Send down the rain

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader


Send down the rain


Charles Martin


Thomas Nelson






339 pages


Joseph has been adrift for many years, but his heart is good. When he runs into a woman and her two small children on the run from an abusive husband, he sticks his neck out, literally and figuratively to help them. When Allie, his flame from many years ago needs help rebuilding her restaurant, he is there.

But he has a secret, a big one, and that secret influences everything about him to the point that no one believes who he really is or actually can believe.

Send down the rain contains a lot of violence although not necessarily gratuitous violence but it is there. Yet could a book about a Vietnam vet not contain violence?  There is no real mention of Christianity or spirituality throughout the story although goodness and doing the right thing are integral parts of the book.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of contemporary Christian fiction, fans of Charles Martin

Christian Impact:

Forgiveness, forgiveness of self, trust, self-sacrifice

Other Notes:

Contains discussion questions

Send Down the Rain: New from the author of The Mountains Between Us and the New York Times bestseller Where the River Ends

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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