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Monday, August 17, 2020

About the Book

Book:  Two Rivers
Author: Michael W. Henry
Genre:  Fiction
Release Date: April 10, 2020
In 1840 Pastor Allen Hartman leaves behind his white-steepled church in New York, and the woman he hopes to marry, to serve as a missionary to Indians in the Oregon Territory. On his epic westward journey, he is plunged into the dark end of spiritual warfare and vital intercession. His mettle is further tested when he’s asked to stay in a village of Arapaho already contending with a malevolent witch doctor—where Allen has to draw upon courage he didn’t know he possessed and discovers ministering to Indians is not at all what he imagined.
Arapaho medicine man Two Rivers knows one thing—the Great Spirit is sending White Falcon to help his people defeat the malicious spiritual forces determined to overpower the tribe. But even as White Falcon teams up with Two Rivers, Allen finds himself enslaved in a cave and in a heaven-meets-earth clash of faith with an evil sorcerer. With his life at stake and his new friends unable to help, will Spirit-led prayers of believers lead to a complete victory, or will something be left undone?

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This book is one I found very intriguing. I liked how the author chose to talk about spiritual warfare in the setting of the 1840s. The story is loosely a western type book but oh my does it dig deep into demons, witchcraft and other subjects that are uncomfortable for some. I liked how the story follows Allen on a missionary trip where unexpected things are bound to happen. 
It is quite clear that Allen knows God has called him to this mission and his determination is very heartfelt. I loved how obedient he is to the Holy Spirit as  his travels take him among the Native Americans . Being part Comanche I was very interested in how the author would portray Native Americans and how he would use Allen to minister  to them. I liked the biblical stories the author uses as he shared Allen’s travel . Abraham and Sarah lived in tents and traveled a great distance much like the Native Americans do in this story. 
The author does an excellent job  of showing Allen going to live with Two Rivers and learning  about their culture. It is a very impressive depiction of the Native American life. Allen faces danger yet his steadfast faith will see him through . I loved how the tribe shared stories with Allen and allowed him to share Jesus with them. I absolutely loved the book and didn’t want it to end. There are nuggets of wisdom in this story that I found to be very well written. Can we be as faithful as Allen and witness to others? What can we learn from other cultures? Obedience, faith, trust and God’s love is felt as Allen encounters evil trying to kill him. The ending is so powerful I wanted to scream with joy. I am hoping the author is writing another book because I can’t wait to see what the Lord has laid on his heart through a story. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.  

About the  Author

Michael W. Henry’s ministry has spanned from serving as a missionary in Mexico, where he encountered intense spiritual warfare, to planting and pastoring churches in Washington state. A Christian counselor, Michael is certified through the American Association of Christian Counselors and offers spiritual-life coaching to believers searching for deep faith encounters with Jesus. Michael has long been fascinated by Native American spirituality and culture. He and his wife, also a certified counselor, live in Wenatchee, Washington, and enjoy hunting, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities with their four adult children and two grandchildren.

More from Michael

Two Rivers is a story about courageous faith. I wrote it because as a missionary in Mexico, I had experienced spiritual encounters that I felt needed to be shared. A historical fiction seemed the perfect place to demonstrate the power of prayer and cross cultural respect in an authentic way.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 17
Joanne Markey, August 17
Rebecca Tews, August 21
Artistic Nobody, August 22 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Simple Harvest Reads, August 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Quiet Workings, August 26


To celebrate his tour, Michael is giving away the grand prize package of an eBook copy of Two Rivers, a $50 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. 

  2. Wonderful review, Deana! "Two Rivers" sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Sounds like a great book that my husband would like.

  4. This sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review.

  5. This sounds like Peretti crossed with a Western!

  6. This sounds like a great read.