Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Not In The Heart" by Chris Fabry: Book Review

“I’ve found the only thing I can control is how well I tell the story and follow the truth. . . . The truth will always lead you to a good place.”--Truman Wiley, lead character in "Not In The Heart"
Welcome to the world of a gifted, out-of-work investigative reporter and writer who is estranged from his family that needs him desperately and which he needs desperately.  A world of devastating illness, addiction, crime, love, trust, distrust, societal struggles with organ donation, and the world of the condemned on death row.

This book has overlapping plot lines and character development that will leave your mind reeling and won't allow you to put it down for long at a time before you are drawn to pick it up again.

Chris Fabry has done it again!  He has created a tale that stabs at our heart's door and jogs our conscience with issues that we sometimes don't want to face.  Issues to which we and society as a whole don't really have clear-cut answers.

As this plot unfolds, so do the scars of life come to the surface and a healing of soul begins to take place.  Personal healing of relationships between father and daughter, father and son, wife and husband.  Healing of a soul in need of a redeemer but which struggles with accepting that redemption and forgiveness.

No peaking at the back of this book for it's exciting conclusion.  This is a read in which you will not be disappointed.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-4861-2  Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Who is Chris Fabry?
Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia... Read Full Bio 

Addiction:   The main male character in this book, Truman, is addicted.  His addiction is gambling.  Most of us have someone in our lives who are addicted to something.  Growing up in a conservative Christian home, there were few addictions and vices with which we had to deal.  There were, however, a number of "smokers."  Chain smokers light up one cigarette after another, finish meals with a smoke, and begin and end the day with a smoke.  Addicted?  Certainly.  Most of the time smoking is not something that ruins families like drinking, gambling, immorality.  But it is addicting, and it has a lasting, detrimental affect.  Our family has dealt with emphysema and cancer as a result their smoking habit or addiction. 

What has your family dealt with in the line of addiction?  Share your story in the comment area and I will share them with the author, Chris Fabry.

The release date in February coincides with observances that create a greater awareness of the issues brought forward in the book. National Organ Donor Day, as designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is set for February 14. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) will be observing Problem Gambling Awareness Week March 4-10, 2012.

I was provided a complimentary an advance reader copy of "Not In The Heart" by Tyndale House Publishers in order to provide a review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review. 

1 comment:

  1. Our family has a couple addictions and are in the recovery state. It was a hard time growing up with the addiction in the family, so having to recover from that and supporting them was a hard few years we have overcome it and things are good now.


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