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Not in the Heart

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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 February 1st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 20th 2012)
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Laurie Armstrong
Oct 17, 2013 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 16, 2013 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
Nov 16, 2011 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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Nov 21, 2011 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
Jul 17, 2012 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
Jul 30, 2013 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
Aug 15, 2012 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
Oct 19, 2012 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
Abbie Riddle
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Stacy M. Patton
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
WOW!! One amazing story, one amazing storyteller! I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend this version as the author reads the book and he does a superb job!! This is my second book by Chris Fabry (The Promise Of Jessie Woods being my first and that book also got a five stars from me!). I would give this book more then five stars if I could!! Read this book! Life changing and wonderful. You won't be able to put it down!!
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A reporter turned compulsive gambler, a man on death row, a young boy needing a heart transplant. These are just a few of the characters in this compelling story.
Truman is given the chance to 'get' his son a heart. By writing the story of an inmate on death row, the story of Terrelle Conley, who claims he is innocent. This is the last thing he wanted to do, but because he's already gambled everything else away, this is his only chance.
This story is well-written, and full of twists and turns, tha
Beth Daghfal
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That’s it. After three Chris Fabry’s books, he’s my current fav. This was a great story... and with an audible gasp ending. Wonderful! Keep it up, Chris. You weave a fabulous tale and your characters are SO well developed!
Bobbi Convery
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book on a whim, and am glad I did. It was a bit rough for me at times, as the protaganist's daughter puts herself in danger, and he is very self absorbed. The story had a lot of good twists, and the ending - touched me in the heart!
A Busscher
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well written. It was nice to see a change of couples that didn't give up on their marriage. They had a rough but Ellen still fought to keep it. I was kind of shocked at the ending, was not expecting it to end the way that it did.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I ended up really liking this book. I didn't like the main character for a while, but it had a good ending.
Linda Aldridge
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was the first book of Chris Fabry's that I have read and I look forward to reading more by this author. This was a very moving story, sad in places but full of hope. I enjoyed it!
Donna Hesselbaum
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tale of a former TV reporter with a gambling problem whose son needs a heart transplant and a convict who is willing to give it to him. Lots of twists and turns.
Dec 24, 2013 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
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
Karen Collier
Nov 20, 2013 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 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!! Kept me interested from the beginning. The ending was a shock and it really made me think!
Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 20, 2012 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
Vera Godley
Feb 01, 2012 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
Christy Lockstein
Feb 21, 2012 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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christy
A sarcastic voice that grabs you from page one. No chance Fabry will sound churchy with this guy who is disgusted by his wife’s Christianity. Sparks fly when he meets the wife of the guy on death row whose side of the story he is being hired to write. But I want to shake this guy for his stupidity getting involved with gambling and loan sharks. His wife is lucky he left. I enjoyed the audio (read by the author) very much although I was irritated a couple times by dumb-blonde-goes-into-the-baseme ...more
Lisa Johnson
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Not in the Heart
Author: Chris Fabry (
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
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?
Feb 14, 2012 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
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Not In the Heart by Chris Fabry, Truman Wiley was once a promising reporter. However, downsizing cost him his job and a gambling addiction has resulted in estrangement from his family, the loss of his home, and some shady characters coming after him for a debt he owes. On top of everything else, his son is in the hospital and needs a new heart.

But an unexpected opportunity arises: a death row inmate wants him to write his story before his execution. The inmate’s wife is in the same Bible stud
Mar 03, 2012 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
Nov 05, 2011 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,
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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 t ...more
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