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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Truman Wiley used to report news stories from around the world, but now the most troubling headlines are his own. Hes out of work, out of touch with his family, out of his home. But nothing dogs him more than his sons failing heart.
With mounting hospital bills and Trumans penchant for gambling his savings, the situation seems hopeless . . . until his estranged wife throws him a lifelinethe chance to write the story of a death row inmate, a man convicted of murder who wants to donate his heart to Trumans 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? Trumans investigation draws him down a path that will change his life, his family, and the destinies of two men forever.
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 Wileys 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
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Heart of the MatterDecember 23, 2016GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Medical drama, mystery, suspense, faith struggles, and family problems all woven together into an amazing story about real love for fellow man and redemption for the least. The story deals with so many of the issues that families all around us face. Have you ever lost a good job and struggled to get another one? Have you or someone close to you desperately needed a heart transplant? Have you struggled with faith and wondered if there really is a God? If you dont believe in God, where do you turn when so many of the realities of life and the consequences of bad choices come crashing down on you? Chris Fabry tells a compelling story that deals with these issues and several others. I found it difficult to put the book down when there were other things I needed to do. He just kept drawing me into the story. I empathized with the main character who had lost his job because I have been there, but I was not as empathetic with most of the other details of his life which were the result of some poor choices on his part. Much of the story is from the first person perspective of this character, so he does his fair share of berating himself for some of his choices. I recommend the book to anyone who has had to deal with serious issues in your life. I think the book will strengthen your faith or possibly help you turn to faith.
katieann5 Stars Out Of 5Loved ItMay 15, 2016katieannQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great story with a touching ending. I found it suspenseful and I loved how God's forgiveness, mercy, and love were portrayed. Excellent read.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't read ahead!March 13, 2016daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This 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.
Carol4 Stars Out Of 5Very intriguing!November 14, 2014CarolAttention gripper!
Martha Artyomenko4 Stars Out Of 5Well written...July 20, 2014Martha ArtyomenkoQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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!