When the narrator’s flight is delayed, he begrudgingly has a conversation with a man that will change his life. He meets Gabriel Clarke, who as a young boy witnessed his father’s life taken as he saved a kayaker in The River. His life is haunted by that event as he moves to Kansas to live with his mother and grows up broken and hurting. His life changes as a young man, however, as one of his best friends convinces Gabriel to join them on a camping and white water rafting trip. Gabriel now must confront love, The River, and his father’s death. Through it all The River becomes the prominent character in the story.
A great story with a poignant allegory, The River is a book that enlarges our view of God. We learn that one can’t fight the river and its power, but you’re safest when you surrender to it and respect it’s strength. Author Michael Neale invites the reader into a well-told tale that invites us to learn how we were made for The River.
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