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Unabridged audio CD; approximately 2.2 hours; 2 CDs; read by Christ Fabry.
|Format: Compact disc|
Publication Date: 2011
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Jake and Marlee, a typical couple, are about to call it quits. Over time they have drifted apart; the sparks are dead. Marlee is convinced she married the wrong man and Jake feels tied down to the wrong woman. Jake is distant and tired of being controlled while Marlee is tired of being the only one trying to the save their marriage. They go to bed Christmas Eve, in separate rooms, each rationalizing...life is too short to be miserable...love shouldn't hurt like this...their marriage must end for happiness to return. But their lives are about to take a turn. The ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Present, and Marriage Future reveal to Jake and Marlee how past choices, present realities, and their potential future might look if they do not change their "stories". Jake and Marlee experience a Christmas gift that will radically change their thinking and cause them to look at marriage not for what they can get out of it but for what God can do in and through their marriage.
NatePoland, MEAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A beautiful, touching storySeptember 11, 2011NatePoland, MEAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In A Marriage Carol, Jake and Marlee Ebenezer are calling it quits on their 20-year marriage. On a snowy Christmas Eve, the parents of three young children are driving to their lawyer's office to sign their divorce papers when they are in an automobile accident. Awaking in an empty car, Marlee assumes that Jake has gone looking for help and sets out to join him. She comes across a house and meets a very hospitable elderly man named Jay. After getting Marlee comfortable, Jay goes looking for Jake, but returns empty-handed. As the story progresses, Jay explains that he and his wife help people with dying marriages to find their love again and he proceeds to show Marlee their most unusual process. Jay reminds Marlee what is important in life, but is it too late to save her marriage - and her husband's life?
In this take-off of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, authors Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman use the classic Christmas tale to show those facing marital problems that they need to make a radical change in how they think about their marriage: it's not what they can get out of their marriage but what God can do with the marriage that truly matters.
This is a beautiful and touching story with a very clear, biblical message. The story is well-told and the characters are very well-developed. I recommend this as a great inspirational Christmas story, but it is certainly much more than that: a parable with very real truth for those questioning whether it's worth continuing to invest in their marriages.
The audiobook is read by co-author Chris Fabry, who did an excellent job. As always with christianaudio's audiobooks, the production quality is exceptional.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. 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."