Saturday, November 6, 2010

Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry was a very good read. To be honest, I did not think I would like this book because, well, the thought of an angel coming to observe Billy and his life was just a bit weird to me. I don’t like fiction books that are too “religious”. But this book was very good, and I could not put it down. I’d finish a chapter and then just have to read the next chapter! I loved the unexpected turns the book took. And I fell in love with the hillbilly people in this book. A very good read and I would recommend it to anyone, whether you are a Christian or not.

About The Book: Billy Allman is a hillbilly genius. People in Dogwood, West Virginia, say he was born with a second helping of brains and a gift for playing the mandolin but was cut short on social skills. Though he’d gladly give you the shirt off his back, they were right. Billy longs to use his life as an ode to God, a lyrical, beautiful bluegrass song played with a finely tuned heart. So with spare parts from a lifetime of collecting, he builds a radio station in his own home. People in town laugh. But Billy carries a brutal secret that keeps him from significance and purpose. Things always seem to go wrong for him. However small his life seems, from a different perspective Billy’s song reaches far beyond the hills and hollers he calls home. Malachi is an angel sent to observe Billy. Though it is not his dream assignment, Malachi follows the man and begins to see the bigger picture of how each painful step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful symphony that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.

About The Author: I was born in West Virginia in 1961 and grew up in a small town much like Dogwood. I was affected by my parents, my older brothers, the hills, and books. I was never a very fast reader, but the things I read really helped change me. Particularly novels. I vowed I would write if I ever got the chance. I graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. I have been married to Andrea since 1982. We have nine children and are not Mormon or Catholic. Just prolific Protestants. In October of 2008, our family evacuated our house in Colorado, leaving behind all our belongings because of a toxic mold exposure. Since then we have been living near Tucson, AZ in order to get medical help for the mold exposure. Stop by my website at to learn more about my writing and radio endeavors, and be sure to sign up for my e-newsletter, the FABRYGRAM. I can also be found on Facebook, or you can e-mail me at

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Received this book from Tyndale for review.


  1. So how do you read so much? Hehe. I love to read too and bring books all ova, but I still dont read as much as you. I'm so freaking jealous. seriously....

  2. I just love to read. I read in the bathtub for an hour at a time (Mama time!) and I read about 2 hours in bed before I go to sleep at night.


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