Saturday, October 6, 2012
The River – first novel by songwriter Michael Neale
By Janey DeMeo
Special to ASSIST News Service
VISTA, CA (ANS) -- The River by Michael Neale tells the story of Gabriel Clarke, haunted since early childhood by the memory of a tragedy no child should have to witness—a misfortune that leaves him fragile and broken.
But Gabriel’s story is not over. He was made for a higher purpose. He was made for The River. And only when he returns to The River—something brought about through circumstances beyond his own planning—does he face the truth.
The River forces Gabriel to overcome his fears, to face his past, and to discover the unpleasant details about what really happened on that dismal day when he was five-years-old. The River changes his life. But it also means he has to change his if he is to fully enjoy the freedom and joy The River offers him. He must forgive.
The River brings healing and redemption. Gabriel is finally home.
The River, although published by Thomas Nelson, is not an overtly Christian story but it is a safe wholesome and inspiring read for adults young and old alike.
Michael Neale is an award winning Christian songwriter, especially known for the song, Your Great Name. www.michaelneale.com/your-great-name
The River is Michael’s first novel and can be found in most Christian bookstores.
This review also appears in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.
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