Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Thank you to Thomas Nelson for letting us review The River A Novel by Micheal Neale. 

This amazing narrative of Gabriel's life and powerful allegory of God. The River pulls you into the book as if you were there. 
It was well written and a refreshing story. The River is a easy read, a time to sit back and relax. 

The River is a allegory. 
What is a Allegory?

A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

From the back cover :
"You were made for The River..."

My own words: You were made for God and to experience his goodness in your life. 

Gabriel Clarke is drawn to The River, just like we are drawn to Our Father. This river is a ribbon of frothy white water carving its was 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. 

My own words: Our own past has been a challenge but knowing we can rest in His plan and purpose for our lives. The River brings this to home through the pages of this book. 

Chains 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. 

My own words: I know for my personal life I had a lot of fear and chains that needed to be broken and Jesus has done that.And he will do that for you. We need to just trust and rest in him. I'm thankful for The River to give me a visual picture. 

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 own words: Your destiny is before you. The River shows you how to be brave and strong like Gabriel, Its as if you are there with Gabriel going through the same trials. I felt empathy for Gabriel as if I was his friend. Jesus carries our burdens and that exactly what Jesus was doing in The River. Gabriel makes peace with The River. We have to rest in His Peace on a daily basis. 

I was inspired to read The River because Micheal Neale is part of our church and He did this Allegory show at our church of The River. It was awesome to see this book in real life. It inspired our son(10 years old) to read the book too. I'm thankful for reading The River. 

God is so good!!!!

If you are looking for a loving read, then you would enjoy The River. 

I received this book from Thomas Nelson through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own. 

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