The River by Michael Neale
This book is available today, September 18th.
Description from Publisher:
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.
I chose to review this book because I was intrigued by the simple title. Growing up on a ranch I often found solace and comfort in the river myself. Seeing God's power there has continually spoken to me throughout my life. This led me to want to know what the character in this novel discovered for himself in the water.
I enjoyed the twists and turns that were involved in this book. The story was simple and I was easily drawn into it. It just told a story. We follow Gabriel on a journey of forgiveness. It wasn't preachy or seeming to have a hidden agenda. It just told the story. I enjoyed the fact that it helped you know what step should come next in your own journey of faith. I got a little disconcerted halfway through when River dreams and a cheesy teen romance popped up. The story, however, redeemed itself with character and depth.
I think you could share this book with anyone. There are people in all of our lives that would feel bashed about the head by most Christian literature. This book is not one of those. It speaks and ministers without preaching. Great read.
This book was graciously provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.