Run, River Currents by Ginger Marcinkowski

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About Run, River Currents (from Amazon):

As the last of the mourners departed the ornate Catholic Church, Emily entered a side door unnoticed, walked to the coffin, and punched her dead father in the face. “You’ll never be dead enough,” she whispered. “Never.” Determined to recover from the hands of a father who sexually abused her and an emotionally distant mother, twenty-seven-year-old Emily Evans seeks the peace she’d lost in her youth. Yet, shattered by the betrayal of those she was taught to respect and love, she fears that she may never overcome the devastating effects of generations of abuse. Will she ever let herself truly open up to the power of unconditional love? Set in the rich backwoods of New Brunswick, Canada, Run, River Currents is inspired by a true story of abuse, pain, and the struggle to find healing and forgiveness.

About Ginger Marcinkowski (from Amazon):

Ginger Marcinkowski was born in northern Maine along the Canadian border, a setting that plays a prominent role in Run, River Currents. She is one of eight siblings.

Her debut novel, Run, River Currents, a story of abuse at the hands of her father, was published in August 2012, was a 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Awards, and a 2013 Kindle Book Award Finalist, also winning honorable mentions in national awards and festivals. The Button Legacy, a novella, was published in June 2013, was written as a prequel / sequel to Run, River Currents. Her next novel, The Button Heritage was published in 2014 and is the full story of the Polk families journey of faith told through buttons collected over generations. The Button Legacy concludes Run, River Currents dramatic story of healing and forgiveness.

Ginger has been a public speaker and visiting lecturer for many years. She has been a professional reader for the James Jones First Novel Award ($10,000 prize), and has been a judge for the ACFW ‘s prestigious Genesis and Carol Awards. She is actively involved in the Hampton Roads Writers Association and is a member of the ACFW and AWP Writer’s Associations.

An interesting fact about Ginger is in the past, she was a travel agent for many years, which is the catalyst for her new series of mystery books whose main character is a travel agent.

You can connect with Ginger on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

My Review:

I give Run, River Currents by Ginger Marcinkowski 5 out of 5 stars.

I don’t know why I’ve been reading such heavy books lately, except I’ve been dealing with things, and I guess God has just known what I’ve needed. He certainly knew I needed this book.

Run, River Currents tells the story of Emily Douay Evans, the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her father, and how it altered her life.

It delves into her heritage – her mother and father, her grandparents, and the legacies she’s been given: one godly, and one absolutely evil. And while her heritage is a means of understanding what has happened to her, what has happened to her is never treated dismissively. It shows how cycles are often repeated, unbroken, but that can change with just one person’s decision that this stops here.

It delves into her relationship with God – or rather, her non-relationship with God, as she simply cannot believe in a God who cares about her. To a little girl who feels unloved, or loved in all the wrong ways, God is difficult, if not impossible, to see. Emily was real about God, and I was reminded that sometimes others’ gods can cloud our vision of the Real Deal.

It delves into her present life and the trust issues, self-image issues, and anger that stem from her father’s abuse and mother’s neglect.

It’s not all negative, though: because of the godly heritage, there are good memories, along with the bad. There are good people, along with the bad.  And ultimately, it becomes about claiming both.

This story is harrowing, absolutely harrowing. I cried as it ended, because it was so familiar. I am so, so grateful for its brutal honesty, and yet, it ended in a tone of hope. It gave me courage, and it gave me hope.

I highly recommend it for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. With a book like this, there is of course the possibility – likelihood, even – of being triggered, but the story really is handled exceptionally well.

Full Disclosure: Ginger Marcinkowski and I are both published through Vox Dei. This review was not solicited, and contains my unadulterated opinion.

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