Chris Fabry Gary Chapman
- Title: A Marriage Carol
- Author: Chris Fabry Gary Chapman
- ISBN: 9780802402646
- Page: 257
- Format: Hardcover
What do you do when the love has gone out Jake and Marlee, a tired married couple, are about to call it quits Over time they have drifted apart the sparks are dead Marlee is convinced she married the wrong man, and Jake feels tied down to the wrong woman Jake is distant and tired of being controlled, while Marlee is tired of being the only one trying to the save theirWhat do you do when the love has gone out Jake and Marlee, a tired married couple, are about to call it quits Over time they have drifted apart the sparks are dead Marlee is convinced she married the wrong man, and Jake feels tied down to the wrong woman Jake is distant and tired of being controlled, while Marlee is tired of being the only one trying to the save their marriage They go to bed Christmas Eve, in separate rooms, each rationalizing life is too short to be miserable love shouldn t hurt like this their marriage must end for happiness to return.But then something peculiar happens The ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Present, and Marriage Future reveal to them their past choices and present realities, and how their future might look if they do not change their stories.Jake and Marlee experience a Christmas gift that will radically change their thinking and cause them to look at marriage not for what they can get out of it, but for what God can do in and through their marriage.
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A Marriage Carol is not a romance novel. It is a short (128 pages) story of a marriage that rises renewed from the ashes of hopelessness and resignation written by two writers well-known within the Christian community. Its message that God can restore broken marriages when both parties are committed to Him, to one another, and to their marriage will evoke hope in some and seem simplistic to others. The prose is sometimes lovely and lyrical (“There is no barren place on earth that love cannot g [...]
Jacob and his wife Marlee married 20 years on Christmas Eve are on their way in a snowstorm to the lawyers office to end their marriage on Christmas Eve. An accident occurs and Marlee wakes up and Jacob is nowhere to be found. She walks until she finds help. Hope opens the door and comes in the form of a kindly old man whose words match that of his heart. She realizes she has choices to make but there are consequenses attached to them. I was entranced by this magical story! A very creative "warm [...]
This is a short retelling of A Christmas Carol, Christian style. Marlee Ebaneezer and her husband Jacob are on there way to sign divorce papers on Christmas eve. Something happens, and Marlee gets a chance to see the past, the current and the future. Very well told story. I didn't really pay attention to the blurb, so it wasn't until I read her last name that I realized what was going on. This book makes you think about how one choice can change everything. If you have no hope for yourself, mayb [...]
It's Christmas Eve, and Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer have an appointment with a divorce lawyer to dissolve their 20-year marriage. Years of detachment and indifference in their marriage have led to a tragic end. As heavy snow drifts down the car skids along the highway toward their afternoon appointment in the city. Heavy traffic and treacherous driving conditions prompt Jacob to take the shortcut on County Line Road. Marlee recalls that same drive in similar weather conditions after their Christma [...]
Description of the book…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, s [...]
Marlee and Jacob Ebenezer. I love it already! Marlee and Jacob are on their way on their twentieth wedding anniversary to sign the papers that will end their marriage when a car "accident" sends them careening off the road. And where oh where do they end up? When Marlee comes to, Jacob is no where to be seen. She starts off on a journey to find Jacob and comes across a cabin where she meets Jay and his wife. Now, this is no ordinary couple. You saw that coming, right?!It seems Jay is the "ghost" [...]
My first Christmas book this year and it was so worth reading. A Marriage Carol is such a incredible, little book and I love it. I read it in only a few hours, it wouldn‘t have taken that long if I didn‘t have to interrupt my reading to get things done.A Marriage Carol takes a few sentences and has some of the same plots as the famous book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. They are on their way to town to get a divorce and end up in a ditch. The next things they go through causes Marlee [...]
As a fiction book, I would not rate this so high. But because it really made me think and because of its deeper message that marriage definitely is something worth fighting for, I gave it a 5.It is their 20th wedding anniversary, and Marlee and Jacob are about to get divorced. They get into an accident in a snowstorm. Marlee can't find Jacob, but does find a house with a light on. She makes her way to the house, and ends up meeting the older man that lives there. The house ends up being a marria [...]
What will the music hold?The snow, falling so thickly, they can barely see the road. The husband, worried that they won’t reach the divorce attorney’s before closing, decides to take a short cut. It’s Christmas Eve, their anniversary and the children are at home. Hope, lost in an ocean of despair, is long forgotten. Numbness is already settling in. What happens could easily be someone’s reality. Is the future certain or is there yet time to change. A devastating accident or was it? Time [...]
Free Kindle book from . This is a "save your marriage" short story based loosely on The Christmas Carol. Didn't care so much for the story, it's predictable and stale. I wouldn't recommend this book because:1. Your marriage is good because you've already realized the lifelong commitment needed to keep it that way and the trite storyline will not make a difference in your life.2. Your marriage sucks and the trite storyline can not begin to help you.3. You're not married and the trite story line i [...]
I heard this as a free download from Moody Radio, and really enjoyed it. The story was 'real' (I could relate to some of it) and a great reminder that marriages are worth fighting for. A GREAT listen!
I enjoyed this book - both the premise and the nuances of the implementation. But I think it could have been more powerful with its message if it had gone into greater detail about the characters. For a book about a failing marriage, I feel like I have very few concrete examples of why the marriage was failing I'm guessing the authors wanted to relate to more readers by keeping possibilities open. For me, the brevity had the opposite effect. I struggled with rooting for or emphasizing with the c [...]
While on their way to sign divorce papers, Jacob and Marley Ebenezer are involved in a car accident. Marlee is knocked unconscious and experiences some revealing dreams, much like Scrooge experienced in Dicken's Christmas Carol. Instead Marlee has visits from the ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Future, and Marriage Present. Marlee learns the greatest lesson of all - that marriage is always worth fighting for. I highly recommend this and would give twice the stars if I could.
A loose re-telling of A Christmas Carol, this is a story of healing and renewing of love and hope within a failing marriage. It is told in an interesting way, but I didn't really connect to the characters emotionally. Perhaps because there was not a lot of back story, and it is a short story, so there's not a lot of time to get to know the characters. It is a nice, short holiday story, though.
she was driving with her husband on a snowy night to get divorced. on the way they got in a accident. she found herself at a house with a man who showed her how to fill 3 bowls of snow and as they melted in the fireplace she could see past present and future. when she woke up in the hospital she told her husband she wanted to try again to save their marriage.
Great reflective storyThis book is great for looking at marriage as a long term commitment. So many times people want to throw in the towel and find happiness elsewhere. This book recognizes that and also how to look at making grass greener where you stand. Lovely story.
Quick short read but jammed back with great reminders!!
It was ok
Sweet and touching a good reminder of the fragility of an unprotected marriage.
Makes you think about how you react in your marriage. Good advice.
Very cute story. Warmed my heart.
It was Christmas Eve. It was also Jake and Marlee Ebenezer's 20th wedding anniversary. They were on their way to the attorney's to sign divorce papers. The recent snow caused driver's to go slower than normal. Jake decided to take a shortcut. The last thing Marlee remembered was two headlights coming their way. When she awoke, she discovered the car had crashed into a snow bank. There was no sign of Jake. She decided to go get help, wondering why he had left her. With no apparent injuries or cel [...]
A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary ChapmanReview by Kara GrantJacob and Marley Ebenezer have been married for twenty years and they are both done with the marriage. They have decided they would be better off and that their three kids would be better off if they end the marriage and find happiness apart from each other. The story begins with them driving to the lawyer’s office to sign the divorce papers on Christmas Eve, which also happens to be their anniversary. However, Jacob decides t [...]
What happens when you combine the brilliant minds of Charles Dickens, Gary Chapman of “The Five Love Languages” fame, and 2 time Christy award winning author Chris Fabry? Why, you get the novel “A Marriage Carol, of course. The book opens this way- “I know what you will say. You married the wrong person. I know because it is what I said”. I’m sure that this is a common sentiment across the world in many marriages today. Somehow, Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry bring this sentiment to li [...]
I was in the mood for a Christmas story, and I like books about happily married couples - though they seem hard to come by, so I was interested in reading this to see Marlee and Jacob come back to each other. The problem with the book was that it was too short for such an in depth story line. I like short books like this because they are a quick read and a nice change of pace from the longer novels. However, the story line has to be right for such a short story. This story line does not fit in w [...]
Here's a beautiful twist on the classic story of The Christmas Carol that offers hope to any relationship but essentially one of a troubled marriage.Marlee and Jacob are spending their 20 year anniversary together only not the way most would expected a married couple to. Jacob and Marlee are headed to a lawyer's office to sign the divorce papers. Only they are headed out on a snowy evening leaving behind their three children in the care of their oldest Becca. Worried on what they should tell the [...]
On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, and 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, fallin [...]
Jacob and Marlee Ebeneezer have been married for 20 years. Their marriage started out as they had hoped. They were happy and in love, then life started happening. They had three children, the house, and work to think about. As the years passed, the distance between them grew as well. On their twentieth wedding anniversary, which also happened to be Christmas Eve, Jacob and Marlee are on their way to the lawyers to sign their divorce paperwork. Their children don't know what they are doing, and J [...]
In A Marriage Carol, Jake and Marlee Ebenezer are calling it quits on their 20-year marriage. On a snowy Christmas Eve, the parents of three young children are driving to their lawyer’s office to sign their divorce papers when they are in an automobile accident. Awaking in an empty car, Marlee assumes that Jake has gone looking for help and sets out to join him. She comes across a house and meets a very hospitable elderly man named Jay. After getting Marlee comfortable, Jay goes looking for Ja [...]
What my stars mean:5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it. 4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.1 Stars--I hated it.WHAT'S IT ABOUT:On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christ [...]
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