peace like a river

This novel is most likely the best bit of fiction I’ve read in a long time. With rich and lyrically crafted language, engaging characters and plot, Peace Like a River by Leif Engers is a modern classic, in my opinion. I truly enjoyed the enchanting melding of faith, innocence and miracles with tragedy and crime.

I heartily recommend this piece of literature. Read it and let me know what you think…or if you have already, any thoughts?


11 thoughts on “peace like a river

  1. lauren s.

    I remember you mentioned this book on my blog, and I checked it out then on Amazon and thought it looked really good. I wish I had time to read it now. All I want is some good fiction, but I’m trying to not get into anything until I finish Great Lent, which I am totallly stalled on. I started out really liking it, but now I’m having a hard time finishing it and keep reading the same page over and over again and putting it back down. :P

  2. Mimi

    I’ve read it, but it’s been a long time. It was very lyrical, I do remember that. I also agree with Lauren, I think it ended not as strong as it began.

  3. Mimi

    Oooh, Aaron, you bring up a good point. I clearly was projecting *my* opinion that “Peace Like a River” ended a bit slower than it started onto Lauren.

    My apologies.

  4. Mimi

    Dear Aaron, it didn’t at all. Upon re-reading you are right. I clearly didn’t read it carefully.

    I agree, I’d love to hear Lauren’s thoughts on “Great Lent”.

  5. lauren s.

    Oh, Great Lent, nothing much to blog about. I think sometimes I get on info overload, and there is so much to learn about Orthodoxy! Honestly, I’m not a big detail person, and the way Schmemman describes every service is very beautiful, but very detailed and I have a hard time staying focused. That’s all. I think I just need a little break. :) Jason, absolutely loves it, but had a hard time reading For the Life of the World, while I adored that book, and I’d love to go back and read it again.

  6. aaron


    The best advice I was ever given, the best advice I think anyone exploring Orthodoxy can heed, even for those who are “certain” they want to enter the Church…take your time…enjoy the journey, the exploration, and get to know Christ better in all of this.

    You both have my prayers.


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