Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Not In The Heart by Chris Fabry ~ review


Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414348614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414348612

From the Back Cover
“I’ve found the only thing I can control is how well I tell the story and follow the truth. . . . The truth will always lead you to a good place.”
Truman Wiley used to report news stories around the world, but now the troubling headlines are his own. He’s out of work and out of touch with his family, but nothing keeps him awake at night more than his son’s failing heart.

With hospital bills mounting faster than Truman can gamble his life savings, it seems there’s no way out . . . until his estranged wife throws him a lifeline—the chance to write the story of a death row inmate willing to donate his heart to Truman’s son.

As the execution clock ticks, Truman uncovers disturbing evidence that may point to a different killer. For his son to live, must an innocent man die? As Truman’s investigation escalates, he’s forced to face his failures and make a choice that will change his life, his family, and the destinies of two men forever.

My take on this book:
 As a journalist Truman Wiley traveled the world reporting on the latest headline, while his home life was falling apart. He was rarely there for his wife and children. Now he is unemployed and is sinking fast in gambling debts, but nothing worries him more than his eighteen year old son Aiden's failing heart. Truman is given the opportunity to write the story of  Terrelle Conley a death row inmate who is due to be executed in thirty days who wants to donate his heart to Aiden. As Truman investigates Terrelle's story he uncovers something that may prove that Terrelle is actually an innocent man. What will Truman do with this information? Will he let an innocent man be put to death to save his son?
This story really has a lot going on. It is mostly told thru the eyes of Truman, and while I disliked Truman from the beginning, I really wanted to know how things would work out for his family, especially Aiden. Because the author paints Truman as a dark character it allowed me to see how addictions can take a toll not only on family but on the addicted person as well.I really felt like it was the fear of thinking that people would see him as a failure that made him fail the ones who needed him most. 
This book wasn't an easy read by any means. It dealt with many heavy issues, but the ending made the read worth it. While I personally have never know anyone quite like Truman, the thing I took away from this story was the fact that family is priority one. Often in life it's easy to get wrapped up in work, easily justifying that it is for the family, but in the end if we lose our families because we lose sight of what's really important then what have we gained?
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by B&B Media in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I have read one of Chris book by Tyndale. It was very good.

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