What perfect timing that I should receive a copy of Wherever the River Runs right before leaving for a cross country trip from Nashville to Los Angeles. I figured I’d be bored silly and have tons of time to read. Then I tucked it in my bag and forgot about it until our last day of the journey. I think it worked out best that way.Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It completely captivated my attention.
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter shares how her trips to the Amazon rain forest provided spiritual insights and forced her to reevaluate her priorities and life. She shares about the people she met and the contrast between her world and the Brazilian world. In the Amazon she found herself surrounded by people in dire poverty going through unbelievable hardships and yet they exhibited a peace and joy unknown in her upscale American culture.Her yearly mission trips drew her closer to God in a way she never imagined.
I began reading this book totally unprepared for what it was. I thought it was just going to be a missionary story, which would be interesting enough. But this was so much more. Wherever the River Runs has some of the best descriptive writing I can remember reading. Ms. Minter brings the people and places of the Amazon to life with her colorful word pictures that capture not just the physical appearance, but all the emotions and sensations she experienced as well. I found myself laughing and crying as I read and often had to read aloud to my husband so that he, too, could appreciate the beauty of the words and the experiences portrayed.
This a book that everyone should read. I can’t wait to share it with everyone I know. If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for your own copy of Wherever the River Runs, comment below. Drawing will be held Saturday, August 8, 2014.
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.