Review: Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent prose and metaphor.

Main character has asthma, and knows his weakness.
His father is a man of faith - miracles happen around him.
His big brother kills two bullies who enter their home to rough him up.
His sister is a poet who makes sense of life through her steady meter.

He flees the law, and the family finds a semblance of redemption while seeking him. Great exploration of our response to sin. Anger? Sin back? Reject the faith? Write about it? Cling to family? Pray and wait and work?

Shocking ending, which deepens the pain and keeps it real.

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