Friday, August 7, 2015

War Room by Chris Fabry

About the Book:

Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own.

As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.

My Thoughts:

There was a time when I avoided novelizations.  I thought once I had seen the movie, I knew all there was to know about the story.  But my husband purchased a copy of "Courageous", and I fell in love.  The rich details in the story that cannot be portrayed in film edify the production and take you deeper into the tale.

With "War Room", once again I was astonished at the richness in the pages that didn't make it on screen.  We are able to get inside the minds of the characters, seeing things and feeling things so vital to the message of the film.

Chris Fabry does an excellent job keeping the essence of the movie while filling in the details.  The best way I can describe the difference to you is this:

Imagine a coloring book titled "War Room".  The bold outlines and intricate designs represent the motion picture.  Now imagine you have a box of excellent tools to add color to the black and white pages of the coloring book.

Now you have the full picture, and it's gorgeous.

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my complimentary copy of "War Room" in exchange for an honest review.

Complete honesty: I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Fabry's novelization of the movie, but my all-time favorite is "Courageous".  Still, "War Room" is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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