For me, social media is both a blessing and a curse, a curse because I waste so much time dinking around when I could be doing more productive things (like hunting, fishing, writing on this blog or writing another book) and a blessing because I have met some awesome people that I would not have otherwise met.  Jim McCann is one of those people.  I had seen Jim on American Gun Dog while he and Harley Jackson hunted late season ptarmigan in Alaska and was impressed with his Brittanies and the place he calls home, but didn’t know much else about him.  On the show, Harley described Jim as a real “Rennaisance Man”

Jim McCann is the author of Upland Hunting in Alaska, which is the definitive book on the subject. This excellent book is packed with good information and good stories.

Then came Facebook.  I met Jim through a group we started on Facebook called “Bird Dogs & Fly Fishing,” which is a fun group where bird-doggers and fly fishers come together and share stories, photos, recipes, artwork, writings, etc.  In this group, we try to keep things positive and upbeat and the members have been just great.  If you haven’t checked us out on Facebook, look us up and ask to join.  I first became acquainted with Jim through his great photography that he regularly posts on Bird Dogs & Fly Fishing, which include pictures of upland hunting with his Brittanies in Alaska, which is number one on my bucket list.  From his posts,  I gathered that, like me, Jim loves Brittanies, and loves to hunt the noble ruffed grouse and sharptails, definitely a man after my own heart.   As I’ve come to know Jim a little more, I have learned that he is an excellent photographer, a freelance writer, and the author of the excellent book, Upland Hunting in Alaska, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I will be posting a full-scale review of this book soon.   In short, Jim truly is a true Rennaisance Man and I enjoy his photography and writing.

Sharing so much in common with Jim, I decided to ask him if he would be willing to review my book: Heaven on Earth Stories of Fly Fishing, Fun & Faith, to which he graciously agreed.  Here is Jim’s review of my book:

If you’re looking for a how-to book on fly fishing, Andrew Wayment’s book Heaven on Earth isn’t a book for you. Instead this is a book about a young man’s travel through those formative years as he searches for the right career and the love of his life.  Andrew seems to have found both, and attributes his success to his strong faith in God, and in his ability to find solace and understanding while standing knee deep in a tumbling trout stream. Like Andrew, I, too, have often discovered answers and inspiration during time spent in the wild; whether fly fishing or bird hunting, eventually a mountain breeze will clear the fog from my cluttered brain, and a shaft of sunlight filtered through clouds aloft will show me the way.   

As a first time author, I am truly grateful to know that others have enjoyed the book and can relate to its message. Thanks for your kind words Jim!

HeavenOnEarth (2)For those of you who have not yet picked up your copy of the book, you can get signed paper back copies at www.heavenonearthbook.com.

Also, the book is available in Kindle at: http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-On-Earth-Stories-ebook/dp/B00A6VOXMY/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1359608510&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Andrew+Wayment

And in Nook at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heaven-on-earth-andrew-wayment/1112224295?ean=2940015516111&itm=1&usri=andrew+wayment.

For those of you who have read Heaven on Earth, you may be interested to know that I started working in earnest of the sequel to this book, which will be entitled, The River of God so stay tuned!

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