Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Weed and Water by: Ian Palmer Review

Book Title: Weed and Water Author: Ian Palmer Genre: Teenage Redemption story; Christian faith Paperback: 266 pages ISBN-10: 1506188451 ISBN-13: 978-1506188454
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Originally from Australia, Ian lives in the high desert in his beloved Southwest USA. As a petroleum engineer, recently retired, he consulted all over the world. When he hikes with them or watches them play sports, Ian’s grandchildren are a particular source of happiness. His main interests are hiking, dancing, writing, and stimulating conversation. Ian regularly writes a new blog on various topics relating to Christian faith, and has also written a book called Hiking Toward Heaven. cooltext1885521552

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 A mysterious stranger helps a teenage boy called Ethan rescue his mentor, an elderly father-figure, from drowning when their canoe capsizes in a flooding river. A star athlete, Ethan later gets involved in unsafe sex, which leads to drugs, and gets him blackballed by jealous and gossiping team-mates. The boy is going down, and at times hates himself for it and for hurting his mom who is a caring, loving, and beautiful woman. After another disastrous episode, where Ethan might have died, the river-stranger turns up again to confront him about his life choices. However, even after rehab, the boy’s condition is marked by a yo-yo attitude which causes massive emotional heartache for his mom. The river-stranger, after sharing his own amazing history, suggests taking the fight to another level which draws on the resources of God. This begins a new and fascinating sequence of events, including a tornado, which get Ethan’s attention. The book is a captivating story, packed with adventure in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest USA. But it is also a goldmine of spiritual wisdom for teenagers. The mystery that permeates the story is compelling, and the thrilling ending may call for a tissue or two.

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My review;

Ethan is a teenager who saves his friend, a father figure from drowning. While he is trying he is helped by a stranger who then leaves. Ethen used to be a really great athlete who, because of bad choices, gets  in a lot of trouble. He has a really great mom and Ethan feels awful about what he is doing and how it affects her. After he almost dies the stranger shows up. Even rehab cannot help Ethan.   The river-stranger talks and shares his feelings and thoughts about God. Ethan starts a new kind of life with different events and he starts to feel differently about everything. This story is one that teenagers that have problems should read. The author shows them in easy to understand language that they should and can make the right choices. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and these are all my opinions.

1 comment:

  1. The book Weed and Water is a fascinating account of building trust between a teenage athlete Ethan and mentors who are trying to help him and his single mom. The boy yo-yos between enthusiastic integrity and depressive rebellion. The book offers practical clues to help readers deal with trust issues between teens and adults.