Into the Canyon: A River Novel

Into the Canyon: A River Novel

by Michael Neale
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Into the Canyon: A River Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge reader, but once I picked up the book the river, I couldn't stop and once I finished it I immediately searched the author and found this book and it was just as good! Highly recommended! !
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
"Hope, that's what our souls need... The River gave me what I could not give myself...a reason." Sweet cinnamon, what a refreshing read. I'm not even an outdoorsy type, most of the time, but Into the Canyon took me straight there, right into the wonder of God's open, living creation, with fantastic imagery from author Michael Neale. And, hey, the book's awesome cover didn't do a bad job at all of setting the stage for the story. Admission: I turned on waterfall "white noise" to play in the background while I read much of this novel, but even without my added sound effects, I could have been standing right at The River's edge by way of the images Neale uses to bring Gabriel's story of love, fears, forgiveness, and abundant living to life. Blake's soul-searching account blends in well, and his sentiment while out on the water in Gabriel's enlightening world makes sense: "It was like one part of me started to die and one part of me started to awaken from the dead." While Gabriel has fear, grief, and anger issues to work through as a young man, it seems that his turning point is more or less glossed over, that we see him struggle during specific events and express his doubts to Ezra about whether to believe in God, and then the narrator just tells us that Gabriel's perspective is changing, instead of, perhaps, giving us another specific event or words from young Gabriel to show us how the change in his thinking begins. Also, the use of "The River" metaphor/phrase does get somewhat repetitive. Yet, the journey into the canyon is worth taking, and I'd encourage readers not to "try" to read into the novel but to let the story find them where it finds them, to be refreshed by it. "It's important to share our stories. It helps us know we aren't alone." _________________ BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Michael Neale in his new book, “Into The Canyon” Book Two in The River series published by Thomas Nelson gives us another adventure with Gabriel Clarke. From the back cover:  Some stories take generations to unfold. Gabriel Clarke has The River in his blood: The River that he loved as a child. The River that took his father, John. The River he feared, fled . . . and has come back to now. Jacob Fielding owes the last twenty years of his life to John Clarke—the stranger who drowned saving him and his brother from their own boyish recklessness. Since that day, Jacob’s gratitude has extended to everyone around him . . . especially Gabriel, that brave man’s son. But while the death of John Clarke became a powerful force for good in Jacob, it has been an unshakable source of darkness in another man. When gratitude and guilt meet at the River, two decades after that fateful day, Gabriel finds himself face-to-face with a stark choice for his own future: anger or forgiveness, hatred or love, death or life. So much more than an allegory, Into the Canyon will inspire you to love deeply, forgive extravagantly, and live large. The River itself is just a river starts at the beginning and travels to the sea so it is not the problem. The problem is the events that occur on The River. Not all the trauma that we were exposed to was dealt with in the first book, there was healing, yes, but not complete. Now we are being given closure. “Into The Canyon” is a marvelous read full of atmosphere and details.  “Into The Canyon” is about friendship.  It is about honesty, rebuilding your life and moving forward in a new direction.  It is about trusting God and learning to lean on Him for His guidance and direction.  Mr. Neale knows how to tell a story that is both interesting and thought-provoking and I recommend it highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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.”
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