Friday, September 14, 2012

The River Book Review

Book Review of The River
  by Michael Neale

REVIEW BY: L. Bankhead

      This story is all about The River.  What river you ask?  I guess you will have to read it to find out.  Yet, basically, the protagonist has always been inexplicably drawn to The River.  Not just any river.  The River - "a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies; with rushing waters beckoning one to experience freedom and adventure."  Without giving everything away, a tragedy born from an accident, gives way to fear, bitterness and a monotonous life.  Shackles imprison.  Even so, "you are made for The River." 
     I'm immensely fond of this book.  It's a simple novel that follows the life story of one man, and his mysterious connection with The River.  It's a true testament of how tragedy when you are young can shackle you to fear, anger and resentment.  It's also evidence that once you go back and face the truth, redemption and healing can take place.  NOTE: Although touted on the Christian market, this book does not actually speak about God or Christianity of any kind.  Although, you can easily see the metaphor between God and The River.  The book doesn't necessarily require deep thinking, but the heart matter that comes to the surface does.  Let go, let God.  I recommend this reading to anyone 14 and up.  It also includes and Author Interview and a Reading Group Guide.  Interestingly enough, the author also penned the song Your Great Name now made famous by Natalie Grant. 

(I received this book free from as part of their blogging prograom. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
NEXT UP!  Reviews coming your way this Fall....

She's Got Issues DVD Curriculum by Nicole Unice (coming Sept 25)

Darkness Rising by Lis Wiehl

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