Sunday, November 14, 2010

Book Review: Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

Book Review: Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

I am reviewing this book for Glass Road Publications
No additional compensation has been received.

Book Description:

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 he’d 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 Billy’s 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.

My Review:

My favorite lines from Almost Heaven - "I believe every life has hidden songs that hang by twin threads of music and memory. I believe in the songs that have never been played for another soul. I believe they run between the rocks and along the creekbeds of our lives. These are songs that cannot be heard by anything but the soul."

I had to stick with this book. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I was hooked. It started a little slow and sad, but it turned into a beautiful story of a life well lived. Billy works through his "issues" and life, with an observer/protector angel watching over him.This is a story that will make you laugh and cry.  The author does an amazing job of taking an ordinary person's life and turning it into an extraordinary story of how everyone matters, how God will take the most humble, often ignored of his followers and do amazing things with their life. The characters are very quirky but their faith is inspiring. It's a story that shows how God uses ordinary people to fulfill His will on Earth. 

The Author:

Chris Fabry is the host of Chris Fabry Live!, an hour of spiritual encouragement
 from his backyard radio fence. The program challenges listeners to think biblically about their spiritual journeys. Chris is also the author of the Christy Award-winning novel Dogwood, and his latest fiction release June Bug. He and his family live near Tucson, Arizona. You can learn more about Chris at


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