Description of Into the Canyon by Michael Neale
A tragic event can be like a refining fire, burning away what was and producing something more pure--a clearer vision of what life should be. But for some, pain becomes paralysis.
When John Clarke gave his life to rescue two reckless kayakers decades ago, his death became a powerful catalyst for good in the life of one of the boys. Filled with gratitude, Jacob Fielding dedicated himself to living life to the fullest, guiding people on The River. But there was another brother who was rescued that day. The guilt and shame Billy Fielding carried after his reckless choice has colored every day since, even overshadowing the rich sacrifice John Clarke made.
John's now-grown son, Gabriel Clarke, has come back to The River. Thanks to Jacob's mentoring and the journal his father left behind, Gabriel has come to know and love The River's ways. Now face-to-face with Billy Fielding after all these years, Gabriel experiences anew the dual choices offered by The River: everlasting and abundant life . . . or death.
So much more than an allegory, this story will challenge readers to love deeply, forgive extravagantly, and live a life for the things that really matter.