by Deborah Raney

October 2005
ISBN: 0-373-78543-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

This novel opens by showing the reader Joshua and his life in Haiti, where he has chosen to use his gifts in the medical field as well as his gifts of the heart. Itís heartbreaking for the reader to find him dying shortly into the story, and this is the event that brings his father Max to Haiti.

Max wants to find out what made his son work. For Max, his career has not been about how he can help people or putting those skills to work in a goodly pursuit. Rather it has been about the homes he can live in, the cars he can drive, and the status symbols he can acquire. He sincerely does not understand his sonís motivation, and seems to put little hope in the fact that such a thing as God exists.

Over the Waters, while literally crossing seas in itís actual story, would be much more aptly titled "Under the Waters" as Max has to go under the waters of his superficial life and find out what things are truly important. He also has to come to terms with the fact that he doesnít feel he gave Joshua adequately the things he possibly should have.

The story is moving and takes a reader into a manís heart, emotions, and thought processes. It was very real and flowed naturally. The progressive story of Haiti and the people you come to meet throughout this novel will remain in oneís heart long after the last chapter has been written.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Katy.

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