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Not in the Heart

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414348614
ISBN-13: 9781414348612
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2013 Christy Award winner!
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.

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Just as thrilling and suspenseful as any Hollywood blockbuster action film, Chris Fabry's Not in the Heart gives readers a heart-pounding, nonstop mystery as Truman Wiley gets the writing assignment of a lifetime: the chance to write a book from the perspective of a man on death row who may or may not be innocent. That man also has volunteered to give his heart to Wiley’s dying son, and when evidence points toward the convicted felon's innocence, Wiley must deal with the conflict of interest and make a difficult moral decision. Whose life will he save? That of his son? Or that of the new Christian and convicted murderer? For "there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friend" (John 15:12-13).

Wiley's gambling additions, marriage problems, and self-loathing create an additional dynamic for Fabry's tale. Carefully weaving pieces of the mystery together with Wiley’s death-defying run from loan sharks, Fabry keeps readers guessing until the last possible moment. His conclusion takes a poetic turn, but leaves readers to deal with the loss of the character whose point of view the majority of the story is told from a huge loss after a huge attachment.

Readers can easily relate to Fabry's characters, who deal with deep issues. Wiley's journey to redemption takes the entire length of the book. His wife holds onto hope, refusing to divorce her husband. She gently pushes him toward Christ while fervently urging him to reexamine his life and make changes for the better, not to mention visit his son at the hospital every once in a while. Ultimately, Wiley's own sacrifices lead him to the one sacrifice with everlasting significance: that of Jesus Christ. Wiley's doubts opposition to Christianity are believable and relatable, as are his struggles with addiction.

Wiley's troubled relationships with his wife, son, and daughter draw the reader in. These are real people with real problems, fallen from grace, but brought out of the darkness by God. Beyond the enthralling who-done-it mystery, which Wiley and his daughter work to solve, the Wiley family transfixes readers with their gripping stories matched with Fabry's delightful and fascinating writing. Not in the Heart reaches into the depths of the human heart and comes out with a tense, thought-provoking and exciting read that successfully examines the human condition and provides hope and inspiration. Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved It
    May 15, 2016
    katieann
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great story with a touching ending. I found it suspenseful and I loved how God's forgiveness, mercy, and love were portrayed. Excellent read.
  2. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't read ahead!
    March 13, 2016
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This was one of the first books in a very long time where I did not want to wait and find out what happened at the end. But I did. I did fight the urge and followed along with the story to the very end. And I'm glad I did.

    Truman Wiley has an addiction, and his addiction is gambling. He lost his job as a writer, and has been living in a cottage by the sea estranged from his wife and family. He owes big money to a loan shark and is in dire straights, desperately needing money. It's as his home is being foreclosed on that his wife offers him a chance to save his son.

    His son, Aiden, has a bad heart. A man in prison, Terrell Connely has offered to give Aiden his heart when he is executed. He's on death row and his time to die is in 30 days, and he wants Truman to write a book on his life and when he was born again. After much trepidation Truman agrees.

    The story introduces you further into Truman and his fears and worry's about life. His relationship with his wife, daughter and son. His discovery's about his life as the story moves along.

    It is a well-written book and I could easily see how this could have developed into one that was a lot more intense with stronger character development. On par with a John Grisham or such, but it wasn't.

    The details in his writing had me in the story, in the alley and nails biting wondering what was going down. I admit, I was on edge hoping Truman wouldn't make a mistake.

    All in all, I was very impressed with the book and enjoyed it. I didn't like Truman and found that he was a man chasing his own demons. It was a Christian based book, however there wasn't a lot of Christianity thrown down your throat. A clean book.

    I received this book from Tyndale Rewards, and am writing a review on my own without any compensation.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very intriguing!
    November 14, 2014
    Carol
    Attention gripper!
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written...
    July 20, 2014
    Martha Artyomenko
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This incredibly well written book was not an easy read. You pick up books that you know are going to be entertaining, and this is not one that is entertainment quality. It is a deep, well thought out novel. Truman Wiley used to be an incredible husband, father and writer. Gambling has become his mistress, taking the place of his family and he cannot even get himself to go visit his dying son. When his family is offered a chance at a new heart for their son, he grasps at the chance..but wonders if in the end, his son will still die. The gambling, the abandonment of his family in their time of need and his lack of relationship with God all drive Truman to a place of wondering as he writes a book about a murderer on death row. What if in writing this man's story, he finds out he is innocent? What does that mean for his son? This very deeply moving story is one you will savor and contemplate. It is not a fast read. It is one, like Mr. Fabry's other novels, that requires deep thought. It has an ending with a twist that gives new meaning to the title! Excellent book!
  5. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read!
    September 8, 2013
    Marli
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was the first time I had read a book by this author.

    I will certainly look for more. This was a very sad but true story of how addictions ruin our relationships and keep a strong hold on us. Chris puts a lot of humor in his thoughts which I liked.

    It was such a surprising ending! I look forward to more from Chris.
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