Jim Belcher’s book In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity (kindle version) is one of those special books. Part history book, part travel, part journal, part parenting and marriage book. It has it all.
The book follows the Belcher family on a yearlong journey through points in Europe.
What was meant to be a sabbatical, turned into a pilgrimage through many of the most important sites in Europe and most important people to the Christian faith. They spent time in Oxford and around England interacting with C.S. Lewis, William Wilberforce and others. Then time with Van Gogh, Le Chambon and finally Corrie ten Boom. They finished their time with Bonhoeffer, the von Trapp family and Heidelberg.
As soon as I finished, I passed it off to Katie because the heartbeat of this book is the heartbeat we have with our kids: we want them to have a faith that is alive, that is rooted in Scripture, but also rooted in history. We want them to know the great people of faith who have walked before them. The people who have willingly put their lives on the line to do what God called them to do. Who used their gifts of art to glorify God and point people to Jesus. We don’t want them to have a faith that is simply intellectual or regurgitating facts, but one that is alive. One that is rooted in the beauty, goodness and glory of Christianity.
I can’t recommend this book high enough. It was so good. Bordering on being my book of the year.