Saturday, September 1, 2012
The River by Michael Neale
The River is an analogical novel that is easy to read and thought provoking. In a way it was thought provoking as to how it relates to Christianity, as the book is published by a Christian publisher. (There are no revelations or discussions of Christianity or God, etc. in this book.) I found myself, however, also relating to the concepts in this book. Concepts of fear, including fear of living life, and overcoming such fears. The story is very good, although predicatable at times. It's basically a coming of age story and how the main character overcomes difficult obstacles to becoming the man he was meant to be. It is well written and I found it hard to put down. I like that it is a thought provoking book. I was disappointed in the lack of Chrisitian influence, as the anaolgical concepts could come across as non-Christian, i.e. new age, secular, etc. It is a good read, but I would recommend this as a non-Christian book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."