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The River Is Rising
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Audio, Cassette, 2007
Top Customer Reviews
The town is amazed by Rosa's easy delivery, rejoicing at the Hannah's birth and looks upon Hale Poser with new interest. Then the unimaginable happens and Pilotville is thrown into chaos, white and black uniting for a time in common effort. Hoping to be of service to the distraught parents, Hale undertakes a journey into the swamps that will uncover the implacable darkness of man's inhumanity to man, throwing him into the deepest moral crisis he has ever experienced in his orphaned life, challenging his faith in himself, the world at large and his God. But this is a man of such deep and abiding faith that he will turn adversity into revelation, opening himself to the great lessons that await in the dangers that inhabit each moment of daily life for some time to come.Read more ›
Bottom line: It will haunt me forever. I love to visit New Orleans and the bayou country, so the atmospheric setting, a main character itself, grabbed me and held me from the start.
And having grown up in a quiet mainline denomination, I now enjoy what Poser desired--mixed congregations that do read beyond "Be still and know" and apply the last of the Psalms. : )
With its well-drawn main characters, subtle use of dialect, often lyrical prose and powerful, sometimes shocking plot, there's no surprise it won the Christy for Mystery and Suspense.
Poser is desperately searching for some sense of who he is, where he came from, and who his parents were. Pilotville lays in the bayous and swamps of Louisiana, far from almost any place and accessible only by boat.
Poser gets a job as a janitor in the African-American Infirmary and is content to fit in and listen--until he saves Rosa and James Lamont's new baby daughter, Hannah, from dying at birth because the doctor was too drunk to perform a needed caesarean section. Did the janitor/reverend perform a miracle?
That's the debate until baby Hannah is kidnapped from the hospital. But who would take her? And is there a connection to the other mysterious disappearances of children over the years? Rosa is devastated and the father won't stop searching the bayous for their daughter. And Hale won't stop praying and thinking and seeking answers, not only to his own questions, but to questions people in town sometimes think about--but never voice out loud.
Can you be a slave and not know it? Can someone appear to be kind and benevolent and yet be truly evil? Can people with absolute power over another's life be brought down? Can separate but equal become equal together? Can the truth really set you free when you tell people and they don't believe you anyway? Is God listening and are prayers answered?
This book will grow on you. It will make you ask questions that need to be asked. And the reader will look for answers that are there to be found.Read more ›
As the story opens, the Reverend Hale Poser poles down the Mississippi River in his ancient pirogue to the town of Pilotville, Louisiana, humming a disturbing tune and looking for clues to his heritage. The blue-eyed African American orphan has an unusual closeness to God and the ability to seemingly work miracles.
It's 1927, and slavery is only a distant memory for most folks in Pilotville. But simmering under the surface of the seemingly tranquil race relations in the small town is something as sinister as the darkest parts of the swampland. Although blacks and whites exist in a sort of harmony, they refuse to worship together. And, since 1883, twelve newborn babies have disappeared, snatched from their mothers at night while they and their little ones were sleeping. Who wants these children? And for what nefarious purposes?
Hale helps Rosa Lamont deliver her baby, which is seemingly breech (the first "miracle") and grieves with them when the baby abruptly is kidnapped. He then rouses the town, both blacks and whites, to hunt tirelessly for the infant. "He had come to find his mother, or his father, or at least a tombstone with their name --- his own name, whatever that might be --- and here he was, looking for a stranger's child instead."
In search of the newborn, Hale embarks on a dream-like journey on the tumultuous Mississippi River. Dying of thirst (with the fetid swamp water mocking him all around), he drags himself at a shore where inconceivable horrors, long thought laid to rest, await.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the way the author shows God is in everything. There's no coincidence in life it's all God Incidences. It s a circle that's completed in the end.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
The story is even more powerful than the first time. It goes to the heart of Christian life. service and sacrifice.Published 10 months ago by barb
Loved this book. one of the characters is give power (or is he) and becomes very proud. I have been there and know it causes a fall. He recovers and does well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Papa Jim
I thought the book was a slow starter. It did pull me in and I loved the analogies between the story of Moses in the Bible and the Moses in the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pat the seamstress
Mr Dickson is so gifted in that you never know what to expect next in his books. Always suspense and surprises and this book did not disappoint! And I love the spiritual side.Published 14 months ago by KathyTalbot
I enjoyed reading this book. I won't go into details because I don't want to give anything away. I was on the edge of my seat until the end. I'm glad I read this book.Published 14 months ago by Avid Customer