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Like a River Flowing carries the reader back in time to the Deep South where a boy’s idyllic summer is shattered by a brutal crime and staggering miscarriage of justice that will change the course of his life. Written with deep insight into character, place and the nature of good and evil, the book combines history, suspense and courtroom drama as we follow a young man’s journey from despair, to purpose, and ultimately, to faith and redemption. With chilling resonance to issues of race and injustice alive today, this first novel by Ben T. Rowe brings to mind the words of William Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

–Susan Regele, Writer and Documentary Filmmaker

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Ben Rowe is in the tradition of great Southern authors. His writing is atmospheric. He begins by pulling the reader gently into a deceptively simple era and place, then blows to smithereens all traces of that world. From that point the skin prickles and the senses, all of them, are heightened. One can’t turn the pages fast enough. He’s a master story-teller who challenges the reader in very unexpected ways. A great first novel. One hopes he has another one soon.

–Norman McCrummen


This book will transport you to a world long gone by, the South of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Ben Rowe's descriptive powers are superb. He brings to life three overall-clad boys walking down a dusty Georgia dirt road, their unseen destinies just ahead of them, murders, murder trials, Southern politics, football, hunting, and fishing and even an exploration of issues of faith. Rarely has a book drawn me so deeply into it. I could not wait for the next chapter.

–Moren Braswell

In this extraordinary book Ben Rowe draws on his experience growing up in small southern towns, as one of Alabama's premier courtroom lawyers and as a student of history to capture the essence of small southern towns, the drama of courtrooms, southern politics and life's essential questions. It will make you laugh and weep. The dialogue will transport you to another time and place. Rarely is a tale told with such sensitivity and authenticity. You will hate for it to end.

–Warren Lightfoot


This is a great story. Will Graham is a member of the "greatest generation," a lawyer and a politician from a small Southern town. He reflects on a life that takes him from tragedy to football fields to battlefields to courthouses to political campaigns. There are rich descriptions of seasons, places and events and questions of faith in the face of adversity. The book is hard to put down so block out some time when you sit down with it.

–Champ Lyons


From the first sentence the reader's imagination is captured and the reader is transformed from being a mere onlooker in the bleachers to being a personally involved participant. From that point on, the reader has skin in the game.

–Vernon Hunter

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