New Hope UMC

Author: Margaret Craven

Although this book was published 45 years ago, it is one of my favorites as it combines faith, nature, and the certainty of life and death in a most inspiring manner. In my opinion, one needs to read this book every few years as it gives inspiration to those who are able to view faith through unexpected events in life.

A young minister is sent by his bishop deep into the seacoast wilds of British Columbia to a parish of Kwakiutli Indians called Kingcome. The Tsawataineuk live in an inlet village and take their substance from the sea and from the forest. The bishop has told the young priest these things, yet he has not told the young priest that he has only two years left to live due to his illness, of which the young priest is unaware.

The young priest learns enough of the meaning of life not to fear death. Through his faith and humanity, he becomes part of the village, of the Indians themselves, and witness to their rituals and beliefs and the gradual disintegration of a culture.

Then, on a cold winter evening, when he hears the owl in the forest call his name, he understands what is going to happen. 

This book is available at amazon.com, owl, and in the New Hope UMC Library. 

Reviewed by: Sandra Whetsell