The Darkest Valley

The Darkest Valley

by Rick Dewhurst


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986745768
Publisher: Quotidian Books
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rick Dewhurst earned his B.A. in English literature from the University of Victoria, with training in journalism. He worked as a newspaper sports editor before answering the call to start City Gate Church, where he has served as pastor since 1995.
Rick enjoys a good game of Nine-ball. His first novel, Bye Bye Bertie, introduced readers to the offbeat PI Joe LaFlam. Rick lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his wife Jane. They have three adult children.

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The Darkest Valley 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NikeChillemi More than 1 year ago
This is a profound novel and like all profound books is not always easy to read. I'm reminded of an old cocktail party cartoon I once saw, I believe in the New Yorker. A man races toward his wife, through a chic living room filled with partygoers, a highball in his hand, crying out, "Run, Niles Peterson (or some such name) is coming. He's read a book that changed his life." I'm giving it a four-star rating where star ratings abound, but would have like to have given it four and a half stars if that were possible. This is a story of a an ordained minister in the Canada's Cowichan Valley about to have his church taken from him by elders who want somebody at the helm a whole lot more seemly than Pastor Tom Pollard. His heart for the Natives on the nearby reserve and his "center" to help the poor has not endeared him to the most powerful elements in his church. The novel is not action packed, and in fact is rather depressing, but I kept turning pages. I didn't like pastor's wife, Ruby Pollard, much due to her nasty streak which I felt predated her terminal cancer. Her dishonesty in her marriage also turned me off. However, I agreed with her. I would've liked her husband Tom to work up a bit of gumption now and then. It became awfully painful watching him fail. And yet, as I turned the pages, I began to care about them a great deal. It also was apparent they deeply loved each other and were doing absolutely the best they could. If the most interesting character is Jesse, the self-absorbed atheist/nominal Catholic editor of the town's small newspaper, the one I liked the best is Will, the half-breed Christian who's new found faith has angered his Native father and his tribe. After Will is kidnapped, I wanted to slap Pastor Tom for having been so listless and apathetic when Will repeatedly tried to tell the man of the cloth of this coming danger. At one point in the story, Jesse says to Tom, "With Christians like you in the lead, it's a wonder anyone ever joins your flock." I have to agree. At another juncture in the story, Jesse says he's happy Tom and Ruby don't hide behind the typical self-righteous Christian façade. He's thrilled to find they're as messed up as the rest of us. I do think this is very important to many nonbelievers, especially intellectual nonbelievers whose razor sharp minds have not saved them from the mess, pain, and dysfunction of life. I would highly recommend this novel to them. My feeling is this is the "every church" story... and my meaning is akin to what is meant by the "every man" story. I'm sure there's more of Tom Pollard and his wife Ruby at the helm in churches all over the globe than most Christians would like to admit. After all, church leaders are only people, calling notwithstanding, and people all have feet of clay. Church politics in churches in every mountain and glen resemble the unkindness and backstabbing in this novel, of this I'm sure. It is obvious the author is a pastor.