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A Marriage Carol

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Exactly twenty years earlier, Jacob and Marlee were married ^in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to call it quits.  ^Traveling to the lawyer's office through a  snowstorm, they take a shortcut ^and slam into a bank of snow.  Marlee...


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Exactly twenty years earlier, Jacob and Marlee were married ^in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to call it quits.  ^Traveling to the lawyer's office through a  snowstorm, they take a shortcut ^and slam into a bank of snow.  Marlee cannot find Jacob so she trudges ^up the hill and comes to a house with a green wreath on its red door and a ^door-knocker in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first ^thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, and the voice of an old ^man welcomes her in. On the hearth are three golden pots, shining, glimmering things. ^The old man claims they are used to restore marriages. So Marlee begins a journey ^through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong ^love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?




On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married ^in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce ^is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked ^with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, ^on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He ^disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , ^spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, ^freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to ^be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, ^built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker ^is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing ^she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place ^and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the ^hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore ^marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future ^that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. ^Which will she choose?



CHRIS FABRY is a graduate of W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at ^Marshall University and Moody bible Institute's Advanced Studies Program. Chris ^can be heard daily on Love Worth Finding, featuring the teaching of the late ^Dr. Adrian Rogers. He received the 2008 "Talk Personality of the Year" Award from ^the National Religious Broadcasters. He has published more than 60 books since 1995, ^many of them fiction for younger readers. Chris collaborated with Jerry B. Jenkins ^and Dr. Tim LaHaye on the children's series Left Behind: The Kids. His two ^novels for adults, Dogwood and June Bug, are published by Tyndale ^House Publishers. Chris is married to his wife Andrea and they have five daughters ^and four sons.

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York ^Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling ^experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing ^readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. ^Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest ^University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological ^Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina ^and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.


Publishers Weekly


A Marriage Carol-Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman. ^Moody/River North


Christmas Eve marks Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer's wedding ^anniversary and, 20 years later, the official dissolution of their marriage. Their ^journey to sign the divorce papers, however, turns into much more when a blizzard ^and an accident threaten lives. Marlee finds safety in a farmhouse where "Jay" helps ^her see her past, present, and future and offers a new way of seeing herself, husband, ^and marriage. The authors seamlessly blend the cleansing qualities of snow ("Melting ^snow exposes. Each flake is like a choice we make") with transparent reference to ^Dickens's A Christmas Carol to create a challenging yet heartwarming tale that will ^touch readers long beyond the holiday season. This novella-combining the storytelling ^prowess of Fabry (Almost Heaven) and the marriage expertise of Chapman (The Five ^Love Languages series)-will change lives with its message "that there is great power ^in small choices." Chapman's afterword and discussion questions deepen the impact. ^This is a tiny book with a huge message. (Sept.)


GENRE GO ROUND REVIEWS BY ^HARRIET KLAUSNER
August 9, 2011


Two decades of marriage that began on ^Christmas Eve is ironically ending on Christmas Eve. The relationship between Marlee ^and Jacob Ebenezer is colder than the wintry weather outside the car they share ^on their way to see the divorce lawyer to sign the final papers. Both worry about ^telling their three kids though they agree to say nothing until after the holidays. ^Driving on the road to the attorney leads to a fight as Marlee feels with the snow ^and ice they should remain on the main road while Jacob chooses a shortcut. On a ^curve with headlines bearing down on them, Jacob loses control.


Marlee awakes ^alone and frozen; Jacob is nowhere in sight; her cellphone fails to work. She leaves ^the car looking for Jacob but sees lights so heads there. An elderly man Jay opens ^the door allowing the shivering Marlee to warm up, but he insists no other visitor ^has arrived. He searches for Jacob but fails to find him. Marlee and the couples' ^retreat center owner chat while his wife rests upstairs thinking about God and marriage. ^As her host goes to check on his wife, Marlee sees her past and present through ^her loving family members, and a future path with two choices.


Paying obvious ^homage to Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman provide an ^engaging family fantasy that starts off with an emotional question of "When do we ^tell the kids?" An entertaining parable, the story line focuses on the importance ^of honesty communicating as the key fuels to maintain loving relationships. Although ^the cast is never deeply developed beyond relational roles, readers will appreciate ^this fun contemporary version of the classic.


 Harriet Klausner




JUST ONE SNOWFLAKE CHANGES


THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DRIFT


JUST ^ONE


choice


changes a life


On a snowy Christmas Eve, their anniversary, ^Marlee and Jacob take a treacherous drive to sign papers signaling the end. Tired ^of fighting, tired of the pain, and no passion left , they have chosen to end their ^marriage. But a shortcut over an icy mountain pass brings Marlee on a collision ^with her life. Visions of the past haunt; images of the present and future make ^her wonder if they have chosen the best course.


 With a nod toward Dickens ^and a heaping helping of truth from bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman, this surprising ^tale will take you through twists and turns and lead you on a journey into the power ^of snow. If your heart needs rekindling, if you long for unconditional love, this ^story will bring warmth and hope..


(right hand flap with author photos)


CHRIS ^FABRY can be heard daily on Moody Radio's Chris Fabry Live, ^where he "talks over the back fence" with listeners across the country. Chris ^is married to Andrea and they have five daughters and four sons.


GARY ^CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The ^5 Love Languages ®.With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the ^uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just ^where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. 


(Left hand ^flap with endorsements)


"Two of my favorites dish up a holiday feast of magic ^and hope." --Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author & owner, Christian Writers ^Guild


"Sometimes it takes a hard skid and crash before people stop long enough ^to realize we can't receive the kind of love we crave unless we're willing to live ^it. In A Marriage Carol, Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman illustrate that ^taking the leap of faith to work through difficulties can result in unexpected blessings ^and the promise of great reward for those who refuse to give up. A joyous, passionate ^honeymoon of a story perfectly fit for the Christmas season." -- Francine Rivers, ^bestselling author of Redeeming Love


FRONT COVER ENDORSEMENT - in reverse ^type on wreath


Two of my favorites dish up a holiday feast of magic and hope. ^- Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author & owner, Christian Writers Guild




"Nothing hits our hearts like a story. Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman ^have written a fictional parable that expresses the true pain in and hope available ^for so many marriages. It's an easy read that can make big changes in your marriage!" ^-- Dr. Juli Slattery, co-host on the Focus on the Family daily broadcast




"Sometimes ^it takes a hard skid and crash before people stop long enough to realize we can't ^receive the kind of love we crave unless we're willing to live it. In A ^Marriage Carol, Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman illustrate that taking the leap ^of faith to work through difficulties can result in unexpected blessings and the ^promise of great reward for those who refuse to give up. A joyous, passionate honeymoon ^of a story perfectly fit for the Christmas season." -- Francine Rivers, bestselling ^author of Redeeming Love

"Two of my favorites dish up a holiday ^feast of magic and hope." --Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author & owner, Christian ^Writers Guild






On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?


^in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to call it quits.  ^Traveling to the lawyer's office through a  snowstorm, they take a shortcut ^and slam into a bank of snow.  Marlee cannot find Jacob so she trudges ^up the hill and comes to a house with a green wreath on its red door and a ^door-knocker in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first ^thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, and the voice of an old ^man welcomes her in. On the hearth are three golden pots, shining, glimmering things. ^The old man claims they are used to restore marriages. So Marlee begins a journey ^through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong ^love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?



On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married ^in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce ^is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked ^with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, ^on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He ^disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , ^spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, ^freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to ^be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, ^built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker ^is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing ^she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place ^and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the ^hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore ^marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future ^that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. ^Which will she choose?



CHRIS FABRY is a graduate of W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at ^Marshall University and Moody bible Institute's Advanced Studies Program. Chris ^can be heard daily on Love Worth Finding, featuring the teaching of the late ^Dr. Adrian Rogers. He received the 2008 "Talk Personality of the Year" Award from ^the National Religious Broadcasters. He has published more than 60 books since 1995, ^many of them fiction for younger readers. Chris collaborated with Jerry B. Jenkins ^and Dr. Tim LaHaye on the children's series Left Behind: The Kids. His two ^novels for adults, Dogwood and June Bug, are published by Tyndale ^House Publishers. Chris is married to his wife Andrea and they have five daughters ^and four sons.

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York ^Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling ^experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing ^readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. ^Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest ^University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological ^Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina ^and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.


Publishers Weekly


A Marriage Carol-Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman. ^Moody/River North


Christmas Eve marks Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer's wedding ^anniversary and, 20 years later, the official dissolution of their marriage. Their ^journey to sign the divorce papers, however, turns into much more when a blizzard ^and an accident threaten lives. Marlee finds safety in a farmhouse where "Jay" helps ^her see her past, present, and future and offers a new way of seeing herself, husband, ^and marriage. The authors seamlessly blend the cleansing qualities of snow ("Melting ^snow exposes. Each flake is like a choice we make") with transparent reference to ^Dickens's A Christmas Carol to create a challenging yet heartwarming tale that will ^touch readers long beyond the holiday season. This novella-combining the storytelling ^prowess of Fabry (Almost Heaven) and the marriage expertise of Chapman (The Five ^Love Languages series)-will change lives with its message "that there is great power ^in small choices." Chapman's afterword and discussion questions deepen the impact. ^This is a tiny book with a huge message. (Sept.)


GENRE GO ROUND REVIEWS BY ^HARRIET KLAUSNER
August 9, 2011


Two decades of marriage that began on ^Christmas Eve is ironically ending on Christmas Eve. The relationship between Marlee ^and Jacob Ebenezer is colder than the wintry weather outside the car they share ^on their way to see the divorce lawyer to sign the final papers. Both worry about ^telling their three kids though they agree to say nothing until after the holidays. ^Driving on the road to the attorney leads to a fight as Marlee feels with the snow ^and ice they should remain on the main road while Jacob chooses a shortcut. On a ^curve with headlines bearing down on them, Jacob loses control.


Marlee awakes ^alone and frozen; Jacob is nowhere in sight; her cellphone fails to work. She leaves ^the car looking for Jacob but sees lights so heads there. An elderly man Jay opens ^the door allowing the shivering Marlee to warm up, but he insists no other visitor ^has arrived. He searches for Jacob but fails to find him. Marlee and the couples' ^retreat center owner chat while his wife rests upstairs thinking about God and marriage. ^As her host goes to check on his wife, Marlee sees her past and present through ^her loving family members, and a future path with two choices.


Paying obvious ^homage to Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman provide an ^engaging family fantasy that starts off with an emotional question of "When do we ^tell the kids?" An entertaining parable, the story line focuses on the importance ^of honesty communicating as the key fuels to maintain loving relationships. Although ^the cast is never deeply developed beyond relational roles, readers will appreciate ^this fun contemporary version of the classic.


 Harriet Klausner




JUST ONE SNOWFLAKE CHANGES


THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DRIFT


JUST ^ONE


choice


changes a life


On a snowy Christmas Eve, their anniversary, ^Marlee and Jacob take a treacherous drive to sign papers signaling the end. Tired ^of fighting, tired of the pain, and no passion left , they have chosen to end their ^marriage. But a shortcut over an icy mountain pass brings Marlee on a collision ^with her life. Visions of the past haunt; images of the present and future make ^her wonder if they have chosen the best course.


 With a nod toward Dickens ^and a heaping helping of truth from bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman, this surprising ^tale will take you through twists and turns and lead you on a journey into the power ^of snow. If your heart needs rekindling, if you long for unconditional love, this ^story will bring warmth and hope..


(right hand flap with author photos)


CHRIS ^FABRY can be heard daily on Moody Radio's Chris Fabry Live, ^where he "talks over the back fence" with listeners across the country. Chris ^is married to Andrea and they have five daughters and four sons.


GARY ^CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The ^5 Love Languages ®.With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the ^uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just ^where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. 


(Left hand ^flap with endorsements)


"Two of my favorites dish up a holiday feast of magic ^and hope." --Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author & owner, Christian Writers ^Guild


"Sometimes it takes a hard skid and crash before people stop long enough ^to realize we can't receive the kind of love we crave unless we're willing to live ^it. In A Marriage Carol, Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman illustrate that ^taking the leap of faith to work through difficulties can result in unexpected blessings ^and the promise of great reward for those who refuse to give up. A joyous, passionate ^honeymoon of a story perfectly fit for the Christmas season." -- Francine Rivers, ^bestselling author of Redeeming Love


FRONT COVER ENDORSEMENT - in reverse ^type on wreath


Two of my favorites dish up a holiday feast of magic and hope. ^- Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author & owner, Christian Writers Guild




"Nothing hits our hearts like a story. Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman ^have written a fictional parable that expresses the true pain in and hope available ^for so many marriages. It's an easy read that can make big changes in your marriage!" ^-- Dr. Juli Slattery, co-host on the Focus on the Family daily broadcast




"Sometimes ^it takes a hard skid and crash before people stop long enough to realize we can't ^receive the kind of love we crave unless we're willing to live it. In A ^Marriage Carol, Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman illustrate that taking the leap ^of faith to work through difficulties can result in unexpected blessings and the ^promise of great reward for those who refuse to give up. A joyous, passionate honeymoon ^of a story perfectly fit for the Christmas season." -- Francine Rivers, bestselling ^author of Redeeming Love

"Two of my favorites dish up a holiday ^feast of magic and hope." --Jerry B. Jenkins, bestselling author & owner, Christian ^Writers Guild





-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 337017
  • Product Code 9780802478375
  • ISBN 0802478379
  • EAN 9780802478375
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Sep 2011
  • Sales Rank 60425
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 2.27 MB (EPUB)

Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry is a 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University. He is heard on Chris Fabry Live! each weekday on Moody Radio, the Love Worth Finding broadcast, and other radio programs. You may have also heard Chris cohosting programs for Focus on the Family radio. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Colorado and are the parents of nine children.
Chris recently released his first adult novel entitled Dogwood, which is set in his native state of West Virginia. He has published more than 60 other books, including many 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. Visit his Web site at www.chrisfabry.com.

Gary Chapman

New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Gary Chapman seeks to fulfil his call to the ministry as a pastor, speaker, and author. He speaks extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally on marriage, family, and relationships. The government of Singapore invited him to present his marriage seminar there and the Chaplainfds Office of NATO issued a special invitation for Dr. Chapman to speak to the NATO forces in Germany. Other engagements have taken him to England, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mexico and Hong Kong.

Sales exceeding 5 million copies earned him the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association for The Five Love Languages, which has been translated into over 36 languages. Almost 30 other books including: The whole Love Languages series; The Five Languages of Apology; Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship; Now What? Marriage After Children; Profit Sharing: Making Money An Asset in Your Marriage and Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, Love is a Verb; God Speaks Your Love Language; The Family You've Always Wanted, plus five DVD series are also among his publications. He also hosts a weekly radio program Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, which airs on more than 170 stations.

On the home front, Dr. Chapman is Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with over 35 years of pastoring and marriage counselling experience. He and his wife, Karolyn, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Dr Gary Chapman holds the following educational qualifications:

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Adult Education
M.R.E., Education Administration

Wake Forest University
M.A., Anthropology

Wheaton College
B.A., Anthropology; Minor: Bible

Moody Bible Institute
Diploma, Pastor's Course

Duke University
Graduate work: History of Education; Educational Psychology

University of North Carolina
Graduate work: Philosophy of Education; Comparative Education
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