Monday, January 24, 2011

RIVER RISING by Athol Dickson

Athol Dickson's River Rising is a haunting and redemptive novel that is fast becoming a modern-day classic. River Rising won the 2006 Christy Award for suspense novels.

I've read River Rising twice, and Dickson's vivid scenes have stayed with me, even years after my first reading. Dickson's unique voice lends to his rich storytelling; his symbolic narratives ring with truth and beauty; and his messages prompt a stirring and ache in the soul.

In a long-forgotten attic, Reverend Hale Poser stumbles across a clue to his missing family tree. Armed with this new information, he returns to his roots in a small village in the Louisiana swamp. He takes a job as a janitor at the local infirmary and is soon deemed a miracle worker after helping with the birth of a little girl. But when she disappears without a trace, Hale is thrust into a dark and evil conspiracy. His search for the missing baby leads him into the expansive bayous and to a place that time has forgotten.

Dickson excels at allegorical storytelling, and River Rising's spiritual themes include pride's deceptive nature, racism, the nature of miracles, and Christ's humility.

5 out of 5

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