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Not in the Heart

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  510 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
A Christy Award winner from the bestselling author of "War Room"!
Truman Wiley used to report news stories from around the world, but now the most troubling headlines are his own. He s out of work, out of touch with his family, out of his home. But nothing dogs him more than his son s failing heart.
With mounting hospital bills and Truman s penchant for gambling his savings
Paperback, 418 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Laurie Armstrong
Apr 16, 2014 Laurie Armstrong rated it it was amazing
I rated this four stars last night. It is now 12 hours later and I can not get Truman Wiley out of my head, so I've changed it to five stars. This story is so moving. The ending is not what I expected - it was better. I guess I should say, perfect. This is a Christian novel but not the warm and fuzzy ones I'm accustomed to reading. But then again, the Christian life is not a warm and fuzzy one either. We all have demons. Chris Fabry did an excellent job demonstrating how addiction doesn't only a ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Ron rated it really liked it
A good read. A very good read.

Fabry successfully captures the voice of a very unlovable protagonist and puts him and those around him (not to mention the reader) though the wringer of close calls, frustration and betrayal as his weaves his way toward the inevitable climax. Only . . . it isn't.

Very well written. And, while I might object to the naming of one of the villains, I can't find fault with how he wraps everything up.

Until you read the Epilogue. There's a Mach truck-sized gap in the logic
Jul 17, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
The quote from Tom Stoppard “Life is a gamble, at terrible odds – if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it” starts off this latest novel by Chris Fabry.
Truman comes across as a very selfish man, caring for himself rather than for his wife who is the sole caregiver for their son, Aiden, who was born with congenital heart disease, and at the age of eighteen years old is on the list for a heart transplant and their daughter Abigail. I had a hard time connecting with Truman for this reason. In contras
Feb 22, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing
Chris Fabry has penned another winner with his latest book, Not in the Heart. From the back cover description, I thought I had prepared myself for what would be between the front and back cover, but honestly, I was not prepared for the emotional journey that I took through this story.

I imagine most folks know a "Truman" in their circle of friends. Me? Yeah, I have one, too, and he struggles with an addiction that only God can heal at this point. It's difficult to watch someone I love succumb to
Jul 30, 2013 John rated it liked it
I really appreciated how the author treated the sex issues in this book. He described them sufficiently that you got the message without going into all the graphic details. It seems that many modern authors feel their artistic license somehow requires graphic descriptions of sex for them to be fulfilled as an author. The argument sometimes made by them that the graphic sex is necessary for the story is absolute baloney. Great writers got along just fine in the past without graphic sex and modern ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Feb 05, 2012 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it it was amazing
Wow. Simply, wow. I have loved everything I've read by Chris Fabry. Seriously. But, Not in the Heart has to be the best. Truman is a fantastic, real, flawed character. He loves his family, but struggles with his demons and his addiction to gambling has led him away from those he loves. His family loves him, but doesn't know how to help him. As his life spirals away, he is given one last chance at redemption: the chance to write the story of the man on death row. A man destined to die. A man who ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
This was. not what I expected and I read it reluctantly but once I started I couldn't put if down and finished in a morning and an afternoon. While there was some religious overtones it was not preachy and keep me turning the pages to see how it would end and was not what I expected. As a parent do you find out the truth or save your child's life? A moral delemma faced by the main character along with his gambling addiction and failure to be there when his family needs him. Should make an intere ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
This is a captivating story. Truman Wiley is a down-and-out worldwide reporter who not only is destitute, but alienated from his wife and two children. He agrees to write a book about a death row inmate charged of murder in exchange for the accused’s heart upon execution. Truman feels he can gain restitution by trading the book for the heart for his dying son. The twists and turns of the continuing story is engrossing enough to keep interest until the surprising ending. Chris Fabry’s writing is ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Krista rated it it was ok
This book was mostly disappointing to me. I enjoy Fabry's quick wit and his use of humor amongst thought provoking story lines, but I thought it was odd that his book has a very similar plot to a Jody Picolt novel. Aside from that, I enjoyed Fabry's humor and his witty ways to turn a phrase, but I had two main issues with this book.
First, the main character is EXTREMELY unlikable. He is simply a horrible man. He is a bad dad and a horrible husband. I "get" the whole "anti-hero" concept, but thi
Rosemary Cantrell
This is an interesting plot line - a journalist, whose son needs a heart transplant to save his life, is asked to write a book about a convicted murdered who is about to be executed. The prisoner wants to donate his heart to the son, because he has found faith. The journalist is as down in life as possible - separated from wife, deeply in debt, gambling addiction, loan shark after him, etc.

The conflict in the story is that there are indications that the wrong man is about to be executed and he
Kimberly Dee
May 13, 2015 Kimberly Dee rated it really liked it
Bawling. My. Eyes out. I really don't remember the last time I cried this hard over a book, and I don't even know why.
The journey that Chris Fabry took the main character through was really touching, and I was transfixed. He did a great job writing and developing the character of Truman. I was drawn in by the sarcasm, humour, and struggles of this man.
I gave it a 4/5 stars because while I really liked the read, and the ending absolutely wrecked me, I wasn't absolutely in love with the story th
Jan 22, 2015 Jannie rated it it was amazing
I have to say that this is the kind of book that sticks with you. Truman is not a very likeable character due to all of his character flaws and poor choices, but I found myself draw in to the story anyway. The secondary characters were very compelling and I found myself wondering if Truman would find the real killer, and if so, what would happen to his son. The ending was a real shocker and I loved the plot twist. I did have a few unanswered questions though when I was through. I can't say much ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
I began reading Not in the Heart because an actor friend's dad wrote it, and while I got distracted with other books and projects, I kept reading it bit by bit because I wanted to know what happens, not just to the boy who needs a new heart, or to the death-row inmate who wants to give it to him, but to the protagonist, Truman Wiley, to his estranged wife, and to Abby, their feisty daughter. I wanted to see what direction the author would go: would he simply ask questions? Would he give the same ...more
Deb Brammer
Aug 17, 2015 Deb Brammer rated it it was amazing
Truman Wiley is a successful journalist, but a dismal failure as a dad. His son Aiden will die unless he gets a heart transplant and Aiden is offered the heart of a condemned prisoner on death row. The prisoner is innocent, but no one believes him and he decides, when he is executed, to donate his heart to Aiden. Truman has been hired to write the prisoner's story, but the more he hears, the more he realizes the prisoner may be innocent. Truman has to choose between rescuing an innocent man from ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Clarissa rated it really liked it
This touching novel is about a broken man who has lost his job together with his family- however, the latter is by choice. Truman (Tru) is a well known journalist who has been asked to write a story about an innocent man, Terrelle Conley, a man who has been sentenced to death for his supposed crime. Tru is also the dad of Aiden- who is set to receive Terrelle's heart.

I really liked this quote; "Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he
Karen Collier
Jan 28, 2014 Karen Collier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I was excited to read and review Not in the Heart, because it is the 2013 Christy Award Winner in the Contemporary Standalone Category and I'd heard a lot of good things about it. The copy I read was an audiobook version, checked out and downloaded from my local library, so I'll be reviewing not only the text of the book itself but also the quality of the recording and its narration. For my full review of Not in the Heart complete with links to additional resources, please see my blog post.

My re
Mar 03, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Truman had the motivation to become important in the journalism field. He wrote for top notch publishers, while his wife Ellen and their 2 children Abby and Aidan took the back burner. Rarely around to celebrate family events, often on a mission to gain the next big story, Truman missed out on much of what could have been. Born with a congenital heart defect, Aidan has suffered for years with the recurring surgeries to keep him alive. Now it has come down to his needing a transplant to make it t ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
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Truman Wiley, journalist, has been out of touch with his estranged wife Ellen, their two children and the Lord. He has been out of work for quite some time. His son Aiden is in desperate need of a heart and Truman's pain of seeing his son lying in the hospital pushes fear to the forefront of his mind. Truman is asked to write the story of Terrelle Conley, a death row inmate convicted of murder, who unselfishly wants to be an organ donor for Aiden. When Abigail their daughter asks to assist her f ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Truman Wiley is a man lost–out of work as a reporter; out of touch with his family; drowning in gambling, hospital and school debts; loss of his small house; car repossessed; neglectful father and husband; and most importantly, out of touch with God. His son, Aiden, is slowly dying from a heart ailment, and is desperately in need of a heart transplant to survive.

Truman’s estranged wife, Ellen, gets him a job writing a book about Terrence Conley, a death row inmate accused of murder, who is willi
Maureen Timerman
Jan 26, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Truman Wiley is a World famous reporter. He is down on his luck by his own doing, his demon is gambling. He is at this point having his home repossessed and his car is soon to follow. Also his life is on the line due to the loan shark.
He ends up going home to his wife and family. They consist of his wife Ellen, College daughter Abigail, and extremely ill son Aiden. Once home his wife wants to have him find the Lord, who has helped her so much. She also knows he has talent and asks him to help he
Clockstein Lockstein
Feb 21, 2012 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry is an indescribable story of a father forced to make an agonizing decision about truth and what is right. Truman Wiley has excelled at being a failure for the last several years. He lost his position as a network newsman, abandoned the family he had only been minimally attached to, and gambled himself not only into bankruptcy but also into the debt of a dangerous loan shark. His life has little purpose left when he is given an unusual offer. Terrell Conley is sche ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
What does a condemned man on death row
and a dying teenager have in common?

One man...

Truman Wiley

Truman Wiley was an award-winning journalist known the world over for his top news stories. Yet, he has a dark side which has shattered his family. His family is in shambles... his daughter Abigail had to drop of out school due to nonpayment, and his son Aiden is dying.

a man with no job, no contact with his family, and no place to live

He receives an offer to write the biography of Terrelle Conley,
Mar 23, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Chris Fabry is a gifted author. His books are not always easy to read because they deal with the issues and struggles of imperfect people; in short, they are authentic books about real life! But they are also compelling books, and I always find myself drawn into the story. Not in the Heart is just such a book. To be honest, Truman Wiley is not a very likable character. Poor choices and a gambling addiction define his life, and circumstances seem like they can't get much worse. Fortunately, God h ...more
WOW! WOW! WOW! This is a fantastic book! I’ve never read Chris Fabry but I’ll have to be seeing if I can find his other books because this book had me captured from the first page. I read this book in just over one day, it was that good. I felt so drawn to the life of Truman, his mistakes, his doubt and the life of his children and his wife. Having to choose between doing the right thing and saving his son’s life, the ending isn’t what you’ll think and it’s a good thing.

One thing the author, Chr
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
What would you do to save the life of your child? For most of us parents, the answer is an easy one. There isn't anything we wouldn't do. However for a man like Truman Wiley that answer has been a struggle. A difficult internal struggle at that. Being married to Ellen and having two children, Aiden and Abigail, he has spent his whole life trying to measure up to what he believes they expect and want from a husband and father. When he comes up short, he turns to his only addiction, gambling. Whet ...more
Jen W.
Feb 21, 2012 Jen W. rated it really liked it
Intriguing! Interesting! Though Provoking! These are the words that come to my mind when describing Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry. This is a book that is so different than others I have read. It is not romance, historical, or even really suspense, I am no sure what genre I would put it in. This is truly an excellent book that left me thinking. The book deals with the death penalty and an inmate who the word thinks is guilty but he know he is innocent but has accepted he is going to die and tru ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
As a journalist Truman Wiley traveled the world reporting on the latest headline, while his home life was falling apart. He was rarely there for his wife and children. Now he is unemployed and is sinking fast in gambling debts, but nothing worries him more than his eighteen year old son Aiden's failing heart. Truman is given the opportunity to write the story of Terrelle Conley a death row inmate who is due to be executed in thirty days who wants to donate his heart to Aiden. As Truman investig ...more
Vera Godley
Feb 01, 2012 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
“I’ve found the only thing I can control is how well I tell the story and follow the truth. . . . The truth will always lead you to a good place.”--Truman Wiley, lead character in "Not In The Heart"

Welcome to the world of a gifted, out-of-work investigative reporter and writer who is estranged from his family that needs him desperately and which he needs desperately. A world of devastating illness, addiction, crime, love, trust, distrust, societal struggles with organ donation, and the world of
Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 20, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it really liked it
Truman is trying to hide away from the world in his cottage by the sea, when a phone call lures him from his retreat and back to the land of hospital bills, a dying son, an estranged wife, and very real threats from dangerous criminals seeking to collect their debt by any means necessary. Truman was once a successful journalist who has lost his job, and his life seems to be falling apart when his wife connects him to a man on death row who wants him to write a book about his life and the police ...more
Jennifer Jensen
Dec 31, 2011 Jennifer Jensen rated it it was amazing
The trouble with my wife began when she needed Jesus and I needed a cat. That is the first line of this story, and once you read it, you cannot help but fall in. The book is compelling and good, and the whole time you are reading it, you pretty much know what the outcome has to be – but you are rooting for there to be a twist somewhere that makes it not so painful to finish.

Truman Wiley is the main character, and as a journalist whose life has imploded, he has few options for doing anything wort
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