Written by cycleguy on January 6th, 2015

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In the fourth expectation of this post, I mentioned a book, Wisdom Hunter (WH), which radically changed my life. Since WH is a work of fiction, it would be easy to pass it off as fluff. It will be to your detriment to do so.

WH was written by Randall Arthur (aka Randy Dodd in real life) as a semi-autobiographical book detailing his “near death” by and rescue from legalism. It was 1994 when I read WH for the first time because I loved to read fiction. One year later, while on a spiritual retreat of 4 days of prayer and fasting, I read WH again. I am not ashamed to admit God had softened my heart so much that I struggled with tears through most of the book.

It is the “fictional” story of Jason Faircloth, a hard-nosed fundamentalist pastor, whose world is turned upside down by the death of his runaway daughter (a result of his overbearing legalism at home) and subsequent death of his wife, who blames him for her death. The book is his search for his son-in-law and granddaughter, neither of whom he has never met. Disclaimer: during his search his whole way of thinking changes and Jason is not the same man he once way.

Woven into the story, are journal entries which document his questions and findings. In a very real way they parallel Randy’s own situation (to a point) and changes of thought. I’m going to encourage you get a copy of WH for yourself. I have, over the years, probably given away over 50 copies to friends and family-people I knew needed to hear this story. I promise you will not be disappointed if you buy it. If so, let me know and I will buy it back from you so I can give it away.

Randy and his family were serving in Germany when his mission board became aware of his authorship of WH and he lost close to 80% of his mission support. I began correspondence with him as Randy, Sherri and the kids were making plans to go to Berlin to start a church. He has since moved back to the states. His heart for God is genuine. This book shows his heart. You can read about him at his website.

Randy has also written three other novels: Jordan’s Crossing (the danger of liberalism); Betrayal (a sequel to WH that will leave you shaken and humbled); and Forgotten Road (the danger of the health/wealth teaching). If you like WH you have to read Betrayal aka by a newer title, Brotherhood of Betrayal. He has recently written a non-fiction book entitled 46 Stones.


14 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    Because of your recommendation I read all 4 of his books in this series. Definitely enjoyable. I like how Jason’s role and his stage in life changed from book to book.

  2. TC Avey says:

    These sound like great books. I love fiction that has a purpose- that moves me and leaves me thinking about it for days and/or years later.
    I’ll add these to my reading list! Thanks, Bill.

  3. Sounds really good. I love reading fiction, but rarely do anymore because of time. Sounds like it’s worth the read though. Thanks Bill!

  4. Sounds interesting

  5. Another book for my wish list! Sounds like a riveting and moving story, Bill. Thanks for the recommendation. Blessings!

  6. Ed says:

    I’ll agree with Larry, it does sound interesting. I’ll have to see if kobobooks has these..

  7. Dan Black says:

    This sounds like a great read! Thank you for sharing about it.