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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Billy Allman is a hillbilly genius. People in Dogwood, West Virginia, say he was born with a second helping of brains and a gift for playing the mandolin but was cut short on social skills. Though hed gladly give you the shirt off his back, they were right. Billy longs to use his life as an ode to God, a lyrical, beautiful bluegrass song played with a finely tuned heart. So with spare parts from a lifetime of collecting, he builds a radio station in his own home. People in town laugh. But Billy carries a brutal secret that keeps him from significance and purpose. Things always seem to go wrong for him.
However small his life seems, from a different perspective Billys song reaches far beyond the hills and hollers he calls home. Malachi is an angel sent to observe Billy. Though it is not his dream assignment, Malachi follows the man and begins to see the bigger picture of how each painful step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful symphony that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.
Life taught Billy to expect the worst. Alone as a young man, Billy now must deal with the death of his brother, his fathers suicide, and his mothers decline into insanity. Abused, manipulated and weary, he copes by burying his pain deep inside. Barely clinging to his faith, his only constant, Billy desperately tries to make something significant of his life. He pursues his dream of building a radio station that speaks to the hearts of people like him. But Billy must first wrestle with the buried guilt of his past before things finally can harmonize. Billys story is partly told by Michael, his guardian angel. Humans are a mystery to Michael, especially this seemingly insignificant one. As he compares Billys limited view of eternity to his own, Michael asks what it means genuinely and full-out to trust God.
Almost Heaven fills 309 pages with a beautifully poignant tale. This book features characters from Chris Fabrys previous novels, Dogwood and June Bug. Fabry writes with a clean-cut style and offers brilliantly vivid descriptions. From his personal broadcast experience with Moody Radio, Fabry brings the story to life with well-placed details.
I highly recommend Almost Heaven. Great for music lovers or non-musicians, all readers easily will connect with the characters and issues portrayed. Intellectually deep, Almost Heaven ponders the hard questions of life. Estee B. Wells, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com