My review of A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary D. Chapman
Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (September 1, 2011)
Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer have given up on their marriage, and on the day of Christmas Eve they brave snowy weather to drive to a lawyer's office to sign their divorce papers. On their way, Jacob decides to take a shortcut over a hill to try to avoid congested traffic. His decision ends up changing their lives forever as a car accident leads to Marlee being given the chance to examine the past, present, and future of their relationship.
A Marriage Carol is a story of hope, of the power of love and forgiveness and of not giving up. It packs a powerful message without being preachy, serving to entertain while providing inspiration at the same time. Readers who have read Dickon's Christmas Carol will recognize elements of the plot, set in a modern setting and given new twists. The story is short and easy-to-read, and overall is well-written. Perhaps because of the brief nature of the book, I didn't connect with the characters as deeply as I might have. However, it is definitely a worthwhile, solid read, full of important truths. The quote that stands out most to me is "It's not about trying harder...It's allowing God to do something you can't. That's what it's always been about". Those are comforting words indeed!
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and especially encourage married readers to read this book to be reminded of all that is good in your relationship and to celebrate the power of true love, forgiveness and hope.
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.