November 9, 2010
"Almost Heaven" by Chris Fabry *Book Review (Free copies available)
Life is like an intricate tapestry. We earthbound humans can see only the tangled underside. We are unable to see things from the topside, where interwoven threads and colors create a grander picture. To outsiders, Billy Allman is a hillbilly genius - a gifted mandolin player and a talented musical engineer. Almost Heaven allows readers to see the bigger picture of Allman's life. His humble beginning, painful childhood, and adult struggles are placed on display for the reader, but it's not until the end of the novel that we are able to see the grander purpose and plan for Allman's life.
In a unique twist, the story allows us the perspective of Allman's guardian angel, Malachi in addition to Allman's own thoughts. It was a helpful reminder that there is more going on than what we can see with human eyes.
The story was well-written. The characters were well-developed and the plot was interesting. I have a great appreciation for Christian Fiction with imperfect heroes. Billy Allman is far from perfect, but his story is an inspiring reminder of the difference one life can make.
Beautiful story. I would definitely recommend it.
FYI: Almost Heaven Kindle Version is currently FREE at Amazon.com. You seriously cannot beat that! Download it and enjoy! Don't have a Kindle? You can download software that allows you to read Kindle books on your computer, iPod Touch or iPhone.
I received a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own honest thoughts of the story.