Thought-provoking. A powerful story showing the battle between good and evil; a spiritual struggle of Light versus dark.
Told from the perspective of a Methodist Episcopal missionary, Two Rivers is an interesting glimpse into the life of those seeking to reach the Native Americans with the gospel. I couldn’t help seeing similarities between what the main character was doing and the life of David Brainerd, and while the book was set in 1840, almost one hundred years after David Brainerd lived, it was easy to imagine that their lives must have been somewhat the same.
I’m not an expert on the settling of the west by any means, but having grown up on a steady diet of westerns, I didn’t see anything that made me stop and question what the author had written. The story felt real to the time period. It also felt as though the author had thoroughly researched the Arapaho, from the customs of the tribe to the actions of the medicine man. Again, I’m no expert, but everything rang true to what I know about the Native Americans of the time.
The book was well-written. There seemed to be a good balance of dialog to prose, and I don’t remember being bored by the narration droning on. The author, it would seem, did his research well. Overall, I’d put this book in the worth reading category and would definitely read something by this author again.
I requested a copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.