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.Rating: