Peace Like A River

Peace Like A River

Streaming Audiobook - 2005
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Born with no air in his lungs, it was only when Reuben Land's father, Jeremiah, picked him up and commanded him to breathe that Reuben's lungs filled. Reuben struggles with debilitating asthma from then on, making him a boy who knows firsthand that life is a gift, and also one who suspects that his father is touched by God and can overturn the laws of nature. The quiet 1960's Midwestern life of the Lands is upended when Reuben's brother Davy kills to marauders who have come to harm the family. The morning of his sentencing, Davy -- a hero to some, a cold-blooded murderer to others -- escapes from his cell, and the Lands set out in search of him. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and they cover territory far more extraordinary than even the Badlands where they search for Davy from their Airstream trailer. Sprinkled with playful nods to Biblical tales, beloved classics such as Huckleberry Finn, the adventure stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the westerns of Zane Grey, Peace Like A River is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, a love story, and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2005
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780060884192
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 37 min.)) : digital


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Dec 09, 2011

I have always wondered if it was possible to write a book from a genuinely Christian point of view that would have mass appeal. Mr Enger has answered my question with his book “Peace like a River”. Absolutely not preachy, yet commanding in its scope, the book seems to inhabit that fine thin air between heaven and earth. It is not so much the plot, which in less skilled hands might be a horrible tragedy on the cover of National Enquirer, but the unfolding of that plot, beautifully and cleanly told. The characters are memorable: real enough yet somehow beyond our reach. The truth is, things happen in this life. Things that cannot be undone. We are reminded that we can stand quietly for what we believe in. This itself is a miracle.


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