“Surfing in Heaven” is an upcoming book (2022) that is my story as a surfer finding work/life balance in Silicon Valley by learning to put Heaven first.
The term “Surfing in Heaven” is both a metaphor and a vision for how I invest my time and energy each day. Jesus said it well when he spoke about storing up treasures in heaven rather than investing in what we have here on earth (Matthew 6:19-21). By starting each day with my eternal future in mind, I found myself able to navigate the many work/life balance challenges I face. Heaven is a game changer! As the waves keep coming with increasingly shortened intervals, I have gained a radically new perspective. It is like going back to the 1960s and surfing without a leash. My life is untethered from earthly expectations. I have peace of mind about laying the groundwork each day for my life to come in Heaven.
Here’s an outline of the book — the section titles (called “waves”) and chapters of “Surfing in Heaven” are as follows:
Prologue – Waxing Up:
A brief summary of the book; this life on earth is a time of preparation [to wax up] for the ride of our life in Heaven.
1. Waxing Up
1st Wave – Longboards to Shortboards
The rapid transition in surfing [and my life] from dad’s Bob Simmons surfboard (drag a foot to turn) to the slash and thrash short board revolution of the late-1960s.
2. Malibu and the Greatest Generation
3. Crown of the Sea
4. San Onofre Surfing Club
5. Power of Prayer
6. Leisure Studies
7. The Spirit of Char
2nd Wave – Eight Feet, Cold, and Glassy
Riding high on the technology wave in Silicon Valley while discovering the best wave (and rides!) of my life at Steamer Lane.
8. Riding the Wave in Silicon Valley
9. Circle of Life
10. Peace of Mind
3rd Wave – The Perfect Sunset
The passing of dad (Kona Jack) and the legacy he left the grandchildren.
12. Kona Jack
13. Lessons for the Grandchildren
4th Wave – Stoked!
New beginnings after being laid off from Oracle at age 62 and learning to listen within.
14. New Beginnings
15. Hit Over the Head With A 2X4
16. Slow Down
5th Wave – Paradise
God’s promise of heaven and the wonder that awaits us there.
17. Begin With The End In Mind
18. Opening Day in Paradise
19. Heaven Can’t Wait
20. Tides of Evidence
6th Wave – Rock Dance
Learning to surf without a leash in life while dealing with “Allota Shit” along the way…
21. Surfing Without a Leash
22. “We don’t do email …”
23. Marathon Faith
24. “A Lotta Shit …”
25. STOP and Smell The Roses
7th Wave – The Green Room
My vision of surfing in heaven. It will be better than we can imagine!
26. Surfing in Heaven
8th Wave – Kicking Out
Knowing my future is secure in heaven as I prepare to kick out.
27. The Future is Secure
28. Kicking Out