Monday, August 4, 2008

CFBA presents Dogwood by Chris Fabry

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Tyndale House Publishers - July 9, 2008)


Chris Fabry


Chris Fabry has a variety of titles to his credit including At the Corner of Mundane and Grace, Spiritually Correct Bedtime Stories, Away with the Manger, The H.I.M. Book, and The 77 Habits of Highly Effective Christians. His latest work is a collaboration with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye.

Chris has recently completed the final book in the Left Behind The Kids series, available Fall 2004. Readers of all ages have followed the lives of Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and the others. Now read how their exciting stories culminate in book 40 of this beloved series. Dogwood is his first adult fiction.

Chris and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children and make their home in Colorado. Chris has worked in Christian radio and now enjoys narrating audio books as well as writing. He believes his career as a husband and father is the real evidence of God's grace in his life.


In the small town of Dogwood, West Virginia, Karin has buried her shattered dreams by settling for a faithful husband whose emotional distance from her deep passions and conflicts leaves her isolated. Loaded with guilt, she tries to raise three small children and "do life" the best she can.

Will returns to Dogwood intent on pursuing the only woman he has ever loved--only to find there is far more standing in his way than lost years in prison. The secrets of Will and Karin's past begin to emerge through Danny Boyd, a young boy who wishes he hadn't survived the tragedy that knit those two together as well as tore them apart.

The trigger that will lay their pain bare and force them to face it rather than flee is the unlikely figure of Ruthie Bowles, a withered, wiry old woman who leads Karin so deep into her anger against God that it forces unexpected consequences.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dogwood, go HERE

“It’s not faith to say that when something painful happens, when you lose and lose again and the hurt goes so deep you don’t think you can take another breath, it’s all going to work out for good. Faith doesn’t explain. It doesn’t even need to know or expect a happy ending. That’s not what we’re promised. Faith is abandoning illusions. It rests in something bigger, something beyond us and our ability.” (p. 201)

Breathless. This story has left me feeling as though my mind has been emptied of everything and refilled with wonder over the sacrificial love that Christ has poured into my soul when he saved me.

I feel like this book was written for me. It has touched my heart and soul in ways no other book has touched me in a very long time. Its message is gentle but not easy to hear. Truth is revealed in ways that tear little pieces from your heart only to offer them back as an offering of thanksgiving. God has even orchestrated the timing of this book’s entrance into my life so that I received desperately needed reassurance and encouragement. There are no words adequate to express how I have enjoyed savoring this story.

Thank you, Chris Fabry for writing down the words God gifted you with. Thank you for presenting redemption in such a powerful way. My heart will never be the same.

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