Review of A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary D Chapman
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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?
Let me just say, I love Christmas stories, but this one was different. It is a depiction of A Christmas Carol story, but instead of ghosts visiting Marlee, she is sees her past, present, and future in three gold pots. It starts out with Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer, notice the names, on their way to their lawyers office on Christmas Eve. It is snowing and Jacob decides to take a short cut, which Marlee advises against. They end up in an accident. When Marlee wakes up, Jacob is no where to be found, so she sets out and finds a house. An older man answers the door. He tells her the house used to be a funeral home then a couples retreat. He gets her warm and goes out to find Jacob. He comes back, not being able to find him. There are three pots on the hearth and Marlee asks what they are. He explains they help couples restore their marriage. He tells Marlee to go out and get some snow and put in the first one. What ensues as Marlee puts snow in each pot is her being able to she the past, present and future of her life. After Jay, the old man, goes back out to find Jacob, Marlee ventures upstairs and meets someone who helps her make a very important decision.
Alas, Marlee wakes up in the hospital, but was it all really a dream. This will be a great book for couples who are struggling in their marriage, but it is so charming that anyone would benefit from reading it. Too bad we really can't see how decisions we make affect everyone in our lives. This book makes you think about decisions you make and if they were right or not.
I received a complimentary copy for review from Moody Publishers