Title: White Water on the YukonWhite Water on the Yukon
Author: Bernard Palmer
Pages: 125
Recommended Ages: 8-11
Star Rating: ★★★★

Introducing Captain Jerry Morton, master of the Yukon!

The Story.

Captain Jerry Morton had to postpone his wedding when his ship was wrecked in the harsh waters of the Columbia River. He is eager to gain enough money to go through with the wedding, and decides to accept a job navigating the even more turbulent waters of the Yukon, bringing supplies to the gold miners who have set up camp along the way.

But Jerry’s first mate, Boston Travis, seems determined to cause trouble for Jerry. First he tries to undermine him with the crew, then mocks him to his face. But his last strategy is strangest of all – when they arrive at port, Boston brags endlessly about Jerry’s great talent and seamanship. Why would he do such a thing?

When Jerry’s managers ask him to command a journey that is practically impossible based upon Boston’s recommendation, Jerry realizes what Boston was about. He hopes to rid himself of Jerry by sending him on a mission that nobody could complete! But Jerry can find no way to back down in the face of such a challenge. He will take his ship up to White Horse if it’s the last thing he does…

Discussion.

I actually really, really liked this story. It’s written by Bernard Palmer whose stories – published by Moody Press – have a tendency to be preachy. This story had some elements of Christianity in it, but they seemed much more balanced. Instead of spouting salvation messages at his crew, Jerry takes the time to develop relationships with his men, then offers them counsel based upon that individual knowledge instead of making blanket statements about what they need in they lives.

And then there was the trip itself, which was actually well-written. The antagonism between Boston and Morton, the tense moments when it appears the Winnie Sue is about to crash on the wicked rocks of the Yukon, and the indefatigable spirit of Morton himself were all handled well by Bernard Palmer. Reading this story after some of his other more mediocre stuff made me wonder why he couldn’t create more stories like this one.

The theology is, of course, more mainstream – people are invited to take Christ as Savior, etc., but it wasn’t too bad. :)

Conclusion. A good story with good Christian themes woven into it.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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