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CFBA-A MARRIAGE CAROL by CHRIS FABRY & GARY CHAPMAN-REVIEWED


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Marriage Carol
Moody Publishers (September 1, 2011)
by
Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

CHRIS FABRY is a graduate of W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and Moody bible Institute's Advanced Studies Program. Chris can be heard daily on Love Worth Finding, featuring the teaching of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers. He received the 2008 "Talk Personality of the Year" Award from the National Religious Broadcasters. He has published more than 60 books since 1995, many of them fiction for younger readers. Chris collaborated with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye on the children's series Left Behind: The Kids. His two novels for adults, Dogwood and June Bug, are published by Tyndale House Publishers. Chris is married to his wife Andrea and they have five daughters and four sons.



GARY CHAPMAN is the author of the bestselling Five Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio program airs on more than 400 stations.


ABOUT THE BOOK

On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they’re traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer’s office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Paul is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs—and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?

If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of A Marriage Carol, go HERE.

REVIEW:

 A MARRIAGE CAROL
By Chris Fabry &
Gary Chapman
Published by Moody Publishers
ISBN# 978-080240264
144 Pages

Back Cover: On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they’re traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer’s office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Paul is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs—and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?

REVIEW: I was excited to receive a review copy of a book that had two authors I adore. A Marriage Carol reminded me of two movies blended together. The first The Christmas Carol and the second The Family Man. In each of these movies the main character is thrust into taking a serious look at their lives and how things would end up if they don’t change their ways!

The Marriage Carol has Jacob and Marlee on their way to sign divorce papers in the middle of a snow storm on Christmas Eve, which just so happens to be their 20th wedding anniversary!

Jacob and Marlee honestly believed divorce was their best option right now for them and their three children. The couple felt, “they would absorb the pain of their choices and the changes that had made them such different people.” They couldn't make the marriage work anymore!

I loved the characters and the spiritual jewels I found inside the pages of this book that made me think about family, relationships, and marriage differently. I could see how the little choices we make daily set our feet on a different path we hadn't ever intended to walk on.

Jay says, “The choices you make lead your heart toward your husband or away, they are never inconsequential.”

I also liked what he had to say about storms, “Snow is God’s way of cleaning the landscape. He makes everything new that way. But when it meets, it reveals what is underneath. What’s hidden. What’s true. Melting snow exposes. Each flake is like a choice we make, the choices piling on one another.”

I see this as a family Classic Christmas story enjoyed reading year after year. This story will warm your heart and have you look at the choices you make in life, even the little ones, in a whole new light. Thanks to Chris and Gary for writing not only a great story that's fun, but one that stirred my spirit, my mind – and even touched my soul.

I liked how Gary Chapman said in the author notes, “….my hope is that this story will reinforce the message that there is a great power in small choices…ultimately, the greatest hope comes from a love outside of us, the love of God who wants to reconcile us to himself.”

I still can’t get over how much they packed into such a small book, with characters that stay in your heart and mind after the story is over. You’ll enjoy reading this book over and over again! I know I will!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

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