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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 theyre traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyers office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the m ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by eChristian (first published August 19th 2011)
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Janga
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
Kate
Dec 04, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-netgalley
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
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Twist
This is a short retelling of A Christmas Carol, Christian style. Marlee Ebaneezer and her husband Jacob are on there way to sign divorce papers on Christmas eve. Something happens, and Marlee gets a chance to see the past, the current and the future.

Very well told story. I didn't really pay attention to the blurb, so it wasn't until I read her last name that I realized what was going on.

This book makes you think about how one choice can change everything. If you have no hope for yourself, mayb
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Nancee
Sep 16, 2013 Nancee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancee by: quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net
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
Whitney
Sep 26, 2011 Whitney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Karen
Nov 30, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"
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Trinity Rose
Sep 22, 2011 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alisa
Jan 05, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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
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Diane  Holm
Nov 30, 2011 Diane Holm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kate Brown
Nov 24, 2012 Kate Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aneta
Aug 24, 2013 Aneta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aliciabang
Jul 21, 2017 Aliciabang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick short read but jammed back with great reminders!!
Gwynn
Jun 25, 2017 Gwynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes you think about how you react in your marriage. Good advice.
Patty Hearts Dave
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
Kara
Dec 26, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman
Review by Kara Grant

Jacob and Marley Ebenezer have been married for twenty years and they are both done with the marriage. They have decided they would be better off and that their three kids would be better off if they end the marriage and find happiness apart from each other. The story begins with them driving to the lawyer’s office to sign the divorce papers on Christmas Eve, which also happens to be their anniversary. However, Jacob decides to
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Cheryl Olson
Jul 14, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
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
Jennifer
Dec 18, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
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
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Here's a beautiful twist on the classic story of The Christmas Carol that offers hope to any relationship but essentially one of a troubled marriage.

Marlee and Jacob are spending their 20 year anniversary together only not the way most would expected a married couple to. Jacob and Marlee are headed to a lawyer's office to sign the divorce papers. Only they are headed out on a snowy evening leaving behind their three children in the care of their oldest Becca. Worried on what they should tell the
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Deborah
Aug 12, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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, and 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, fallin ...more
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
Nate LaClaire
Sep 14, 2011 Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Weaver
Dec 13, 2012 Donna Weaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT:
On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christ
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Angie
Nov 20, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cafelilybookreviews
"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



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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
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Jodie
Sep 04, 2011 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, net-galley
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
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Jennifer
Dec 14, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
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
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Natalie
Jul 21, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer have given up on their marriage, and on the day of Christmas Eve they brave snowy weather to drive to a lawyer's office to sign their divorce papers. On their way, Jacob decides to take a shortcut over a hill to try to avoid congested traffic. His decision ends up changing their lives forever as a car accident leads to Marlee being given the chance to examine the past, present, and future of their relationship.

A Marriage Carol is a story of hope, of the power of love an
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Anita Brands
Nov 19, 2013 Anita Brands rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marlee and Jacob have had it with their marriage. The final paperwork for the end of their marriage will be signed on Christmas Eve and while driving to that destination in the middle of a freak Christmas Eve blizzard, an accident leads to Marlee’s journey.
This delightful spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol takes the reader on a journey though Marlee’s past, present and possible futures. We see how love starts, how it can grow (both together and apart) and how the choices we make pile up
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Casey
Sep 30, 2011 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle
It’s a quaint novella, even for this reader, being a bit “thick” in catching onto the similarities to Dicken’s infamous Christmas carol (I know, pathetic). But never fear, most readers will not have this problem and it didn’t make me enjoy this story any less.

Some of the similarities between that old tale and this new one in “A Marriage Carol” are pretty funny: “Jacob and Marlee Ebeneezer”, but thankfully the dog was not named Scrooge. (wink)

All joking aside, I found this novella a quick read,
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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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