Sunday, October 31, 2010

Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven
Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN +78-1-4143-1957-5

There are books that we enjoy. And books that we read for fun. For pleasure. For information. For inspiration.

And then... there are books destined to change our lives. Books that reach deep down inside of us and change our very core. That touch our heart. That touch our soul. And we are never the same.

Such can easily be said about Almost Heaven.

First, just setting the story in my home state touched a chord in me. So few books are set accurately in the Mountain State! They often portray our simple country people as stupid and ignorant.

But Billy Allman is an exception! Fabry's character is a simple man. A simple man who loves the Lord with all his heart and soul!

Billy Allman could have been my neighbor. Or the man across town. Fabry is so in tune with the people of this state that I could easily put faces with each of his characters!

Billy's story moves from the terrors of his childhood through his struggles as a young man. Heartache and grief like none other, and yet like everyone we have ever known. Fabry gives us a peek into this very special, yet ordinary life, and how it touched  those around him.

Billy gives his all to the Lord. Not in money, which he never had, but with his heart and soul. He loves people and offers himself up time and time again.

Is it any wonder that I picked this book up and couldn't put it down until I had finished it?

Almost Heaven gives us a unique insight into the role of the guardian angel as well. Malachi, the warrior angel, is sent to be guardian over Billy. During the one time he is ordered away from his charge, a tragic occurrence happens that forever changes the young boy, Billy.

You'll laugh through the humor found in this book. And you'll cry. Alot. [Keep a box of tissues close by!]

But most important of all, you will find messages of the love of our Lord and Saviour interspersed throughout the entire book. Always giving us hope. Reminding us that no matter what it is, God can forgive and put the past behind us. Always shedding the light of His love for us upon us.

I can give this book nothing less than five stars

and my thumbs up award.

I highly recommend this book for every household, and find it suitable for teens and older.

****DISCLOSURE: I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for review.

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