Friday, October 5, 2012

The River by Michael Neale

Another incredible book by Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is the story of Gabriel Clarke. Gabriel was born in the Colorado river area the son and grandson of River Guides. Gabriel's mother who was not sure of the river life left him when he was young. Poor Gabriel watched his father die when he was five while trying to save a kayaker. He was forced to go live with his mother in the midwest in a small farming town. His mother grew to love him but his childhood was troubled, lonely and full of grief. Without giving too much away the story is how Gabriele makes his way back to the River area to realize his heritage and background. His wise mother gave him his father and grandfathers journals and leads him to acceptance, forgiveness and hope for his future. I absolutlely could not put this book down. It was riveting from the first page to the last. As a watcher of hawks and a believer that God sends me hawks as reminders when I need them, I was particulary drawn to the hawk reference in the story. I know that God uses them in real life, not just Gabriele Clark! I received this book free from Thomas NElson publishers in exchange for a review. I am in no way obligated to give it a favorable review.


  1. I also read and enjoyed The River. 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! Great review. Also, the author has free chapters available on his Facebook page if your readers want to read them.