Book Review: Leave a Well in the Valley

Leave a Well in the Valley Book Cover Leave a Well in the Valley
Dale Peterson
Xulon Press

This book will encourage you and show you how it is possible for a man to live through difficult times with great integrity and to use the lessons that God taught him to refresh the lives of others. --from back cover

As the old hymn goes, “Leave a Well in the Valley”, so does Dale Peterson’s incredible story. It would be an understatement to say that this book is his well. In fact, he has many, and freely tells of them as he takes you through his journey.

I met Dale Peterson and his wife at my Church. We attend First Baptist Church of Northville in Northville, MI. He came in one Sunday morning to talk about his book and speak about his work, complete with a stack of books. I’m glad I picked up a copy.

I found myself completely immersed in Dale’s story of a family man, pastor, missionary, and then the center of a tragic shift in life. Open and honest, Dale took me through what felt like several valleys on his journey to restoration and ultimately the writing of this book.

Are you struggling with something? Going through a hard time? Dale’s writing and experience will give you what you need to take the bad situation, and turn it into a well for someone else to find and take comfort in. Filled with plenty of scripture to lean on, you’ll find this book both biblically sound, encouraging, and well written guide for trials.

I loved how this somewhat autobiographical book also presented a lesson and teachings. I appreciate the open book that Dale offered himself up as.

This is a fun read and a winner.


Written by Dan
This is my collection of bible study lessons and book reviews. I am the Executive Pastor of Cross Waves Church and graduate of the Willmington School of the Bible, part of the Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity.