Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Review: Across the Wide River

Across the Wide River

ABOUT THE BOOK (back cover)
Lowry Rankin knows all too well the cost of freedom; after all,his family's red brick home is the first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Ohio River.

He's seen friends beaten for the color of their skin.  He's watched simple farmers make a difference.  He's even risked his own life transporting escaped slaves to the next "station".  But will Lowry be able to conquer his greatest fear when he's called to speak out?

"This novel captures the excitement of the period, its dangers and moral dilemmas.  There is romance and adventure.  And, essential to the traditions of the Rankin family, there is a witness to the role of God in mankind's affairs, both great and small. - James B. Powers, A Rankin family descendant

This was an interesting book to read, and as I read it I thought that it would be a good book to have my son read for History as part of our homeschooling.  The main character in the book is a young boy and he struggles with feelings of not being big enough, and even a bit of a lack of importance.  That all changes as he learns what his family is doing for run away slaves and when he is asked to help you begin to see a change in him.

You read of the suffering the slaves went through and you feel the pain, the book made me angry at times as I read of the slave master beating the slaves and how they treated them, but we all know this happened, it's just so far removed from my life, which is what made this a good read.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Kregel Publications


1 comment:

  1. LuLu, thanks for reading! Yes, it is incredible to experience with our hearts what we already know in our heads. The Rankin family saw the horrors of American slavery every day, yet they had to decide to follow the Lord's leading. As you learned, it wasn't a snap decision. I hope your son enjoys the living history!

    If you and your readers want to read Wide River or the sequel, The Light Across the River, they can find the first two chapters of each book here:

    Thanks for sharing your blog readers with me!


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