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Book details
  • Genre:NATURE
  • SubGenre:Essays
  • Language:English
  • Pages:144
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543987201

Sermons in Stones

Tales of family, friends, & fly fishing

by David Ammons View author's profile page

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There are ghosts in the mountains, and whispers in the wind. Voices from the river are an invitation to journey through waters and woods and canyons etched by time, to connect to purpose and truth and meaning.

Sermons in Stones is a thoughtful and profound reflection on the American wilderness and the experiences of a man who is torn between the trials of the modern world and the simpler, serene ways of nature.


Sermons in Stones is a collection of eighteen beautifully-crafted short stories, anecdotes, and personal narratives offering thoughtful and profound reflection on the author's life experiences in a "mountain wilderness carved by a river". This memoir-of-sorts is a celebration of family, friends, and fly fishing from a man who is torn between the trials of the modern world and the simpler, serene ways of nature. With a poetic voice and pensive mood that invites the reader to step right into the scene, these essays reflect the same tranquility as one would find high in the Colorado mountains.

Praise for Sermons in Stones

"Anyone who enjoys the mountain rhapsodies of John Muir, the fly-fishing reveries of Maclean or McGuane, and the reflective memoir-fiction of Mark Spragg, will love David Ammons' stories and sketches of inspired travel, outdoor revelation, and mountain splendor. Ammons has given us a great first book that makes you want to hike the Rockies or stand right there in the stream as he sends out another cast." ~ Bonney Macdonald, Professor of English, West Texas A&M University

"These essays are sublime, truly lovely and profoundly moving. Ammons' writing has much heart in it." ~ Chrissy C., Editor

"Sermons in Stones is a delightful set of short stories that will fuel anyone's addiction to go fishing. It's an easy, enjoyable read that is nearly impossible to put down."  ~ Pat Dorsey, Author and Fly-fishing Guide

About the author
An avid fly-fisherman, adventurer and explorer from a young age, David Ammons describes his journey as being wedged between a desultory entanglement in the rat race and the ever-present tug of a desire to live in the remote mountains. Husband and father of three, he spends his time between his desert home in suburban Arizona and his getaway in the Rocky Mountains. A dedicated member of Trout Unlimited, a conservation organization focused on the preservation of cold-water fisheries, he continues to work in the corporate world even as he writes, chops wood, and fly fishes the Cache la Poudre River.

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