Friday, June 3, 2011

Peace Like A River

"Real miracles bother people. Lazarus obeying orders and climbing up out of the grave -- now there's a miracle, and you can bet it upset a lot of folks who were standing around at the time. When a person dies, the earth is generally unwilling to cough him back up. A miracle contradicts the will of earth. My sister Swede, who often sees the nub, offered this: People fear miracles because they fear being changed -- though ignoring them will change you also."   -quote from Leif Enger's book Peace Like A River
I've been meaning to mention a great fictional novel I read earlier this year.  It's not a new book, it was published in 2001.  I was reminded of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, and would credit Enger on being as good of a writer.  The story takes place in Minnesota during the 60's and is narrated by 11 year old Reuben, whose older brother, Davy, commits a crime and flees sentencing.  The reader follows the family as they get in an Airstream trailer and go searching for Davy.  I would describe the book as an adventure, a tragedy, a love story mixed with  the the possibility of miracles.  The book is interlaced with Biblical language and faith, and has a wonderful description of heaven as any I've read. 

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