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Peace Like a River: (23) The Curious Music That I Hear October 19, 2006

Posted by heatherelle in Peace Like A River by Leif Enger.

The Grand Finale!



1. Bethany - October 20, 2006

This was my absolute favorite quote from the last chapter.

“Is there a single person whom I can press belief? No sir. All I can do is say, Here’s how it went. Here’s what I saw. I’ve been there and am going back. Make of it what you will.”

This has been one of my favorite books ever. I have added it to my all time favs list. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. anneswanson3 - October 20, 2006

I wrote that quote down too. I love it.

“make of it what you will” repeated several times throughout the book. So great.

FABULOUS book. A must read for all!

3. heather - October 21, 2006

I love that idea that he is simply testifying — he doesn’t see it as his job to coerce you into believing. His job is to be a witness; it’s up to his audience to believe, or not. A miracle is just that — a miracle. It’s not something that can be logically explained or rationally proved. Believing in a miracle is something that requires faith, and that’s not something another person can instill in you. Only God! I love that Reuben doesn’t deem it necessary to argue endlessly; he simply testifies “make of it what you will.”

I loved that exchange between Dr. Nokes and Reuben, which ends with this: ” …my lungs had not only endured an explosive chest wound but, in fact, seemed none the worse for wear. In fact, reported a perplexed emergency-room physician, it was as though they hadn’t been touched. Of course they had been touched; that was the point. Goodness, I miss Dad.” p. 307 His father’s earlier offer has come to pass: “I would take your place, son.” p. 261 His miraculous healing is bittersweet.

Reuben talks about the rock that is Roxanna: “You should know that Roxanna, married to Jeremiah Land three months before he died, became as much our rock as though God Himself had placed her beneath our lives. Certainly her sacrifice was no less than Dad’s. Who could’ve poured more courage into us? Who couldn’ve given as selflessly as she? For we were a demanding crew.” p. 308 It’s sad to contrast that image of strength, togetherness, and stability with the final image we have of Davy. He spends his life drifting, wandering, and unable to confide: “Exile has its hollow hours.” p. 310

I loved the final page of the book, after Davy has questioned Reuben as to whether he ever doubts. He admits that there are times when he has, and there probably will be times when he will again. But then he goes on to testify to himself, as he looks around at all his blessings: a home (at last the Lands have land!), children, his darling Sara, Roxanna, even Mr. Cassidy’s beloved cinnamon rolls; then finally, a deep breath. “Then I breathe deeply, and certainty enters into me like light, like a piece of science, and curious music seems to hum inside my fingers.” p. 311 That’s the same thing his Dad experienced in their last moments together: “We listened for a long time. Dad held my hand, and I felt the music growing in his fingers.” p. 304 That taste of heaven has filled him with a certainty, and he is “going back!”

Bethany and Anne, I’m right there with you! I loved this book!

4. bethany3boys - October 21, 2006

Loved all the quotes and the thoughts you ahve posted here Heather. Thanks for taking the time to point them out. The testifying and loved the section about Roxanna being the Rock and contrast of Davy.

5. Libby - October 24, 2006

This book was amazing! I read the last chapters late at night because i couldn’t put the book down. The father’s sacrifice for his son was the most touching part. Sacrificial love doesn’t get much better than that beyond our Lord. Enger did an incredible job presenting a beautiful story of faith without ever trying to convince you to believe. A great testimony.

6. Bethany - October 24, 2006

I agree Libby…he did present a beautiful story.

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