Peace Like a River: A Story of Family, Faith, and Adventure

Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River is the story of a tight-knit family on a journey to find the eldest brother, Davy, an escaped convict, before the government does. Davy murders two intruders in their home in an act of self-defense to protect his family. He then escapes from prison, and is on the run in the Badlands. The best part of this book is the way the author makes readers appreciate and empathize with each main character. The book is told from the point of view of Reuben, the middle son. Although it is mainly his thoughts and actions that narrate the storyline, his sister Swede and his father, who go on the journey with him, are portrayed in ways that make a reader wish he/she were a part of the family. They are all very different people, yet they are each so likeable in their own way. For example, although Davy is a murderer, readers will think of him as a hero because of how brave he was to save his family. By the end, readers feel like they know these characters as well they know their own family members. Peace Like a River is a beautiful story about faith, justice, adventure, and the real meaning of family, and I would highly recommend it to anyone

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