War Room by Chris Fabry

51TYCpf480L__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all―yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.

About the Author

I was born in West Virginia in 1961. I read a lot, but not very fast, and wrote poems, songs, and transcribed Marx Brothers movies and memorized dialogue.

In 1984 I met Jerry Jenkins at Moody Bible Institute. He offered to help me learn to write and I took him up on the offer. In 1998, Jerry and Dr. Tim LaHaye hired me to help write the Left Behind: The Kids series. After that I worked on several other series for children and then published my first adult novel in 2008. It took more than six years to write Dogwood and find a publisher. It received a 2009 Christy Award.

My next novel, June Bug, drew its themes from the classic Victor Hugo tale, Les Miserables. Then, Almost Heaven released and also won a Christy Award, as well as the 2011 Christian Book Award for Fiction.

Not in the Heart is another riveting, suspenseful, and yet relational story. A mystery within a mystery within an addiction. I dedicate it to all who have someone in their life who is addicted. This story also received a Christy award.

Borders of the Heart is my nod toward some of the great western writers–Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. It’s a love story, a painful story of loss, a mystery, and an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I hope you enjoy the ride through Tucson and the surrounding area as much as I did.

In the past year I’ve also had the opportunity to craft novels based on film screenplays. The motion picture The Song released in September 2014, with my novel developed from Richard L. Ramsey’s screenplay following later that year. I recently completed work on the novelization of War Room, the upcoming film produced by the Kendrick brothers (Courageous, Fireproof). Both film and novel are scheduled for release in August 2015.

I graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I have been married to Andrea since 1982. We have nine children. In October of 2008 our family evacuated our house in Colorado, leaving behind all our belongings because of a toxic mold situation. Since then we have been living near Tucson, Arizona, working on recovering our health after the mold exposure.

Stop by my website at http://www.chrisfabry.com to learn more about my writing and radio endeavors, and be sure to sign up for my online newsletter, the FABRYGRAM. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, or you can email me at chris@chrisfabry.com

Top pick! This is a novelization of the Kendrick brothers’ screenplay, yet Fabry has included so much meaningful spiritual content that it is difficult to remain unchanged after reading this book. The characters and their situations are so incredibly realistic that readers will be able to examine their own lives in the mirror of the characters. A fantastic story of the meaning and power of prayer. 4.5 stars (Romantic Times)

Veteran author Chris Fabry (The Song) once again writes a novel based on a movie, this time depicting Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s upcoming film about a family on the brink of self-destruction. Pharmaceutical rep Tony Jordan and his Realtor wife, Elizabeth, may be successful in their careers, but their routine marriage is gasping for breath. Tony’s frequent travels open him up to temptation, pride, and self-deception, while Elizabeth flounders and feels bitter while working at home with their daughter. Clara, Elizabeth’s elderly new client, sees the woman’s emotional turmoil and introduces her to the transformational power of prayer. With Clara’s support and encouragement, Elizabeth begins praying for her relationship, and as the changes come, the couple starts opening up to years of overdue communication and a healing that often hurts. As their feelings are laid bare, the stress is overshadowed by hope and grace―an encouraging message. With a strong emphasis on family values and biblical themes, this story challenges churchgoing readers to act on their belief in the power of prayer. (Publishers Weekly)

My Thoughts

Chris Fabry is one of my favorite authors, graced with the ability to capture the simple, everyday people in such a way that the reader can  personally relate with the characters, turmoil, and redemption.

This novel is based on a film from the Kendrick brothers.  I have usually shied away from reviewing such novels, but after reviewing Chris Fabry’s pervious works based on films, I embrace his talent to draw the reader into the plot and actually jumped at the opportunity to once again review his writings.  You will close this book realizing the fantastic abilities of this author to not only author beautifully written novels, but to also novelize movie scripts.

Oh that we all had a “Miss Clara” who daily spent time praying for us and spending time in the War Room, bombarding Heaven on our behave. She is a special stranger who enters the lives of Elizabeth and Tony, praying for God’s healing grace and power to overcome past hurts, miscommunication, and hidden sins.

This novel emphasizes the family values based on the Bible and God’s plan for the completion of the family with Christ being the center of the home.  I highly recommend this novel for your next read.  You will, as I, appreciate the talent of this author and the powerful theme woven through this plot.

Thank you to Chris Fabry and  Tyndale House Publishers for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

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