Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
From the back of the book:
Enger brings us eleven-year-old Reuben Land, and asthmatic boy in the Midwest who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and fater, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey unfolds like a revelation, and its conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates.
This was a difficult book for me to get through. While very well written the book moves slowly.
It has some great opportunites for discussion however. A number of miracles take place in the book performed by the father. At times the miracles seem to come without the father's awareness of them, but Reuben (his very life a micacle) acts as a witness to them.
The "controversial" nature of Davy's crime could also open up many avenues of disccussion.
One can also debate the novel whether the novel should be considered "Christian" or "magical realism."
Interview with Leif Enger