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The River

Title: The River
Author: Michael Neale
Genre: ,
Description: Ever sit down at an airport and have a stranger try to engage you in conversation? That is exactly what happens to the narrator of this story. His plane is delayed and then canceled. The next flight home is hours away. He is forced to wait and begrudgingly listens to the stranger who begins speaking to him. At least it begins that way. This is a story is a quick read. Nearly everyone can identify with some aspects of this tale: loss, struggle, family, and life lessons, just to name a few. This is a story about one man’s spiritual journey to find himself and to find a place where he belongs. The story is also about being courageous and being bold, even when you feel like turning away. It is also about forgiveness and drawing close instead of pushing back. Gabriel spends his childhood trying to make sense of a tragedy. He finds answers in the one thing he fears, The River.


Gabriel’s journey is encouraging for anyone who struggles with the wrenches that get thrown into life. He learns that no one has control, but we learn how to respond to the changing river. The River is so complex. Just when you think you have it figured out, something happens and it changes. Rain affects the flow of water. Fallen rocks affect the water.

There is quite a bit of symbolism in the story. I think this would be a great book for a book club and to share ideas about it. I enjoyed reading this story. It is different in style and in content from many of the books I usually read. I especially enjoyed the setting of the outdoors and the mental picture of the Arkansas River and it’s beautiful rapids. I would recommend this book to both men and women. It is not an overly “religious” book, which makes it easier to recommend for anyone who avoids such reading material. However, there isn’t anything that shows that it is a Christian Book. I was surprised to finish the book without reading a single word identifying God. His hand in Gabriel’s journey is implied, but not much more.


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