An Open Heart  -     By: Harry Kraus
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David C. Cook / 2013 / Paperback

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Best-selling author Dr. Harry Kraus weaves another powerful tale of suspense, intrigue, and medical drama, with a story of a surgeon shattered by allegations that could destroy his life and embroiled in a spiritual battle that begins with messages his patients bring him from beyond the grave.

Dr. Jace Rawlings arrives in Kenya fleeing a crumbling life. But when his open-heart surgery patients, after hovering between life and death, warn him of people about to die, a dangerous net quickly tightens around him. He must unravel a tangle of witchcraft, politics, and deceit, and find the faith he needs to restore his world.and survive.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781405351
ISBN-13: 9780781405355
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Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him

 
They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.
 
It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life.

Author Bio

Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Harry resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of their three sons.


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  1. D.H
    KY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't Put It Down!
    March 15, 2014
    D.H
    KY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for An Open Heart - eBook.
    This is one of the most exciting books that I have read in a very long time. It is so well written that I was constantly being surprised by the twists and turns. It is a book I just couldn't put down and was up in the middle of the night reading it. I am so sad that I have finished it, but know it will remain with me for a long time.
  2. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 18, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for An Open Heart - eBook.
    Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him.

    They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings' open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

    It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He'd come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk-his marriage, his career . . . his life.

    My Review:

    This novel was my introduction to the genre of medical dramas in print. As missionary kids, Jace and Heather have a lot in common, and marriage seems like it will be a happy, forever road. But even the sun hides behind clouds, and when Jace finds himself operating on the governor, the governor's wife makes her play for the cardiothoracic surgeon. In the night that follows, even Jace doesn't know what happened. But Heather knows all too well that the man that promised to be faithful may not have kept his vows.

    In the tempest that follows, Jace returns to Africa to perform heart surgery for the less fortunate. Rumors follow his wake in another continent, and when patients begin giving him messages that come true, he can no longer ignore the obvious; these messages are not wild guesses anyone could have come up with. As time runs out for both Heather and Jace, the question isn't whether they can find their way back to each other - but whether they will both survive long enough to see each other again.

    This was a pulse racing novel in every sense of the word. It was so many things at once, I don't think I can fit it in a genre all by itself! There are so many things explored in this novel - so many themes and topics that my head was spinning with all the pieces of the puzzle. The highlight if this novel for me was the supernatural elements. I can't agree with the outcome of the patients that came back with messages for Jace, but the writing contained herein is some of the best suspense/mystery I've read in a while.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Medical Drama, Suspense, Spiritual Warfare Thrille
    November 9, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Harry Kraus in his new book, "An Open Heart" published by David C Cook brings us into the life of Dr. Jace Rawlings.

    From the back cover: A Surgeon caught between two worlds

    Dr. Jace Rawlings's open-heart surgery patients hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. But the messages they bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

    Jace face a firestorm of controversy and danger. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He'd come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But the maelstrom of political intrigue and spiritual warfare will put everything at risk-his marriage, his career, even his life.

    It is not often that you find medical drama, suspense, and spiritual warfare all rolled up in a thrilling adventure. Dr. Kraus has not only given us all that but he has also given us a page flipping thriller that is ripped from the current medical journals and added in an intense search for a murderer. The character of Dr. Rawlings is so well written. He is a man on the run from his own past and he figured he would lose his past in Kenya. Dr. Kraus explores some very interesting questions about what happens when we die and it will cause a lot of thought and searching. "An Open Heart" is a very exciting adventure that kept my attention all the way until the end. I recommend it highly.

    If you missed the interview for "The Six-Liter Club", a different story from Dr. Kraus, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 24, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him.

    They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings' open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

    It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He'd come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk-his marriage, his career . . . his life.

    My Review:

    This novel was my introduction to the genre of medical dramas in print. As missionary kids, Jace and Heather have a lot in common, and marriage seems like it will be a happy, forever road. But even the sun hides behind clouds, and when Jace finds himself operating on the governor, the governor's wife makes her play for the cardiothoracic surgeon. In the night that follows, even Jace doesn't know what happened. But Heather knows all too well that the man that promised to be faithful may not have kept his vows.

    In the tempest that follows, Jace returns to Africa to perform heart surgery for the less fortunate. Rumors follow his wake in another continent, and when patients begin giving him messages that come true, he can no longer ignore the obvious; these messages are not wild guesses anyone could have come up with. As time runs out for both Heather and Jace, the question isn't whether they can find their way back to each other - but whether they will both survive long enough to see each other again.

    This was a pulse racing novel in every sense of the word. It was so many things at once, I don't think I can fit it in a genre all by itself! There are so many things explored in this novel - so many themes and topics that my head was spinning with all the pieces of the puzzle. The highlight if this novel for me was the supernatural elements. I can't agree with the outcome of the patients that came back with messages for Jace, but the writing contained herein is some of the best suspense/mystery I've read in a while.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Cora
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Much medical detail
    August 29, 2013
    Cora
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This story of a celebrated American heart surgeon who refuses to believe in God because his twin sister did and she died the week before their high school graduation in Africa is a good/evil tale with plenty of medical description. Anyone interested in or participating in foreign mission work will find this a quick read.
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