Book Review: Peace Like a River

Thursday, January 5, 2012

11-year-old Reuben Land lives in Minnesota during 1962. He was born with severe asthma, and according to his family and the doctor, that he lived at all was a miracle. His 16-year-old brother Davy gets thrown in jail after protecting his family to the extreme against some local teenage boys who sneak into the Land home in the night with baseball bats.

The small family ends up on a cross country road trip in the middle of winter searching for miracles and finding them, time and time again.

It's a story of faith, miracles, and great adventure.

It's not high-speed adventure; it's slower and methodical, more lyrical {which isn't a con to me, but might be to those who thrive on faster paced stories}.
Very bittersweet.

Beautiful beautiful beautiful story.
Reuben's little sister Swede is the wittiest, most entertaining 8-year-old I've ever met.
It takes place in the 1960s.
It's full of miracles and God, which I found inspiring.
Every character is interesting and intriguing and well developed. It wasn't hard to follow the story.

Loved it, every bit.
5 stars all the way.


  1. i read this a couple years ago and loved it too! you're right about it being's a meandering sort of book. i feel like it just kind of snuck up on me and made me love it by the end.