In praise of spiritual journeys

Jack Perkins
Jack Perkins' new book is called “Finding Moosewood, Finding God.”
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My first job in high school was at KPQ radio in Wenatchee. Evenings and weekends found me ripping headlines from the teletype machine and reading news into a microphone. It was fascinating to interview former astronauts, candidates running for office and recording artists. But as much as I enjoyed broadcasting current events, I couldn’t deny a feeling that I was being “called” to convey the “good news.”

Believing I was being led by God to become a pastor, I pursued a path that led to a master’s degree in divinity and serving four congregations in three different states. Curiously, in each ministry setting I was provided with opportunities to utilize radio in communicating the “good news.” It was as if the Almighty was guiding me on a journey that incorporated my passions and abilities.

Mike Holmgren, former Mercer Islander and Seahawks coach, is someone who takes his faith seriously. Coach Holmgren once told me that Proverbs 3:5-6 is a Bible passage that has guided him on his spiritual journey: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

My friend Jack Perkins has also discovered the truth of that ancient Jewish proverb. You might recognize that name. For 25 years, Jack was a news correspondent for NBC. He was also host of the “Biography” series on A&E. Jack Perkins was one of the most respected (and successful) journalists in network television when at age 53 he left Los Angeles for a rural island in Maine.

Leaving the fast-paced road of fame to navigate an unknown trail of self-discovery was entirely Jack’s choice. In his new book, “Finding Moosewood, Finding God,” Jack explains his motivation. He had an inexplicable urge to find himself. He had tasted what most only dream of savoring and found it less than satisfying. He’d literally traveled the world on assignment for NBC News. Now he wanted to journey inward while he still had time. His spiritual pilgrimage would take place in a primitive vacation home on an island where he and his wife were the only full-time residents.

It was a trek in which he discovered divine direction occurs when we are willing to quit feeding our own egos and stop trusting in our own understanding.

On Monday, April 15, Jack will be reading from and signing copies of his memoir at Island Books. The author event will take place between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


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