Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: A Marriage Carol
Author: Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Chris's Website/Blog: chrisfabry.com
This is one of those books that is very difficult to review simply because, if this is your type of thing (marriage counseling, rocky marriages, divorce, etc.) then this book is certainly written by professionals in their field and they will offer you the inspiration you need to handle the difficulties you are going through in your marriage. If this is simply, not your type of thing, then, well…it isn’t.
This is a book of inspiration. This small novel walks the readers through a marriage that has dissolved. This is Christmas Eve - Marlee and Jacob’s anniversary, in fact - and they are headed over a treacherous road during a horrendous snowstorm in order to get to their lawyer’s office and sign their final divorce papers.
They have left the children at home, and they are simply using Christmas Eve to get all of this drama and depression over with so they can move on with their lives. Unfortunately, the car spins out, and when Marlee wakes up her husband has disappeared an she is literally stuck in a blizzard. Getting out of the car, she notices that there is a building in the distance and she walks to it for help. Inside, she finds a man named Jay and his dog. A kind man, whose wife is upstairs resting, who offers Marlee tea and tells her that she will probably be snowed in for a while. This place just happens to be, believe it or not, a resort - a mountain retreat for divorcing couples where they are helped and counseled.
Marlee listens to this man speak, as she also has memories that take her back twenty years to when she first met her husband. She visualizes all the amazing, wonderful times they’ve had over the years and wonders what, exactly, went wrong. Her dreams and memories revolve around three gold ‘pots’ that the man in the cabin fills with snow. The power, the belief, and the faith are in that snow - this man, Jay, tells Marlee, and if she is willing to believe she can see her whole life for what it really is and was. In one pot, she discovers memories of the past and her children; in another, the present; and, in the third, perhaps a way to change the future or see what her future will be when she is divorced. (Very Scrooge-like).
At the end comes a surprise, and all readers will simply learn the facts of how to cope, change, and fix a marriage of two people who haven’t fallen out of love - they’ve just lost it for a little while.
A good book, written by well-known professionals. And, again, if this is what you’re looking for, then you’ll love it. Be well aware though, this is certainly not the most inspirational Christmas story that has ever been written.
Until next time,
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