The Water Keeper pdf (Murphy Shepherd 1) Summary Insight by Charles Martin 

The water keeper pdf book by Charles Martin is the number one book in the Murphy Shepherd Novel. The Water Keeper tells a story of a heart’s cry to love and to open ourselves up to love. Also about Whose we are. And who we are.

The Water Keeper Summary (Source: Dave GoodReads Reviewer)

The story begins on a deserted island where Murph lives in a church without a priest and he has lost those close to him and must lay their weary ashes somewhere. His losses are incalculable, included the one who lifted him from the dirt when he’d al but given up and his lifelong love, Marie, without whom it was “like waking up in a world where the sun had been removed from the sky.”

He has some kind of magnet attracting those that need help from the man whose life had been stolen from him by forty years in prison to the Broadway dancer who lost her daughter while she drowned in dope. The author reminds us that people are like icebergs and we can’t readily see their stories, what’s deep within them, eating away at them.

Religious themes are in the background of the story such as redemption, forgiveness, and faith. As the author explains at one point, we are somewhere east or west of the Garden of Eden and we don’t always hear or trust.

The story is filled with broken people and Murph rescues them from evil even though he can barely heal his own wounds. But he minces no words when it comes to evil like the child traffickers. Evil cannot be bargained with. It cannot be reasoned with. Giving in to evil never satisfies it.

Daily Bible Nugget From The Water Keeper

The book tells the story of a man that goes out of his way to help others, even he has a huge personal wound agonizing him. such is the life dedicated child of God. Everyone has their troubles, and each person is required to attend to their wounds, but going out of your zone to look out for others is a mean feat. We can be like Murph in The water keeper novel. though you have your own challenges to battle, but when we live our troubles for a while to help other, God in turn carries our problems. And who can most effectively handle and take care of our worries of not God Himself. May God give us the strength to help others even when we are in need of help.

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About Charles Martin Author of The Water Keeper pdf Book

Charles Martin
The Charles Martin

Charles Martin author of the water keeper pdf book is a New York Times bestselling author of 16 previous novels, including his most recent, ‘The Record Keeper.’ His work is available in 35+ languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Christy and their three sons.

The Water Keeper pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

the water keeper pdf
The water keeper pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas Nelson (May 5, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0785230912
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0785230915
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.16 x 9.5 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #23,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #40 in Contemporary Christian Fiction (Books)
  • #137 in Southern Fiction
  • #481 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars    5,394 ratings

The Water Keeper Book Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint heaeted
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020

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Wow! Wow! Wow! I wasn’t sure I was going to survive this one. I am getting to old for this much suspense and action. Don’t start this book if you have anything important to do because it won’t get done until you have read the last page. I have no words. Really. Just no words.

M. West

5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Sons Know Best!
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020

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From the time I first met Charles Martin, Christie & their three darling little boys at a hometown bookstore in Clayton, GA, I began a “love affair” with his writing. His writing style, his believable characters, his plots & subplots not to mention his mastery of the English language & beautiful underlying themes & messages all combine to make him one of the VERY BEST of our contemporary authors!
WHERE THE RIVER ENDS has always remained at the top of my list if I was forced to choose my favorites, but, in all honesty, how can one possibly pick a favorite of Charles Martin’s works? Well, THE WATER KEEPER has quickly slipped into contention with RIVER!
I read Charlie’s review…first, in disbelief because I still see him as one of those three cute kiddos Christie was trying to keep corralled in a rather small space while Dad kept signing books for fans who wrapped around the store forever.
Secondly, his description of his Dad was truly heartwarming. A parent would be beyond proud to have a son or daughter write such thoughtful words.
Then came Charlie’s review…say no says all that needs to be said. I did read it in one sitting…YES, Charlie, you were right!!!! Dad’s book is PHENOMENAL! There are more twists & turns than either the Black Creek or the IC.
All I can say is…once again, well done, my friend! Thank you, Christie, for playing such a large part in making all this possible! Charlie, keep writing reviews. You too have your own way with words.


5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO!
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020

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Disclaimer: Charles Martin is ALREADY my favorite author and I adore anything he has ever written so giant bias is in effect. But, WOW! This book! I read it cover to cover in 24 hours. I simply could not put it down. Now I am sad I gobbled it all up quickly instead of savoring it. This man’s talent has just got to be a gift straight from God. His style, characters, themes, EVERYTHING is near perfect. The DOG even has a distinct and loveable personality. The themes of brokeness and redemption are beautifully portrayed. Not going to recap the story, just trust me, it is beautiful and 100% worth reading! Well done Mr. Martin!

Kelly R. Mellen

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Charles Martin
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020

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I’ve been a fan of Charles Martin’s books for over a decade now. I first discovered his writing with “When Crickets Cry” and have since read all of his books, some more than once. I had pre-ordered “The Water Keeper” and truly did NOT expect to get it today, on release day, but to my delight and surprise it arrived this morning. I usually don’t finish a novel in a day, but given that we are in quarantine times and I had more time available today, I began and finished the book all in one day. And I loved it! The way Charles Martin develops characters and story-lines always captures my attention and draws me into each novel. He also has a way of throwing in little turns that I don’t anticipate which is another feature that I admire in his writing.

I would absolutely recommend “The Water Keeper” as well as ALL of Charles Martin’s novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am certain I will read it again.

Paul Goble

5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with amazing writing.
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020

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Charles Martin has something to say, and he says it very, very well.

My words are inadequate to communicate the genius of this book, so here are some of Charles Martin’s words (without any spoilers!):

‘’We three were still standing with our jaws open when we heard the sound.” [Choosing “the sound” rather than “a sound” perfectly sets up several pages of breathless suspense. Such attention to detail makes this Pulitzer Prize-caliber writing.]
“Thousands of knive-edged keels and spinning razor blades have cut this water right here. Sliced it into ten billion drops that somehow come back together again. No scar. Nothing can separate it.” [As with many Charles Martin books, water and water symbolism are a central focus.]
“Pain has a way of exiting the body, and most will let you know when it’s on its way out.” [The main character, Murphy, has exceptional insight into human nature.]
“‘Do you work for the government or something?’ ‘Or something.’” [Murphy has an amazing career rescuing victims of human trafficking. Part of the suspense is figuring out who he is and who he works with.]
“They will tell her repeatedly that she is free to leave anytime, but they will give her every possible reason and incentive not to.” [I learned a lot about how human traffickers–at least ones of the type described in this book–operate.]
“[Love] writes over the old memories. Makes beauty out of pain. Love writes what can be.” … “That’s the crazy miracle that is love. The more you pour out, the more you have to pour.” [Insight into brotherly/unconditional love.]
“I needed to know if the sight, the sound, and the smell of her tugged on me. Or was my emotional connection to her just a function of the trauma we both had suffered in our ordeal?” [Hooray for a wise and mature outlook on romantic love.]

Reading The Water Keeper left me:
Breathless – from the tightly woven suspense
Edified – by new insights into love and healing
Educated – about how human trafficking operates
Inspired – with new ways to converse with addicts and other “damaged” people I encounter
Satisfied – by one of the best denouements I’ve ever read–all of the loose threads were nicely tied

Quick synopsis: This suspense centers around the Parable of the Lost Sheep and explores topics of love and moving from captivity to freedom (physically and emotionally). Murphy, a priest and talented secret agent, rescues girls from human traffickers. Along the way, he picks up a ragtag band of people (and a dog) who need to find their way home.

You will love this book if: you love suspense, literature, and being transported to new places; you are a Christian preacher looking for fresh imagery; or you are looking for healing words in a book of fiction. You may not like this book if: you can’t stand descriptions of blood or you can’t stomach realistic descriptions of the evil of human trafficking. Overall rating: 6 out of 5 (worth buying, rereading, studying, sharing, and even memorizing).

Debbie S

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2021

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Actually ,I’ve enjoyed all of Charles Martin’s books, but this was one of the best. Can’t wait until the next one is released, but not too long now!

Shirley Misener

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book
Reviewed in Canada on April 7, 2022

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My first Charles Martin book, and it won’t be my last I have started the sequel The Letter Keeper – I love his style of writing so hope to read all of his books – this one is adventure, action, love just a great book

Jane Wheeler

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Reviewed in Canada on March 26, 2022

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I had a hard time putting this book down. I did come to think of Murph as a kind of James Bond kinda guy. The not killable kind but we need those in our lives. Without a Saviour we all would be lost.

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