Friday, January 16, 2015

January Featured Book #2

January Featured Book #2

Before sharing my review, here's a bit of information from Chris.

A Word from Chris…

Richard Ramsey wrote a screenplay that was made into a film. They had Bible studies created and resources for small groups. But they didn't have a novel, so they asked me to create one. I took the screenplay and the film and with that skeleton wrote around the story, asking questions, filling in information that the film couldn't include. I had a blast doing this. Richard told me early on that he was open to my creative abilities and he let me "sling the cat," as he called it, around the room. So I did. I think the book really adds to the film but doesn't take away from the story.

For example, we are able to go into the backstory of Rose's mother, a relationship she has with a girlfriend, the inner-workings of her home life, and much more. I usually come up with all the plot points and create the "world" of my fiction, but this was a different discipline. I was able to get into someone else's world and play in the world already created.

This book/film is really a response to the whole "50 Shades of Grey" phenomenon. One of the main questions dealt with is romance and sexuality in the context of a Christian marriage. I know that was at the forefront of the sermon series crafted by Pastor Kyle Idleman.

My Review…

THE SONG By Chris Fabry: Jed King grew up in the shadow of his famous father and hopes to follow in his father’s musical footsteps. His father’s mistakes influenced his life. On his deathbed, Jed’s father encouraged his love of music, as well as following God. He wanted Jed to learn from the mistakes he had made and have a better life for himself. Jed struggles to get his career off the ground, so he accepts a gig at a local festival. There, he has a chance meeting with Rose Jordan. His career soars from the song he pens about Rose. It was love at first sight. Rose is a simple, hard-working girl, not equipped for life on the road. Rose wants to stay in her hometown. Wild child Shelby Bale joins Jed on his tour and sets her sights on him, no matter the cost. As fame builds, Jed is spending more and more time away from home and his family. He has a strong faith, but the road and Shelby cause him to lose himself along the way. Will he be able to keep his promises to Rose as temptation builds? There is so much to love about “The Song,” which is written in two parts and based on “The Song of Songs.” Fabry uses the words of Solomon to demonstrate love, as intended by God. The prose is expressive and engaging, and song lyrics are integrated to advance the story. Detailed descriptions make the reader a part of the story. Biblically based marital advice reminds the reader that temptations will arise, but love is a commitment. Heart-wrenching and emotional scenes abound in this tale of fame, fortune, loss, and redemption. 

To Connect with Chris…

Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

Chris' novels, which include Dogwwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart, Borders of the Heart, and his latest release, Every Waking Moment, have won three Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.

He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He co-authored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.

You can find Chris online at

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