Michael Neale’s newest journey along the river is another lesson in life from a riverman. This time the lessons come as he again tells more of his story to Blake Caruthers, a friend whose original meeting is recorded in The River. As is the earlier work, Into the Canyon is a wonderful allegory of God’s constant presence in both good times and bad.
Blake’s marriage is in crisis and in order to sort out his mixed emotions, Blake decides to visit his friend at the River. The story which follows allows Blake, and the book’s readers, to look at their lives alongside something more powerful than they are themselves.
I found Chapter 22 to be particularly moving as I remember my own wedding day a little over 40 years ago. Many of us have used the lighting of a third candle to symbolize the uniting of two lives. Michael Neale uses the image of two streams coming together, merging, but still retaining some of their own distinct characteristics.
Though I have never seen Michael Neale’s “The River Experience” in concert, but if anything like the book, it would be well worth the time attending. In the meantime it was again a joy to ride the River and as it helped Blake find his way, it also allowed me to examine mine.
______________This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.