Healing the Fisher King: a Fly Fisher's Quest

By G. Scott Sparrow

A powerful true story of one man's spirtual & emotional healing on the home waters, the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas, of his childhood. Lured by the dream of catching a great fish, the giant spotted seatrout in the middle years of his life, the author takes his 8 year old son & boat on a journey.


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ISBN: 1-929841-28-0

EAN: 978-1-929841-28-8

Binding: Softcover

Publish Date: 15/03/2005

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The book, Healing the Fisher King: A Fly Fisher's Quest, is the story of one man journey to the familiar waters of his childhood -- the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas. Lured by a desire to catch a giant spotted seatrout -- but directed by a dream that points to the Laguna Madre as the setting for healing & transformation -- Sparrow takes his boat and his 8-year-old son on a journey from Virginia to south Texas that proves more difficult than he imagines.

He discovers that the unresolved pain in his life -- stemming, in part, from his parents' divorce and now his own -- is also alive in his son. As they spend the first days fishing together, Sparrow and his son spiral into a dark place that is confusing & disturbing. The author draws upon the legend of the Fisher King and the Holy Grail in order to arrive at a way to address his son's needs, as well as his own.

As he begins his fly fishing search for the mysterious fish so aptly named cynoscion nebulosis -- "starry nebulae" -- he soon discovers that his quest for a great fish mirrors his lifelong yearning for communion with God. He is led throughout by radiant dreams, his knowledge of spirtual tradition, and a willingness to face his own past with ruthless honesty.

Against a backdrop largely failed fly fishing experiences, Sparrow makes progress toward understanding his lifelong resistance to living from his heart. This resistance sets the stage for an eventual encounter with death through the agency of a stingray's painful wound. Becoming infected with Vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacteria, he eventually realizes that he has a choice -- to live fully, or to die.

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Weight 0.75 lbs
Dimensions 6.1 × 0.5 × 9.2 in


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