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2013 Christy Award winner!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, the situation seems hopeless . . . un ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Laurie Armstrong
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
Ron
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
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Marianne
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
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Christy
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
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John
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)
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
Kate
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
Suzanne
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
Krista
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
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Carol
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
Clarissa
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
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Karen Collier
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
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Melanie
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
Kate
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
Linda
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
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Maureen Timerman
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
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Clockstein Lockstein
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
Ellen
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,
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Linda
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
Sarah
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
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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.
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
Brenda
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
“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
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Christian Fiction Addiction
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
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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Abbie Riddle
This is one of those books that you pick up thinking you will get a heart warming story all neatly tied up. However, this story is one that resonates in the human spirit in such a way that it is sure to make a deep impact on you - leaving you contemplating the redemptive love of Christ.

Truman Wiley is a conflicted, sarcastic, deeply troubled man that is plagued with an addictive past that has held him bondage and has ultimately led to the loss of things he once held dear. This hard-nosed reporte
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Casey
Some novels have a voice that feels as though they are speaking directly to you. Not so much because you have experienced what the characters are going through, but because the wordsmithing pulls you into the story until you can’t help but feel the book is aimed at you.

Truman has a first person voice in “Not in the Heart” that is witty, dry, honest, sometimes condescending and desperate. Some of the things he said had me snorting in humor, but most had me drawn to this man who couldn’t seem to c
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Lisa Johnson
Title: Not in the Heart
Author: Chris Fabry (www.chrisfabry.com)
Pages: 432
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Inc.
Year: 2012
Note: I received a complimentary copy from B & B Media Group, Inc. Other reviews can be read at
http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo....
What options are there for one with overwhelming gambling debts, a failing marriage, and a distant relationship with your kids? What if you wanted to hide yet had this feeling that not only were you being followed, but threatened too?
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Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Truman Wiley is a man at the end of his rope. He has no job, he's lost his home, his car, his marriage is falling apart, if all of that isn't bad enough his son, Aiden is dying from an heart ailment and is in desperate need of a heart transplant.
His wife, Ellen throws him a life line when she comes to him and tells him that Oleta the wife of Terrance Conley who is a death row inmate wants him to write a book about his life, his execution is forth coming and he wants to give their son his heart.
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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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