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A Marriage Carol

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  894 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Moody Publishers (first published August 19th 2011)
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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
Dec 20, 2011 Janga added it
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 gro ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Nancee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 ...more
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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, spinnin
Trinity Rose
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 an
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"
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
Diane A Brown
Nov 30, 2011 Diane A Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christmas Fiction Readers
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 shifts a
Kate Brown
Free Kindle book from Amazon. 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
Kelly  Schuknecht
On Christmas Eve (and their 20th anniversary) Marlee and Jacob set out to meet with their lawyer and sign their divorce papers. They'd tried everything -- counseling, retreats, countless books, but Marlee believes it's a lost cause. Their love has died.

"When do we tell the children?" It begins.

But on their way to the lawyer's office, the snowstorm picks up and the car crashes. Marlee finds her way to a nearby house where an old man takes her in, keeps her safe and warm and shares with her three
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
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 ...more
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!
Jason Lilly
A Marriage Carol is a nice holiday story that uses a clever spin on the familiar "past, present, future" theme that is common in holiday tales. Jacob & his wife Marlee are ready to end their marriage, on their way to sign the papers on Christmas Eve when the hit a patch of slick road in a blizzard & they crash. Marlee wakes up alone & makes her way to a cozy home nearby. A man who calls himself Jay welcomes her in. As they talk. Marlee learns that the house is actually a marriage ret ...more
C.E. Hart
This is a charming, heartwarming story of Jacob and Marlee--a couple on the brink of divorce. On the way to the attorney's office Marlee's life spins out of control and she's forced to face new choices that may change her life forever.

In this modern retelling of the original Christmas Carol, Marlee is given a glimpse of what was, what is, and what might be. The magical vapors of the past, present and possible future warm Marlee's heart and show her that choices are like each snowflake, and her l
Synopsis: "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, ...more
A Marriage Carol
Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
Published by Moody

We all know the traditional Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, remade into a variety of different movie versions from Muppets to Jim Carey. But what happens when you take the Christmas Carol concept and apply it to marriage.
Introducing Marlee and Jacob Ebenezer (of course), married 20 years, deciding to call it quits on their marriage that slowly has been dieing. They are on their way to sign papers of divorce when they have a car
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A play off the classic, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, A Marriage Carol follows Marlee the night she and her husband get into an accident on the way to their divorce lawyer. Stranded in a snowstorm with her husband vanished from the car, Marlee finds shelter from a local man who helps her see her marriage past, present and future.

I thought the authors' writing style was beautiful and very descriptive. It's not a book to over th
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 ...more
Cheryl Olson
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 light and expl ...more
A Marriage Carol is a short novel that begins on Christmas Eve and ends on Christmas Day, in one of many nods to the original Dickens’ tale.

Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer are driving to an attorney’s office to finalize their divorce, twenty years to the day from when they got married. A terrible snowstorm intervenes, causing them to have an accident that stops them from getting to his office.

I don’t want to give away the rest of the story, so I’ll stop my description of the book there, but suffice it
Donna Weaver
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.

On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christ
Authors; Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
Publisher: Moody Publishers
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0802402646
Genre: Inspirational/Fiction/Christmas/Marriage

Marlee and Jacob are headed to the lawyer to sign the divorce papers on a snowy Christmas Eve—their twentieth wedding anniversary. They are tired of fighting, and Marlee is pulling away, Jacob seems to be a the “whatever stage” where he just let her rant and paid her no mind.

When the highway is crawling with traffic, Jacob pull
Nate LaClaire
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 Jake ...more
Maureen Timerman
On the Anniversary of their marriage, 20 years ago, Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer [Love the twist on names] are heading out to a Divorce Lawyer. Marlee mentions what she thinks about a lawyer being open on Christmas Eve..."must be divorced?" Jacob decides to head down a faster road, and Marlee states the obvious...I "told you so" as they go slipping and sliding.
When Marlee awakes she can't find Jacob and goes toward a house with a light. How appropriate that the house is a former "Funeral Home" and
My mother got an Advance Reader Copy of this book at a Library convention and she passed it on to read. I read Gary Chapman's "Five Love Languages" book earlier this year. His ideas on how to make marriage work were very compelling.

A Marriage Carol has a lot of Dickens references in it (Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer is just one example). Marlee is able to get a new view of her life and marriage after a serious accident she and her husband have on Christmas Eve. It is their wedding anniversary and t
I just finished A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman. It was an extremely quick read, but one that pulled me in. It's the story of Marlee and Jacob who are traveling through a snow storm to their attorney's office on Christmas Eve to sign their divorce papers.

It's a bittersweet journey. They were married on Christmas Eve a 20 years ago, and there was a snow storm that night as well. Even though they are on their way to end their marriage, they are both thinking of that night 20 years
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 ...more
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.

Say it is thus with what you show me!"

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens


It's Christmas Eve and Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary with a drive to the divorce lawyer's office.

Two decades have passed and the only thing remaining from their union is the three children they've borne. After years
Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer have been married for twenty years. They are at the point in their marriage where they've looked at each other and realized they no longer know who the other person is. Marlee has put all her energy and her heart into their three children. Jacob has been completely absorbed in his work. And now, on their 20th anniversary, they're headed to the attorney's office. When a wake-up call happens, their lives are forever changed.

Marlee takes a journey through the past, presen
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
A couple celebrate their twentieth anniversary by going to the lawyer to sign divorce papers. They do not see a future together and are ready and willing to give up on their lives together.

They take a short cut on a snowy Christmas Eve to see the lawyer before he heads home for the holidays. Their choice leads to an accident and a chance to see what would, could, o shouldn't happen with their decision.

Merilee finds herself in the home of a stranger. She is lost and alone, worried about her husb
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Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are ...more
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