Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Review: Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

In Chris Fabry’s newest novel, Almost Heaven, he tackles the question of God’s omniscience and omnipotence. Why, we have to ask ourselves, does God allow bad things – sometimes horrible things – to happen? How can one man’s life – scarred by tragedy – serve to glorify God?

Those are the questions that Malachi, the angel assigned to “look after” Billy Allman, asks as he watches and tries to protect his charge. He searches for understanding of God’s purpose, but even though he is able to see the top side of God’s tapestry, as he puts it, while mere humans are forced to work their way through the tangled threads of the underside, he still has trouble understanding the significance of this one boy’s life.

Billy lives in the coal mining area of the West Virginia hills. He experiences things that make us weep, but in spite of everything he still maintains his faith in God and His good purpose. What Malachi doesn’t understand is Billy’s soul – the soul that praises God in a song that weaves its way through Billy’s life. That music seeks, and finds, its resolution in the climax of the book.

Chris Fabry has given us a book filled with real people experiencing real life, and a glimpse into what one person can do when he seeks to serve God. I’m looking forward to reading more of Mr. Fabry’s books.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided a copy of this book for my review.

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