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"Narrator Greg Whalen's masterful performance sounds like multiple narrators as he depicts a group of firemen and a troubled marriage. From the sounds of pulse-pounding sirens to the suspense of a car caught in the path of an oncoming train, the story’s tension is unrelenting. Dedicated and courageous fireman Caleb Holt is soon to be divorced because of his extramarital affair. Whalen’s portrayal of Caleb's wife's feelings of rejection is especially believable—listeners should have Kleenex handy. He portrays Caleb's confusion and remorse with subtle vocal tones. When Caleb’s father suggests that he try a forty-day experiment called "The Love Dare," he’s reluctant—until he learns the program saved his parents’ marriage. Powerful characterizations and authentic sound effects make this an engaging audio experience." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Eric Wilson is the New York Times best-selling writer of Fireproof  novelization as well as Flywheel and Facing the Giants. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.



Alex Kendrick and his brother Stephen helped Sherwood Baptist establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003. They have co-written Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and the upcoming Courageous. He is also the associate minister of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

Stephen Kendrick and his brother Alex helped Sherwood Baptist establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003. They have co-written Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and the upcoming Courageous. He is also the associate teaching pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547169
  • ASIN: B002QGSW9C
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Thriller aficionados should welcome this debut."
--Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced page turner with contemporary, likable characters."
--Library Journal

"Wilson is set to leave his mark on the world of fiction."
-- Ted Dekker, NY Times bestselling author

Eric Wilson has been married for over twenty years. He is the father of two grown daughters, and is a grandfather. He has traveled in over forty countries. Eric is the author of fifteen published works that range from contemporary fiction to supernatural suspense, and is at work on nonfiction projects as well:

1. Taming the Beast: the Untold Story of Team Tyson
2. Alice Goes the Way of the Maya (novella)
3. October Baby
4. Amelia's Last Secret (novella)
5. Two Seconds Late
6. One Step Away
7. Valley of Bones
8. Haunt of Jackals
9. Field of Blood
10. Fireproof
11. Facing the Giants
12. Flywheel
13. A Shred of Truth
14. The Best of Evil
15. Expiration Date
16. Dark to Mortal Eyes

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jake on September 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Fireman Caleb Holt puts his life on the line every day to save others. Despite his hard work ethic and dedication to his job, the flames that were once so evident in his marriage have begun to sizzle out. After eight years of mediocrity and disappointment Catherine Holt has filed for divorce. Caleb now comes to a crossroads where he must decide between giving up and staying to fight for the woman he loves. Searching for answers, Caleb reaches out to his father never anticipating how his life will soon change. Caleb is now ready to set out on the ultimate dare to fight for his marriage like his has never fought for anything before.

Firpeproof is the third collaboration between novelist Eric Wilson and filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick (the team behind Facing the Giants and Flywheel). As with the previous film projects, Eric Wilson does a masterful job of taking a screenplay and transforming it into a fantastic story with inspiring characters and a challenging message.

We live in a society where the marriage relationship is not appreciated or taken very seriously. The easy thing to do when things get difficult is to divorce, and we see this pattern played out over and over again for so many couples. Fireproof is a story written to challenge our culture's perspective on marriage. Yes, we get some great action sequences and suspenseful moments throughout, but the heart of this story is found in Caleb's resolve to save his marriage and fight for the woman he loves.

Eric Wilson brings this struggle to life throughout the pages, drawing us deeper into Caleb and Catherine's problems. I really appreciate the way that neither Caleb nor Catherine is shouldered with the blame, rather we see how both are equally responsible for the plight they are in.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wolfe Moffat on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
In case nobody has noticed, Eric Wilson is getting pretty good! Ok, cut through it already, he's better than most. So much so that Alex and Stephen Kendrick trust him with screenplays that they wrote, and Eric was chosen to do the novelization. In my opinion, that's great! Let's just say that with "Fireproof," Eric Wilson decides to turn up the heat.

Who would not want to be in the shoes (or boots) of Caleb Holt? He's a man's man, he's in charge, and he's one of the youngest to be promoted to Captain. He's a hard working firefighter. There is no doubt you'll see his name in the papers, maybe on the evening news. The man's a hero. But with all due respect, you'd better convince Catherine that. Who's Catherine? That would be Caleb's wife. They fell in love once upon a time, and now are preparing for the easiest way to go separate ways. The idea of communication, let alone eye contact between these two is nothing short of eruption in the home. And the marriage looks to go up in smoke.

But Caleb's dad isn't about to give up so quickly, and he dares him. He dares Caleb Holt with a 40 day commitment called, "The Love Dare." And what Caleb thought he knew about love is about to reach a whole new level. The stakes are going to be high. The question is, how badly does Caleb want this marriage to survive? Does he love his wife just as badly as he loves fighting a fire?

This is a movie I've looked forward to, and after reading this, even more so! Eric Wilson shines with this effort. He knows how to keep a reader's attention. And he knows how to make it special. And I give a special thanks to Eric Wilson. Thank you!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James A. Nichols VINE VOICE on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Eric Wilson does it again with his newest novelization of a Kendrick brothers movie. I cant compare this to the movie as I have not seen it yet(but after reading the book I cant wait to see it). The book is about Captain Caleb Holt, an Albany Georgia firefighter who risks his life daily to put out fires and to save lives but it seems that the fire in his 7-yr marriage seems to be going out. His wife says that she doesnt love him and all they do is yell at each other. When Calebs father tells him to give it 40 days and to take the Love Dare, he decides to give it one more go. A great story with great characters. I highly recommend reading the book if you have seen the movie or even if you havent. The only thing though is if you read the book before seeing the movie you may be a little disappointed as Eric Wilson adds a lot of back story and character devolpment that is not in the movie. My wife has also started reading the book and she loves it so far. Again a great book by a great author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cma143 on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because the movie wasn't available in my area and I didn't want to wait for the DVD to come out. I also bought the Fireproof couples kit which has a DVD with clips from the movie and a workbook for each spouse with discussion questions plus activities for couples to go through together. Both of these, the book and the kit, have been helpful in building a stronger marriage.
The book is based on the movie so it's not the best literature in the world. I felt that some scenes probably come off better in the movie. That said, it's a wonderful story that brought laughter and tears. I believe every couple will relate in one way or the other to the characters in the story.
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