You Cannot Grasp the River

Christian - Thriller
374 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2021
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

You Cannot Grasp the River by Brent Brantley is a thriller with strong Christian themes. The story follows Benjad, an orphan boy whose life is threatened by the shaman known to have killed his parents. He is from a world that is harsh and where people believe in angry spirits. When this native Papuan boy is adopted by a missionary, Clay, and his wife, Alice, he finds a new home in the city, quite different from the life in his tribal setting. The young boy discovers love in his new family, but he is still haunted by the murder of his parents. While he struggles to embrace his new Christian faith, he still can’t overcome the tribal belief that a loved one’s murder must be avenged. Things escalate to an explosive finale when the evil from his past comes back in human form to kill him.

This is a deftly written story, and the author balances Christian values with tribal beliefs, establishing a defining contrast between Benjad’s life in his tribe and life in the city. The conflict is written with ingenuity. Besides the physical and cultural elements that fuel the conflict, the reader encounters a protagonist torn between two contradictory beliefs: the forgiveness proposed by his newfound faith and the call for revenge rooted in his traditional belief. You Cannot Grasp the River is emotionally charged, deftly written, and beautifully paced. The characters are fully drawn and multidimensional. The author writes the themes of family, faith, tradition, and love intelligently and captivatingly. The elements of the settings are explored in detail, and readers have clear images of where the story takes place. Overall, this is a moving tale about the pull of the past and the liberating power of the Christian faith: it is compassionate and affectingly warm.