"Graced by Waters" Virtual Book Launch

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John Dietsch—fly fishing coordinator on the timeless film A River Runs Through It and stuntman for Brad Pitt—explores our connection to the outdoors through the prism of fly fishing and investigates its transformative and healing power in the face of loss.  

In this inspirational and humorous collection of essays, author John Dietsch sees his addiction to and passion for fishing as a parable that can help us shift from compulsive thinking to mindfulness and a closer connection to God. From creating fishing scenes on the set of A River Runs Through It in Montana, to directing fly fishing shows in New Zealand and from exploring deep canyons in California to guiding in Colorado, John shares his experiences and asks the question: what are we really fishing for? Through John’s journeys across the globe, we discover that the same pursuit in fishing—of what is elusive but attainable—can be applied to our own spiritual journey. In the end, Dietsch uncovers his own truth under the rocks of a childhood river, recognizing the loss of both his brothers as the path of acceptance and faith that is graced by waters.

Onnalee MacDonald, Executive Director, Brand Partnerships AFAR Media

With a deep passion for travel, Onnalee joined AFAR Media eight years ago as the key lead on the West Coast to drive print and digital advertising solutions for a wide range of brand partners targeting the discerning traveler and those that crave deeper, richer, more meaningful travel experiences. Prior to AFAR, Onnalee excelled at driving partnerships across national brands for Vibe Magazine, Teen People, PopSugar, WB and Billboard. Raised in Laguna Beach with the ocean as her playground, she is an avid swimmer and occasional surfer who is most at home in and around the water.


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