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Any fisherman can attest to this undeniable truth: when it is just you, a fishing pole and the water, God's loving presence can feel closer to you more than anything else. Author and longtime angler Bill Rooney can confirm this truth from personal experience, feeling the peace of God while bobbing in the waterways of the United States and even Canada. He recalls several of his favorite fishing and camping memories, as well as those of friends and recognized authority figures, in his new book of short stories, Fishing for God (and vice-versa). The articles, published pieces from the author's years freelance writing for various magazines, combine fishing tips, stories and even scriptures that include one of the most appreciated fisherman, Simon Peter. The truth he hopes to reveal is that God calls us to become more like disciples of Jesus, embodying fishers of men and not just of fish. Rooney has been married for more than half a century to the same long-suffering Italian woman (who will undoubtedly be put up soon for canonization as a saint), and they have four grown children-Karen Lazo, Kevin, Brian, and Kristin Davidson-and five grandchildren. He and Rita live in the little town of Buena Vista in central Virginia where the Blue Ridge and the Appalachians bump into each other. On his daily morning hikes he praises God for faith, family, friends, and good health.