Behold What is Greater than Thyself - Chris Ahrens (2015)

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“Ahrens is one who has lived life deeply embedded in the topic of his writings. His observations are well worth the effort.”

—Steve Pezman, Publisher, Surfer’s Journal


“Chris Ahrens is one of my favorite storytellers.”

—Jon Foreman, Switchfoot


“A paced and adrenaline-fueled beach-life parable for all ages from America’s most seasoned surf storyteller.”

—Stuart Grauer, author of Fearless Teaching (2016) and Real Teachers (2012)

Behold What Is Greater Than Thyself

For everyone that finds Baja hell on earth, someone else considers it the world’s last paradise. For surfers it’s a great place to find lonely and perfect waves. For sinners it’s a good place to become a saint. For saints, it’s a convenient place to become a sinner. While the unlucky can lose their wallets, their health and their sanity in 24 hours or less, the chosen ones part only with things not worth keeping. Baja is a bad place for some, a good place for others and the only place for a young surfer in big trouble.

When 15-year old surfer Tommy Stern retaliates against his alcoholic father’s violent attack, he thinks he has killed the man. In response to his crime the boy grabs his surfboard and hitchhikes south, all the way into Baja. Once there he is adopted by a family of commercial fishermen. There he surfs perfect, empty waves while learning the ways of a caring family and the art of fishing. After five years his conscience disturbs him and he smuggles himself back into the U.S. where he expects to face murder charges. What he finds upon his return, however, alters his life forever.