Book Review & Blog Tour: Mindful of Him
Despite growing up in a Christian family, Rob has given up on faith. Taking a more scientific and logical approach to life, Rob suddenly finds himself in the midst of crisis following the death of his parents, the loss of a child, and a separation from his wife, Beth. Determined to find answers, Rob sets out on a journey to the source of a river near his childhood home. Along the way, he encounters men that have a profound effect on his life and his thinking. Five months into his trip, he experiences an encounter with God that changes everything.
Reflective and engaging, this novel provides a unique look into the deeply personal thoughts of its protagonist, Rob. I admired Rob's adventurous spirit and his desire to retreat into nature. In searching for the source of the river, Rob encounters the source of life itself, and finds answers to many of his long unanswered questions.
This book did feature some foul language, meaning I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers, but I will say that the language didn't feel forced, but appropriate for Rob's circumstances and world view. I also found myself in disagreement with several of the opinions expressed by Rob's father-in-law, a pastor, who spoke about minor physical abuse as a reasonable approach to solving certain issues within a marriage. That said, those conversations could have been more reflective of the time period (the 1950's) and ideas that were accepted in that time.
So, would I recommend this story? That I'm not entirely sure of. I enjoyed portions of the book, but other moments didn't flow nearly as well, and felt drawn out. Those who are inspired by nature might certainly find this a page turner.
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