Jake and Marlee's marriage is over! Driving to the lawyer's office, they start to argue---and slam into a snowbank. Marlee trudges to a nearby house, where an old man claims he can mend broken relationships. He takes her on a journey through the past, present---and two futures---with her lifelong love. Which will she choose? 144 pages, hardcover from Moody.
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Review 1 for A Marriage Carol
Date:January 24, 2013
It was a very cute story. In the same line as the Christmas Carol. I loved it!!
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Review 2 for A Marriage Carol
Date:January 6, 2013
If you are looking for light reading that will warm your heart, then you will enjoy this story. It reminds me that: With God, all things are possible.
The book was cleverly written in the tune of a Christmas Carol. Instead of 3 Ghosts Marlee who is a woman is given 3 visions of her past, present and future by 3 pans of melting snow. It is a book of relationships, and how if we have hope we should fight for our marriage. The book is a quick read and very inspirational. I truly recommend this book to all those who are having trouble in your marriage or relationship. It will inspire you and it will show you we are in control on the path that we choose.
My husband an I were in same circumstances 15 years ago...failed marriage. Yet, God in His infinite wisdom and grace, gave us a second chance with changed hearts. We chose to stop blame and each of us made small choices to fight for our marriage. We have recently celebrated 27 years together! Our love is stronger, our faith, family and committment is deeply stronger. Just as this book beautifully explained, choices, small ones, and the miracles God provides, produces a love in marriage that is eternal, a gift, powerful and deeply satisfying. I urge others to read this book... Take it to heart. The biblical truths will change marriages one small choice at a time. We deeply related to this book and our prayer is for struggling maried couples to have this supernaturally revealed to both parties. Watch and see ......God never fails, his word and truth never fails...... God bless the broken marriages with this books counsel. Must read!
I think this was a sweet story, based along the idea of A Christmas Carol where the main character is given a chance to look at her life, seeing the past, present and future if things continue the way they are. Being based on marriage, the authors have tried to create a cute story that will encourage readers to take a look at their marriage, particularly one that is shaky and see what the cause of the problem is and determine whether it is really worth it to opt out of a marriage if it is at all possible to reconcile the marriage. Being a strong believer in keeping a marriage together, I enjoyed this book and hope that it will in fact get readers to think about their own marriage and begin to see the best in one another.
This story is an homage to the Dickens story, with some very intriguing twists. Marlee and Jacob are on their way to finalize their divorce when they are in a very bad car accident. From there, the story becomes a fascinating tale of recapturing what could be lost forever. I have been married for over 22 years. I love my husband very much, but we have gone through periods of strife, periods of ambivalence, and periods of incredible intimacy and affection. Each has proved to demonstrate the incredible challenge it is to build a life with another person, a person who may or may not have your best interests in mind as they move through life. To be fair, I haven’t always thought about him first, and there are more than a few scars in our marriage that were my doing as well as his. That is one of the reasons why this book struck a chord with me. My husband and I are far from the place that Marlee and Jacob are in the story, but there are always days and moments when the choices one of us makes draws us either closer to each other or pushes us away from each other. There are so many ways a life can go, and when you are doing everything you can to move through it in step with another person, it is challenging to be certain that you are always moving in sync. Thus, I recommend this book to any married couple, regardless of the length of the marriage, as either a confirmation of the things that are being done well or a reminder of the rewards of a faithful marriage. There is a line in the book that captured my attention, and it speaks to any married couple: There is no barren place on earth that love cannot grow a garden. Not even your heart. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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Review 9 for A Marriage Carol
Date:February 19, 2012
Excellent book. I'm standing for my marriage, and it gave me a new way to pray for my husband. A great book for anyone standing for their marriage.
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 and forgiveness and of not giving up. It packs a powerful message without being preachy, serving to entertain while providing inspiration at the same time. Readers who have read Dickon's Christmas Carol will recognize elements of the plot, set in a modern setting and given new twists. The story is short and easy-to-read, and overall is well-written. Perhaps because of the brief nature of the book, I didn't connect with the characters as deeply as I might have. However, it is definitely a worthwhile, solid read, full of important truths. The quote that stands out most to me is "It's not about trying harder...It's allowing God to do something you can't. That's what it's always been about". Those are comforting words indeed!
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and especially encourage married readers to read this book to be reminded of all that is good in your relationship and to celebrate the power of true love, forgiveness and hope.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Review 11 for A Marriage Carol
This book has suspense.
Date:January 10, 2012
After the accident, I actually thought Marlee was having a real experience. Then, I woke up as Marlee did and rejoiced with the ending.
I have long been impressed with Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. I first read it when my own marriage was going through struggles - and it contributed to the healing that my wife and I experienced 20 years ago. Earlier this year I was privileged to read an Advanced Copy of Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett. Bennett’s book was a retelling of the original story. The Marriage Carol may best be described as a parallel narrative.
Jacob and Marlee’s marriage was at an end. They both knew it. They had not yet told the kids, but today was to be the end. They were due at the lawyer’s office to sign the papers for a no-fault divorce. It was time, but the weather would not cooperate. To save time they take a shortcut that leads to the accident.
In the hours that follow as Marlee finds help and looks for her husband, she is also faced with her own life - her life as it was, her life as it is, and her life as it might be. It was a long night - a night that did not end the way she had expected. On the other hand … well, you will need to read the book to find out about that other hand.
As Marlee writes, in the first person, “... it is a dangerous thing to have your eyes opened. It is dangerous to see. It is dangerous to love … There is no barren place on earth that love cannot grow a garden. Not even your heart.”
The Marriage Carol may be written as fiction, but it is not fiction. It is my story, it is my wife’s story. But not ours alone - it is many stories of people who have found themselves hurt, lost, and confused. And, just as my wife and I discovered, it is a story that offers hope. It was hope that Dickens offered in 1843 when he wrote the original; it still offers hope for us today.
This review is based a free electronic copy of the book supplied by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
A Marriage Carol is a very quick Christmas story, loosely based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. After a car accident in a snowstorm, Marlee takes refuge at a marriage retreat center. There, she learns that every choice she makes, big or small, impacts her marriage, moving her toward her husband, or away from him. She is allowed to see the past, present, and future of her marriage to Jacob, and then she must decide: fight for her marriage, or divorce?
With thanks to Moody Publishers via NetGalley for my review copy.
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 cellphone reception she set off towards the light on the hillside.
She arrived at the house greeted by a kind, old man named Jay. He invited her in and got her warmed by the fire. She told Jay about her marriage and soon to be divorce. He said he had hope for her marriage. She discovered Jay and his wife offered marriage retreats at their house.
She was intrigued by three golden pots sitting by the fireplace. Jay told her the pots help the hopeless by giving a marriage a future, instead of being caught up in the past and the present. Jay told her that as long as she felt there was hope for her marriage, she could use the pots. Marlee decide that there was hope and through the pots saw the past, present,and future of her marriage.
She saw many things. She saw her honeymoon - the past, she saw her kids when they are older - the future. She also saw her husband laying in the snow - the present. Jay recognized the surroundings and went out to find him. Marlee ventured upstairs to find Jay's wife.She wanted to ask to use their other vehicle because Jay had not returned. The elderly lady was in poor health. As Marlee spoke with her, she realized that she actually knew Jay and his wife.
Marlee headed out to find Jake and Jay. The snow storm was so bad that she didn't see the yellow flasher's of the overturned car in front of her, the one with Jay and Jake in it. Her family's faces flashed before her as she said a prayer and unwillingly plowed into the car.
She awoke and saw her children next to her. She discovered she was in the hospital because she was in a car accident. The kids soon left the room and she and Jake were alone. He only suffered minor injuries but he thought she might die until she had recently awoken. They both were relieved that the other was okay.
Marlee told Jake the story of meeting Jay. Jake told her she never left the car, except when the paramedics took her on a stretcher. They discussed their marriage and their divorce put on hold by the accident. Jake and Marlee both came to the same conclusion about their marriage and decided go forth with it.
I didn't care for this book. It is written in the first person, which I don't like. The whole concept of the three golden pots was weird to me - I get that they were like the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. I did like how it showed that a person's choices not only affect themselves, but those around them. It also reminded the reader that there are people praying for us and we don't know it, or may never know it. The best thing that it showed the reader is that a marriage needs both sides working on it and not blaming the other person for their problems.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
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 and perhaps another chance. Despair, hope, devastation they all surface in one unexplainable night.
This story, vividly written and emotionally engaging, will reach the tender places in your heart. It will linger in your thoughts, influence your choices, and offers valuable lessons for each of us.
On the Anniversary of their marriage, 20 years ago, Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer [Love the twist on names] are heading out to a Divorce Lawyer. Marlee mentions what she thinks about a lawyer being open on Christmas Eve..."must be divorced?" Jacob decides to head down a faster road, and Marlee states the obvious...I "told you so" as they go slipping and sliding. When Marlee awakes she can't find Jacob and goes toward a house with a light. How appropriate that the house is a former "Funeral Home" and now a "Marriage Retreat"! Excellent!!! There is a strong message of following God and not going blindly into the World. That grass always looks greener on the other side. Oh how very true!! What a delightful twist on Dickens Christmas Carol!! You won't be able to put this one down until it is finished! It is a very fast, but excellent read. Don't let the size of this one put you off, you won't regret it!
I received this book from Netgalley and Moody Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
There is lots of emotion in this book. It will take you on a ride. It will make you feel sorry for the couple. But you will be asking your self "why" or "what could they have done differently". It will also have you evaluating your own marriage or how you act in your own marriage.
So this book is entertaining, but you can't get through it with no emotions stirring.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Don’t be put off by this book’s size. It is little but proof that good things do come in small packages! With over 50% of marriages ending in divorce today, this book should be read by all those who are married and those planning to marry. After 20 years of marriage, Jake and Marlee Ebenezer have decided they are done. Without even telling their children their plans, they take off on Christmas Eve to meet a lawyer and sign the papers to end their marriage. Hazardous driving conditions from a snow storm causes Jake to lose control of the car, and they have an accident. When Marlee regains conscienceless she is alone in the car. Presuming Jake has set off in search of help, she decides to find him. In the process she finds a warm cozy house and is invited to stay. The owner is an elderly man named Jake. As the story unfolds and in some very surprising and unanticipated ways as he helps Marlee find the truth. I found this not only to be a wonderful Christmas story but also a very inspirational one concerning marriage. Too many people give up too quickly on their marriages and choose divorce. They never know what wonderful blessings they might have experienced if they had only weathered the storms and worked on their relationship. Caught up in the moment few consider the far reaching consequences their choices will have not only on them but their children. The authors did a wonderful job in capturing the damaging thinking and attitudes couples in conflict that blinds them to seeing what the real answer is. This little book sends a powerful message. I found, A Marriage Carol, quick to read, thought provoking, and filled with surprises! I received this book free Moody Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
A Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. It really doesn’t matter to me if it’s the original version by Charles Dickens or the cartoon Mickey Mouse version or the more up-to-date version with Jim Carey. I just love the story. There is something about looking carefully at the past and the present, then looking toward the future, and taking note of what path you’re on. But also the redemption of the “Scrooge” character . . . none of us are lost causes.
I was thrilled at the chance to read A Marriage Carol by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry. The authors focus their version of A Christmas Carol on a couple who is on the brink of divorce. Literally on their way to the divorce attorney’s office. Neither has committed a major offense. Instead, they have suffered a series of minor offenses, miscommunications, gradual disinterest, and basically have ended up living separate lives even though they are married. When they are involved in a car accident on the way to the attorney’s office, Marlee finds her way to a house at the top of the hill, which just happens to be a marriage retreat center. The couple who run the center take her on a trip through time to see what her marriage has actually been like.
While the idea of looking back and looking forward is not new, Chapman and Fabry do a great job of applying a classic story to a modern-day marriage relationship. Practical relationship helps are intertwined through the story. However, the story is not at all preachy. Rather, through Marlee's thoughts and her conversation with the couple at the retreat center, these truths seem to naturally flow through the story.
A short book, at only 128 pages, I quickly read this in one sitting. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys a wonderful Christmas story as well as for anyone looking for hope for their marriage.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers and Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
A Marriage Carol Chris Fabry, Gary D. Chapman This is a story about a couple on their way to sign divorce papers. It was snowing heavily and due to an accident they do not make it. They are barely talking before the accident. Than Marlee, the wife, has a life altering experience at a home that is used as a marriage retreat by the elderly couple that lives there with their dog. Through out the story the problems and the actions of the couple in their life and family are realistic and it is easy to see how a couple falls into these patterns and resentments. It is with care, wit and warmth that the elderly couple have an influence on Marlee. Because the reality one person can make a difference in the marriage, whether it is the offended party or the offender. There are always exceptions to this, however given time and effort marriage is worth fighting for.