Thoughts Derived After Reading The River Between Us

The River Between Us

I read Richard Peck’s award winning novel, The River Between Us last week. It got copyrighted in 2003, published as a Puffin book by The Penguin Group, New York, NY.

His books tend to be humorous, and this one may have had a few places that brought out a smile, but the subject matter lent to a serious tone.

He said in an afterword that to research the Civil War could take years. So, he limited the aspects of the war to a small slice of it.

This book was my least favorite of his, maybe because the families grieved over their dying sons. I’ve been grieving over a lady that passed away. Slavery and racism came up for consideration. So, even though the topics in the story need to have light shed on them, the timing could have been better for me.

The Christians in the novel didn’t represent the love Jesus wants us to share with others. The Apostle John being inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote in 1 John 4:7-11:

1John 4:7, (ESV)  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and  whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1Jn 4:8  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1Jn 4:9  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

1Jn 4:10  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1Jn 4:11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.


Sometimes Christians fall short. Sometimes people say they’re Christian, but they don’t read the Bible or try to live in a manner that pleases God.

That’s unfortunate.

To change the subject, I got a book of Davis Bunn’s from the library last week entitled The Imposter.  It sounds intriguing.

God bless!


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