The River by Michael Neale

The River

by Michael Neale

 

Book Description:

“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:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Gabriel, as a small boy, watches his father die in a river while trying to
save someone else. This affects him deeply throughout his whole life. The novel
has a series of characters and stories that help him deal with the tragedy. It’s
a good story, but I would have like to have seen a little more depth. At times,
like in the first chapter when the father dies, I felt like the writer distanced
us from the characters emotions and pain – like we were watching the story
instead of experiencing it. Overall it was good, but it didn’t live up to the
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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

One thought on “The River by Michael Neale

  1. Interesting review–although I must politely say I hold a different opinion. I liked this book, and I’m recommending it to a lot of people. It’s really a book about trusting God, letting go of past hurts so that you can move forward in life. 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!

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