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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Not In The Heart

A condemned man.
A dying son.
An imperfect father.
How far will one man go to save the life of his son?
Time is running out.

I'm so excited to let you know about a book that is releasing TODAY by Tyndale House Publishers.  The book is Not In The Heart by Chris Fabry.

 Biography  (taken from Fabry's website found at )

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, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.
Chris' novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, and Not in the Heart, have won two Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.
He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.

You can connect with Fabry on Facebook and through his blog The Flog - The Fabry Log

In my experience of reading lots of books, I have found that very few fiction writers are able to write in such a way as to make their characters jump off the page and into your mind and heart.  And very few are able to paint a picture with their words that shows the true condition of the human heart and the gamut of emotion that is often found there and tell a story that leaves you breathless in the end.

Chris Fabry has accomplished that in his story of Truman Wiley in Not In The Heart.

Truman absolutely had me puzzled until the very last page.  In the first few pages of the book, I didn't like him very much.  A little further along into the story, I felt sorry for him.  Then I was really on his side pulling for him.  Then I didn't like him again.  Then I loved him.  At times I didn't know what in the world to think about this man and his extreme selfishness but heart wrenching love for his family.

If that sounds confusing, well it is.  Truman will have you wondering about him until the last page of his story and when you get to the end of Not In The Heart you will realize that we are all just like Truman at different points in our own lives.  Chris Fabry has offered up something really special in this story.  I encourage you to consider it for your next book club (questions for a reading group are included in the back of the book).  But don't count on just one night to discuss this story!  You'll need more than one.

Read chapter one HERE.

You can order Not In The Heart from by going HERE
You can order directly from the publisher by going HERE.

*Audra Jennings of the B&B Media Group sent me a copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Happy Reading,