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Not in the Heart Paperback – February 1, 2012
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Truman Wiley used to report news stories around the world, but now the troubling headlines are his own. He’s out of work and out of touch with his family, but nothing keeps him awake at night more than his son’s failing heart.
With hospital bills mounting faster than Truman can gamble his life savings, it seems there’s no way out . . . until his estranged wife throws him a lifeline―the chance to write the story of a death row inmate willing to donate his heart to Truman’s son.
As the execution clock ticks, Truman uncovers disturbing evidence that may point to a different killer. For his son to live, must an innocent man die? As Truman’s investigation escalates, he’s forced to face his failures and make a choice that will change his life, his family, and the destinies of two men forever.
Top Customer Reviews
Fabry's book, June Bug, is one of my favorite books. I read the book that came after that book, but struggled with all of his depiction of angels. But, still, he is a very good writer. So, I wanted to try this book. This book is the story of Truman Wiley, a writer who has run away from his family--his wife, daughter, and son who is dying of a defective heart. A man is about to die on death row and wants Truman to write his story. The overarching plot is well developed and interesting.
But, this book delves into the addiction of gambling and its consequences on both addicts and the people who love them. The vivid description of how gambling enticed him if even a few bucks were in his pocket was both shocking and sad. After reading some of the description of how Truman felt as he gambled away what money he had--regardless of its consequences, I simply couldn't keep reading. It overwhelmed me with the depressing nature of the addiction.
If you enjoy drama movies and tear-jearkers, you will enjoy this book. It is well written and characters are vividly described. If, you feel overwhelmed by deeply sad movies, you may find that you have the same reaction to this book as I did.Read more ›
Truman Wiley is a man with a past marked by success. He gained notoriety as a noted investigative reporter who traveled the world. He had a beautiful wife and two kids who benefitted from his success. But in the course of his work, he saw and experienced things that no one should see and that he couldn't forget. As he looked for ways to dull theose memories and distract him from asking "why" he began to gamble. When his son is diagnosed with a congential and ultimately deadly heart condition the issues of "why" arrive on his own doorstep. And the addiction slowly took over everything else. When the book opens, he is separated from his wife and family and living off of the scraps of his failed career. And the last thing he wants to hear about is that God cares and has a plan. He thinks he's seen the plan and it is a bad one.
This novel is about how the chance for redemption is offered to this man and the path he takes to try and find it. It isn't easy, he isn't always likeable, and he fails and frustrates along the way. If you've ever lived with and loved a person who is dealing with addictions, you will recognize them in Truman. You will get inside his head and hear the excuses he makes and the fear and self doubt that got him there. And slowly, you will see him change.
If the only challenges that you want to encounter in a novel is whether or not it will rain on the courting couple during the picnic, this isn't for you. Truman frustrates. There are times when you'll want to shake him.Read more ›
It's always interesting to me when I hear authors speak of their characters as if they were real people. If that was the case with Truman, I would have had to have punched him very early in this book. Truman is so self-absorbed with himself that I wanted to scream out loud at him every time he turned his back on his family. Mr. Fabry writes his characters so that you feel what they feel, you laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry.
This book is a wild roller coaster ride of emotions from meeting with Truman, to him finally showing up to the hospital to see his son, back to him relapsing into his old self again and finally to the ending. I won't give it away because I feel that you have to read this book, but I can tell you that the Gasp! that came out of my mouth at the end had to have at least awakened several guests in the hotel that night.
So should you read it? My answer is yes! This is a great book to be read by anybody, but specifically to us men as a reminder that it isn't all about us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truman returns to his broken and hurting family hoping to redeem the lives he had discarded for his career. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Patricia A. Gort
Another wonderful detailed novel by Chris Fabry. This one, alike the others, gives the reader a sense of being right there with the characters. Really enjoy this author's books.Published 2 months ago by LJJ
Wow, this was a phenomenal read. I know I’ve said many times this year that I loved a book I’ve just read but this book is by far the best one and it will be hard to beat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donna DMB
I have nothing against predictable, shallow books. They serve their purpose -- as beach reading, say, or perhaps while waiting at the doctor's office. Read morePublished 3 months ago by savingsinseconds
Great story with a touching ending. I was intrigued throughout the entire book. Surprising ending. Loved the way God's forgiveness, mercy, and love was portrayed.Published 3 months ago by katie linderman
What a great book! What a moral dilemma! and what a surprise ending, never saw it coming!Published 3 months ago by Pajija
I was blown away. I didn't expect this. What I found was a compelling book of complexities. Truman Wiley was a scoundrel. I wanted to wring his neck. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phoenix
Admitted, I should have looked into this book a bit more carefully before starting to read it: I was not really searching for anything Christian to read when I bought it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MattJames