Sunday, March 4, 2012

Not In The Heart: A Book Review

About The Book:

Truman Wiley used to report news stories from around the world, but now the most troubling headlines are his own. He’s out of work, out of touch with his family, out of his home. But nothing dogs him more than his son’s failing heart. 

With mounting hospital bills and Truman’s penchant for gambling his savings, the situation seems hopeless . . . until his estranged wife throws him a lifeline—the chance to write the story of a death row inmate, a man convicted of murder who wants to donate his heart to Truman’s son.

As the execution clock ticks down, Truman uncovers disturbing evidence that points to a different killer. For his son to live, must an innocent man die? Truman’s investigation draws him down a path that will change his life, his family, and the destinies of two men forever.

You can read a preview of Not In The Heart here, on Google Preview.

About The Author:

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's novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, andNot 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. Visit his Web site at

My Review:

This is seriously one of my favorite books of 2012 thus far. I know that is a big statement to make as it is only March but honestly, it is a great read. 

You will be inspired and challenged as you read Not In The Heart. Although it is a piece of fiction, there is so much to take from it and apply to your own life. The themes of redemption, forgiveness and healing are seen throughout the book.

 The book is very well written, with character development that improves with each chapter. There is suspense, mystery, humor and more as you read each page, and Farby writes with such a style that you feel as though you are right in each scene. 

I love that the ultimate theme is that God's redemption shows through despite our choices and experiences. He is the ultimate redeemer, we just need to reach out to Him to carry us through.Everyone knows a "Truman" - someone who is addicted and for whom you are praying for - and I am no different. I currently know a couple of people who are dealing with alcohol addiction and it is my heartfelt prayer that they will surrender their lives and their hearts to Christ and allow Him to heal them of this addiction. I am not sure how these situations will turn out but I do pray for them regularly. 

 I have not read Farby's work before, but definitely will look into read more of his work for sure. A delightful and amazing read for sure. A great book for book clubs or small group discussions.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Not In The Heart at your favorite bookseller from Tyndale House Publishers

***I received a complimentary e-copy of this book, courtesy of NetGalley, Tyndale House and The B & B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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