Oct 24, 2011

A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary D. Chapman

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.

CHRIS FABRY is a graduate of W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and Moody bible Institute's Advanced Studies Program. Chris can be heard daily on Love Worth Finding, featuring the teaching of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers. He received the 2008 "Talk Personality of the Year" Award from the National Religious Broadcasters. He has published more than 60 books since 1995, many of them fiction for younger readers. Chris collaborated with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye on the children's series Left Behind: The Kids. His two novels for adults, Dogwood and June Bug, are published by Tyndale House Publishers. Chris is married to his wife Andrea and they have five daughters and four sons.

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow & move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

Christmas time and cozy holiday stories ... this is one of my favourite times of year. A Marriage Carol is like a fresh and updated version of The Christmas Carol. It explores the relationship between Marlee and Jake who have been married for exactly twenty years.

It's their anniversary, and it's Christmas Eve. They left their three children at home and are on their way to the lawyer's office to sign divorce papers. They have no idea that a traffic accident will give them a trip through their married life - past, present and future.

This book is a quick read, and it's a perfect choice when you feel like curling up in a favourite chair with a cup of hot chocolate and Christmas music playing in the background. It will be added to my collection of holiday favourites, and enjoyed over and over. A Marriage Carol would make a great gift idea for someone on your Christmas list.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Moody Publishers, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.


  1. Oh wow. Sounds good. I love the concept. Very very cool.

  2. I would like to think that the ghost of my Marriage Future would show I've improved since the ghost of my Marriage Past. Gotta always improve right?

    Great review btw.

  3. This is in my TBR stack ... can't wait to read it ... moving it to the top of the stack. :)