BOOK REVIEW– Bridge To Haven

Title: Bridge to Haven
Author: Francine Rivers
Publisher/Publication date: Tyndale House Publishers Inc./2014
Edition: 1st ed. 
Paper back copy. 459 pages.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6818-4

What does Haven signify? Literally, it is a place of rest or safety.
In this book, Haven is the name of a town. The book title signifies a place of grace and mercy for each person. Literally, to enter the town of Haven, you must pass through a particular bridge. Abra Matthews found it hard to come to that bridge once again.
Metaphorically, she also found it hard to pass through that redemption bridge which only Jesus provides.
The Story.
Abra doesn’t feel like ‘somebody’. She feels neglected and unloved. She believes she was adopted at age 5, out of a sense of Christian duty, from the couple who had earlier rescued her when she was found abandoned as a day old baby.
With Mitzi though, she feels differently. Old Mitzi shares her taste for music, is fashionable and doesn’t hesitate to give a piece of her mind.
Pastor Zeke has this to think of Mitzi:

Zeke knew Mitzi as a woman of wits and wisdom… Life experiences didn’t always bring wisdom but in Mitzi’s case it brought a great deal more. She said she’s been passionate in sin, but she was even more so in repentance. She had the gift of compassion for outcasts to prove it.

At age17, this growing red-haired beauty gets lured away from the ones who love her to a place of fame- Hollywood.
She think she’s found love but she is in for a rude awakening. She thinks she’s finally become accepted and respected but finds out fame comes at a terrible price.
I’m afraid of giving spoilers but I find the plot to be predictable in any case. Inspite of this, it’s a very loaded book, with lots of suspense.
I find the root of Abra’s problem to be the thought that she is unloved. Several references were made as to her thoughts of being a castaway even though she was hugely loved.
We get to contrast love and lust. For one, love is patient.
Francine is good with evoking emotions and well, emotions matter greatly.
It’s a lovely and warm read. I think lots of lessons can be gleaned from the book ranging from patience as an attribute of love, to parenting, and life choices. The Story also had to do with the war between North and South Korea and America’s involvement owing to the United Nations.
Francine Rivers brings it as true and as hot as it gets again. I respect the writing process of this book. Francine always appears diligent with her research and I respect that. Fine details of the Hollywood life and fine attention to every character.
The main characters are Abra, Joshua, Pastor Zeke, Penny, Ryan and Franklin Moss. My favourite character is Joshua.
I think this is a good read. I’ll buy this book for every young and ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. I’ll also recommend it to everyone for its central theme which I deduce to be “Love is patient”.
I recommend it very greatly to teenagers and to everyone at large. I rate it 4.0/5 stars.
On the war:

Every soldier who goes looking for comfort, comes back with VD…I have my pocket Gideon bible on me at all times and read it every chance I get. It calms me, gives me hope. Men call me “preacher”, and not in the mocking way they did in boot camp. When death hunts men, they look for God…”

“Being with Gil made Joshua remember the things he’d been taught. “I forgot the rules” he’d addmited to Gil once during one of their early conversations.
What rules?” Gil had asked.

Rule no one: young men die. Rule number two: you can’t change rule number one. I heard it in training, but forgot it in battle

Sometimes God has to destroy in order to save. He has to wound in order to heal”

 As always,
Have you read this book? Are you interested in reading this? Do you have another recommendation for share? Pray tell…


  1. Bukunwa January 9, 2018 at 4:12 PM


    1. debby000 - Site Author January 12, 2018 at 7:23 PM

      Thank you.

  2. Pelwis January 11, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Sounds like a truly interesting read. Like your experience with 26a, twice have I started this book and twice have I stopped. Somehow the first few chapters do not hold me to ransom as is the norm with all the Rivers books I’ve read. Let’s see what happens with the little motivation you’ve stirred up though. After all love is patient! Thumbs up lady. Keep the review rolling in.

    1. debby000 - Site Author January 12, 2018 at 1:52 PM

      Have you read “And the shofar blew”? If you think this one opens slowly, read that book. It’s by Francine Rivers too and I’ve reviewed it on here before.
      Yes, love is patient and reading is also patient?.
      I try not to give up on books until I’m way past one third of it, and still largely unimpressed.
      It doesn’t take too long for this story to open up. You should read it again.
      Thanks a lot. I’ll make sure to keep them rolling in. Have a great day

  3. chipearl February 4, 2018 at 2:08 AM

    You did a great work on this Debby. Read the book some months ago.
    It’s a lovely book.

    1. debby000 - Site Author February 4, 2018 at 4:08 PM

      Thank you so much. I enjoy reviewing books though its tasking.
      And yes, it is a lovely book.
      Thanks for the comment.

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