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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The River
by Michael Neale
received copy from Booksneeze for review

about the book
“The River is a story that will transform how you see yourself and the world.” —Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer, The Traveler’s Gift, and How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

“You were made for The River . . .”

Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure.

But something holds him back—the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old—something no child should ever see.

Chains of fear and resentment imprison Gabriel, keeping him from discovering the treasures of The River. He remains trapped, afraid to take hold of the life awaiting him.

When he returns to The River after years away, his heart knows he is finally home. His destiny is within reach. Claiming that destiny will be the hardest—and bravest—thing he has ever done.

My Review

The River is a heartwarming, gut wrenching novel that will touch your emotions in every way possible.

Gabriel is a 5 year old boy who witnesses his father drowning in the River.  Dad was attempting to save the life of another person and loses his struggle.  This event emotionally scars Gabriel in ways one can only imagine.  Events occur and the adult Gabriel is drawn to that same river.  He learns the truth about his fathers' love and respect for the river.

A wonderful story that uses the river as a metaphor for our lives and fears.  Face your fear and grow as a person.  There are religious tones in this novel that enhance this fantastic, inspirational story.

1 comment:

  1. I also read and enjoyed The River. It's really a book about trusting God, letting go of past hurts so that you can move forward in life. I think the River is not just a metaphor for our lives and fears, but a metaphor for God. It's an inspiring story about the possibilities that unfold when you are willing to take a risk. Life with God is meant to be an adventure--this book reminded me of that truth! Great review.