The One Who Gives Life: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of Two Rivers
About the Book
Author: Michael W. Henry
Release Date: April 10, 2020
In 1840 Pastor Allen Hartman leaves behind his white-steepled church in New York, and the woman he hopes to marry, to serve as a missionary to Indians in the Oregon Territory. On his epic westward journey, he is plunged into the dark end of spiritual warfare and vital intercession. His mettle is further tested when he’s asked to stay in a village of Arapaho already contending with a malevolent witch doctor—where Allen has to draw upon courage he didn’t know he possessed and discovers ministering to Indians is not at all what he imagined.
Arapaho medicine man Two Rivers knows one thing—the Great Spirit is sending White Falcon to help his people defeat the malicious spiritual forces determined to overpower the tribe. But even as White Falcon teams up with Two Rivers, Allen finds himself enslaved in a cave and in a heaven-meets-earth clash of faith with an evil sorcerer. With his life at stake and his new friends unable to help, will Spirit-led prayers of believers lead to a complete victory, or will something be left undone?
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Two Rivers was unlike any book I had ever read. It was filled with angels, demons, and spiritual battles. It was definitely an interesting read.
As a book about Christianity and spiritual warfare, I did see some good faith messages that I do believe are important to know and be reminded of. There is a spiritual war going on, and oftentimes we forget. We need to remember to always trust in Christ and lean on Him instead of our own understanding. I’m sure the author presented some of his own experiences from his missionary work in his book; however, I did not agree with all the theology that was presented.
I did love learning more about the Indians and their religion. I knew very little about Native American culture and this book educated me on their traditions and lifestyle. I also like how the author didn’t paint the Indians in just one certain light-like how some books may just portray them as evil, or others just portray them as friendly and good. Instead, I believe that Michael W. Henry paints the reality. Some were evil, others were friendly. But mostly, they were just skeptical of the white man and wanted to protect their people and land.
I did like Allen Hartman’s character, and the character of Two Rivers. Hartman is definitely a man of faith, even before his journey starts. Two Rivers is a kind man, and someone who I am glad I got to know through reading this book.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Michael W. Henry’s ministry has spanned from serving as a missionary in Mexico, where he encountered intense spiritual warfare, to planting and pastoring churches in Washington state. A Christian counselor, Michael is certified through the American Association of Christian Counselors and offers spiritual-life coaching to believers searching for deep faith encounters with Jesus. Michael has long been fascinated by Native American spirituality and culture. He and his wife, also a certified counselor, live in Wenatchee, Washington, and enjoy hunting, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities with their four adult children and two grandchildren.
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