Overview Neurologist Alexandra Pace teams up with British physician Michael Kenway to search the Amazon jungle for an indigenous people who may hold the cure for the deadly disease that is killing her body and mind.
Deep in the lush and dangerous rain forests of Peru, Alexandra Pace and her team search determinedly for a cure for deadly diseases. One strain of the disease has already begun the process of ravaging Alexandra's own mind and body. Finding a cure is the only hope for her and for her daughter, who has almost certainly inherited the same disease.
Alex believes she is searching for a needle in a haystack until she meets Michael Kenway, a British doctor who lost his wife when "mad cow disease" ravaged Britain in the 1990's. He presents her with an incredible story--a patient suffering from the disease was cured by a mythical "healing tribe" living deep in the Amazon jungle. Reluctantly placing her faith in Michael, who is entirely too religious for her comfort, Alexandra and her team seek out an unreached indigenous group who may hold the cure not only for Alex, but also for the world.
Award-winning, best-selling author Angela Hunt combines the unique rainforest setting, modern science, and a thrilling race for a cure into a powerful message of faith and redemption.
Awards and Recognitions The Canopy by Angela Hunt has received the following awards and recognitions -
ForeWord Book of the Year Award - 2003 Second Place - Religious Fiction category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Canopy by Angela Hunt has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 12/01/2003 page 93
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.57" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 7, 2003
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849943450 ISBN13 9780849943454
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More About Angela Hunt
Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than 100 books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Her nonfiction book Don't Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela and her husband make their home in Florida with their dogs.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Canopy?
A well-executed reminder of the healing power of God's love Oct 6, 2006
Neurologist Alexandra Pace has come to the this site of South America to search for more than just a cure for prion diseases; she's come to find a way to save her own life, and the life of her ten-year-old daughter Caitlyn. Both suffer from a deadly prion disease known as fatal familial insomnia, and Alexandra is already starting to see early symptoms of its onset in her body. Her only hope is the rainforest, and a cure that may be contained somewhere in its plant and animal life.
Enter Dr. Michael Kenway, a British doctor with a tragic past who came to Peru to get away from it all--and ended up staying on as a physician for a small rainforest village. Then one day, a native stumbles out of the jungle, reeling from a wound in his abdomen but speaking coherently about a mythical healing tribe known as the Tree People who have the ability to cure the "shuddering disease." The native dies the following day, and Dr. Kenway's subsequent autopsy confirms his suspicions: The native's brain shows the presence of a neuroencephalopathy, a fatal, incurable prion disease in its latest stages. Even more intriguing, though, is that the prion disease wasn't the cause of the native's death: It was his abdominal wound that killed him.
Having read about Dr. Pace's research in the jungle, Dr. Kenway immediately seeks her out with his newfound information. Alexandra is reluctant to trust the British doctor; his unashamed love of God contradicts her atheistic beliefs, but eventually she agrees to be part of an expedition into the heart of the jungle, a search for the mysterious Tree People and their remarkable cure. But Alexandra is truly in a race against time itself, as her disease continues to work its way through her system, making walking difficult and sleeping downright impossible. When they reach the Tree People, the cure is not exactly what Alexandra expected--and she must put aside her personal beliefs and professional logic and take a leap of faith if she and her daughter are to have any hope of surviving.
THE CANOPY was my first Angela Hunt book--and I have to say, it was pretty good. Some of the dialogue is questionable, most of the characters are pretty underdeveloped, and Alexandra's vehement hatred of Christianity seems a bit excessive; but the plot is inventive and the pacing of the story is spot-on. Hunt excels at creating atmosphere; her prose brings the world of THE CANOPY, the lush rainforest and its indigenous inhabitants, to life. And her message of the redemptive power of God's love is thought-provoking and well-executed, creative and deeply spiritual. Incidentally, the book also contains information about the field of neuroencephalopathies; and while the writing is a bit too technical in some spots, the research is still interesting.
I'll definitely read more of Angela Hunt's books in the future. She tells a good story, and, as a plus, her stories contain a meaningful message. It's nice sometimes to be reminded of the awesome power of God's love; and for that reason alone, I'll pick up more of Hunt's works. Recommended for fans of contemporary Christian fiction--or for anyone who just enjoys a thrilling adventure story.
Started off great, lecture in the end. Mar 7, 2005
When I started this book I was thrilled and excited in learning more of the this site forest and the indigenous occupants. The material was interesting and I read into the morning hours. I was not aware this was a "Christian" piece of literature. About 3/4 of the way through the book I became extremely disappointed. The "answer" to the disease of the main character was a religious lesson elaborately woven into the plot. I was upset with the portrayal of the native religion. It certainly was biased, especially about the spiritual beliefs of the natives. An excellent non-fiction book about the Yamamamo tribe is Into The Heart by Kenneth Good, an anthropologist who lived the tribal life. I have no objection to Christian literature as I have read Philip Gulley, Lynn Hinton, and Vinita Hampton Wright's books and have enjoyed them immensely. I open my heart to many religions that offer love and morality and respect the differences of others. If I had an interest in a lecture I could have attended any Christian church. Much of the book is captivating, but I was disappointed in the last 50 or 60 pages of the book. Marilyn Walters
Surprisingly good! May 7, 2004
I enjoyed this book very much. It was full of excitement and truth...I loved the ending! Expect the unexpected!
The Canopy - a real blessing! Mar 12, 2004
The Canopy is one of the best books I have ever read. As a Christian, it was a joy to be reminded once again that every man, even those without God, can know that HE exists because "the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." (Romans 1:20); and also that God is patient and "long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (II Peter 3:9)
Angela Hunt writes and fantastic and thrilling story, while at the same time gives interesting and factual information concerning diseases (physical and spiritual) and how medications and cures for them are found, along with sharing the love of God and the means HE uses to draw people unto Himself (the ultimate cure for sin).
This would be a tremendous book to recommend to those who do not know the Lord so that they could see how those who have "seen the light", although it might mean physical death to them, it ultimately gives them eternal life! Angie's insights to the truths and promises of God are incredible. What a blessing and encouragement when she takes the time to share them with us through her writings.
Very Disappointing Mar 10, 2004
At first this novel was compelling but then odd inconsistencies popped up. The main character had an very overblown reaction to the positive mention of Jesus, even for a non-believing character. She seemed a fairly reasonable person up till then. I coudn't understand her vehemently negative attitude. I realized that I had picked up a book with a somewhat fundemantalist bent. I continued to read but was sorry I had.
In The Canopy, all the Christians are good, self-sacrificing, and pleasant even when faced with adversity. The non Christians are unreasonable and prone to be cranky. Other religions are based on evil spirits and those that follow them are evil too. (In this case, The Angry People and a guide.) Bad things happen to bad people. Heaven forbid if you are involved in hanky panky or you will be among the first to be killed off. Angels can cure a version of Mad Cow Disease if you only believe.
There must be novels out there that can show the positives of Christianity without condemning the rest of the world or being sanctimonious but this isn't one of them.