A Marriage Carol

By Chris Fabry; Gary D. Chapman
(Moody Publishers, Hardcover, 9780802402646, 128pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc

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<P>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. Jacob 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.<BR><BR>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?<BR></P>




About the Author

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, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.




Praise For A Marriage Carol

<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">Publishers Weekly<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></I></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">A Marriage Carol</SPAN></I><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">-Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman. Moody/River North<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">Christmas Eve marks Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer's wedding anniversary and, 20 years later, the official dissolution of their marriage. Their journey to sign the divorce papers, however, turns into much more when a blizzard and an accident threaten lives. Marlee finds safety in a farmhouse where "Jay" helps her see her past, present, and future and offers a new way of seeing herself, husband, and marriage. The authors seamlessly blend the cleansing qualities of snow ("Melting snow exposes. Each flake is like a choice we make") with transparent reference to Dickens's<I> <B><SPAN style="BACKGROUND: yellow; mso-highlight: yellow">A Christmas Carol</SPAN></B></I><B><SPAN style="BACKGROUND: yellow; mso-highlight: yellow"> to create a challenging yet heartwarming tale that will touch readers long beyond the holiday season.</SPAN></B> This novella-combining the storytelling prowess of Fabry (<I>Almost Heaven</I>) and the marriage expertise of Chapman (The Five Love Languages series)-will change lives with its message "that there is great power in small choices." Chapman's afterword and discussion questions deepen the impact. <B><SPAN style="BACKGROUND: yellow; mso-highlight: yellow">This is a tiny book with a huge message</SPAN></B>. (Sept.)<B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P><P><BR> </P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: #333333; FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia','serif'">GENRE GO ROUND REVIEWS BY  HARRIET KLAUSNER<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: #333333; FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia','serif'">August 9, 2011<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: #333333; FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia','serif'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: #333333; FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia','serif'">Two decades of marriage that began on Christmas Eve is ironically ending on Christmas Eve. The relationship between Marlee and Jacob Ebenezer is colder than the wintry weather outside the car they share on their way to see the divorce lawyer to sign the final papers. Both worry about telling their three kids though they agree to say nothing until after the holidays. Driving on the road to the attorney leads to a fight as Marlee feels with the snow and ice they should remain on the main road while Jacob chooses a shortcut. On a curve with headlines bearing down on them, Jacob loses control. <BR><BR>Marlee awakes alone and frozen; Jacob is nowhere in sight; her cellphone fails to work. She leaves the car looking for Jacob but sees lights so heads there. An elderly man Jay opens the door allowing the shivering Marlee to warm up, but he insists no other visitor has ar

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