A debut book offers a collection of Christian meditations designed for the seafaring life.
Spending 90 days at sea is certainly a daunting task for even those accustomed to such a proposition. How does one cope with the vast beauty, ever-present danger, and inherent loneliness? How do Christian sailors not lose their faith while dealing with the occupation’s hardships? Providing a guide of sorts for the sailor on a 90-day assignment (or “hitch” in nautical parlance), the book’s chapters are meant to be read slowly. As Reasoner tells the reader at the outset: “Go to sea with God! Please read this book daily, one day at a time, and both ponder it and employ it—this could be the voyage of your life.” Progressing slowly over topics that range from “Perseverance” to “Nautical Terms” to “Sobriety,” the chapters tend to present a nautical-related subject followed by a connection to God. A chapter dedicated to the subject of loneliness begins with the stark idea that “going to sea can be very lonely and isolating.” How might one handle such feelings? The author assures the reader that “the most effective way to manage loneliness is to turn to Christ. Think of Christ as a friend, someone who has been through it all with you.” Maintaining a tone of practical folksiness throughout, the gems of wisdom tend to be straightforward, though succulent for the true believer. Featuring a number of biblical quotations, sentiments are never far from supporting Scripture. Why should readers believe that their hard work will pay off? They need only look to Proverbs 16:3 TLB: “Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed.” All told, the book’s message is basic, though overwhelmingly positive. As Reasoner states in the conclusion: “I hope you dive into a deeper relationship with God as a result of thoughts generated in reading this.” Though such simplicity may not sway nonbelievers, readers who already consider Jesus an important companion on their voyages are likely to enjoy the pace and content of the provided contemplations.
Easy to read and process throughout, this book delivers practical Christian advice for sailors.