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Into the Canyon, The River Series #2

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A tragic event can be like a refining fire, burning away what was and producing something more pure-a clearer vision of what life should be. But for some, pain becomes paralysis. When John Clarke gave his life to rescue two reckless kayakers decades ago, his death became a powerful catalyst for good in the life of one of the boys. Filled with gratitude, Jacob Fielding dedicated himself to living life to the fullest, guiding people on The River. But there was another brother who was rescued that day. The guilt and shame Billy Fielding carried after his reckless choice has colored every day since, even overshadowing the rich sacrifice John Clarke made. John's now-grown son, Gabriel Clarke, has come back to The River. Thanks to Jacob's mentoring and the journal his father left behind, Gabriel has come to know and love The River's ways. Now face-to-face with Billy Fielding after all these years, Gabriel experiences anew the dual choices offered by The River: everlasting and abundant life . . . or death.! So much more than an allegory, this story will challenge readers to love deeply, forgive extravagantly, and live a life for the things that really matter.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 1401688500
ISBN-13: 9781401688509
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Series: The River

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An exhilarating, powerful story from the bestselling author of The River.

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.

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“Much more than an allegory of rising above the struggles of life, this heartrending sequel to songwriter Neale's best-selling book The River is an introspective story of how to move on from past losses to a future filled with forgiveness. This is a perfect pick for a discussion group and for readers who enjoy character-driven fiction.” –Library Journal

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  1. Utah
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story but lacking character development
    November 12, 2014
    alisa
    Utah
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I found this story not quite as moving as I was originally thinking it was going to be. I really enjoyed different quotes from the Journal and I especially loved the different aspects of The River playing into different characters lives. I liked how the author used the River as an analogy to so many challenges in life.

    That being said, the writing style seemed quite weak to me. I never really felt the emotions that the characters did and often found myself thinking, hmm.more could have been done here. The relationship between the main character and Tabitha just didnt seem to be very realistic in some aspects. Its like it didnt get delved into deep enough, or maybe that was because the character development was lacking.

    I did appreciate the different feelings associated with the River. My favorite character, and the most developed for me, was Ezra. I felt more could have been done with his story and how it helped people. The main characters trying to help the lost soul kept getting in the way of the original story.

    Overall, it was a beautiful story about faith and hope and finding oneself courage and strength to move forward.
  2. Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Allegorical Adventure
    November 9, 2014
    Wagaboodles
    Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Into the Canyon is the second book by Michael Neale following The River, furthering the allegorical story of Gabriel Clarke's life. Traumatized at an early after witnessing his father's death saving a kayaker, Gabriel discovers how connected his life is to the River, despite his difficulty of facing the history of what the River has done.

    As in the first book, Gabriel's story is recounted to Blake Caruthers--a man whom an elderly Gabriel Clarke met in the airport a while ago. Blake's life has gone off-track, and he has sought out the wisdom of Gabriel Clarke to help guide him. Gabriel continues his life story of loss and love and learning about the importance of the River and abandoning oneself to it.

    Ultimately a story of faith in God, Into the Canyon weaves a good story while maintaining its allegorical nature. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased book review.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Healing, Closure and Friendship At The River
    November 6, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 Clarkethe stranger who drowned saving him and his brother from their own boyish recklessness. Since that day, Jacobs gratitude has extended to everyone around him . . . especially Gabriel, that brave mans 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Journey Into The River
    November 3, 2014
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Michael Neales 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 Gods constant presence in both good times and bad.

    Blakes 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 books 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 Neales 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.

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    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.
  5. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not What I Expected
    October 17, 2014
    Janet
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    "Into the Canyon" by Michael Neale wasnt the novel I expected it to be. The back cover copy led me to believe it was a story about a man learning to forgive. That was one brief element of the book, but "Into the Canyon" was really a series of verbal snapshots from that mans life taken while he was in his mid-twenties. Throughout the book, Gabriel Clarke, now an old man, is reminiscing about that earlier time in his life while mentoring a middle-aged man whose family is on the brink of falling apart.

    There is no plot. There is no story. Its as if we, the readers, get to see all of the sentimental or emotional moments of a young mans life through which others encouraged him, yet we dont get the context that connects all of these, therefore its hard to believe Clarke feels the emotions were presented with or to believe they were significant at all.

    At one point, early in the book, it seemed as if a great mystery was beginning to unfold. FBI agents were even called in, but that story line was dropped as quickly as it was picked up. For readers, that mystery was never solved. I wondered why it was even introduced at all.

    On the positive side, the book is full of the wisdom of Clarkes mentors that, as an old man, he passes on to his friend. I understood the analogy of The River, appreciated the story of Ama-Woya, and underlined several statement that I thought were profound, but by the last third of the book, it was all starting to feel a bit contrived and clich. I wanted to witness the characters learning these life lessons rather than simply read the summary of what they had learned. This would have increased the books impact for me.

    Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.
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