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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Oct 30, 2003

CWN doesn't ordinarily do book reviews (yet). But I just finished reading a terrific novel, and I came away thinking: "Why hadn't anybody told me about this book?" So now I'm telling you.

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, a thoroughly American novel published in 2001, which somehow escaped my notice until last week.

First of all, it's a rip-snorting good story. The plot involves death and injustice and a chase across the Badlands, and Enger's narrative tone and vivid imagery kept me turning the pages; this is not an easy book to put down. But as the plot unfolds, you realize that there's much more than merely a good story here. What looked at the outset like a straightforward Christian message turns out to be a much deeper meditation on the nature of faith and the character of the Church.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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