The River, by Michael Neale

An intriguing and inspiring book that follows a character, Gabriel, from early childhood through young adulthood as he wrestles with an early traumatic loss and discover how to really live.

We all carry some baggage from our past – whether knowingly or unwittingly. Our ‘baggage’ – whatever it may be – often becomes an obstacle, paralyzing us from pursuing opportunities that present themselves to us. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a way through our ‘stuff’. Sometimes the way is made clear by friends and sometimes we get clarity by having the courage to face our fears.

If you are looking for a consistently logical and unrelentingly realistic book, this isn’t for you. This story blends fact and metaphor, inviting the reader to meta-think, to imagine. Neale develops a picture that is greater than the sum of the parts. It is a story that is designed to move you from out of its wholeness rather than from out of any particular paragraph separated from the whole. By the time you reach the end of the book you’ll most likely say, ‘wow!’

This book was given to me to review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. I am not paid to review it, nor asked to give any particular pro or con review.

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