Monday, January 5, 2015

The Song by Chris Fabry

Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until he meets Rose.

As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.

Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be.

Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?

My review:
   I rarely read and review books that are purely romance with no suspense or other type of plot. I had seen the trailer for the movie this book is based on and thought it looked really good, so I decided to try reading and reviewing what sounded to me like a romance book, but it is far more than that.

  The book and movie are based on the life of King Solomon, and pulls a lot from the Song of Solomon and the book of Ecclesiastes. Even if I had not known that it was based on Solomon's life, I think it would be obvious enough. It is a modern retelling of the story. Obviously Solomon was not a country singer.

  This is a story of love found, love lost, and love regained with forgiveness. It is the story of a man who has it all, then loses what is most important and hits the bottom hard. I could see it coming, and was hoping it wouldn't happen, but it did. And it made for an awesome story. It is very well written, and I loved the characters and character development. Even though love and romance were at the center of the story, they were not overdone, nor was any times when it was obvious there was sex that it was graphic in any way.

  The morals and lesson of the story are great and yet not overstated. All is vanity without God at the center of our lives. He is all that matters. Temptation will come, but there is a way of escape, and if we fall, there is always forgiveness.

 This book is much more than a romantic novel. And I enjoyed every page and had a hard time putting it down. I did read it in one day, with some interruptions, but couldn't wait to get back to the book each time I had to lay it down. I highly recommend it.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was all of the talk of wine and all of the  wine drinking in the book, but that is coming from a guy who doesn't drink. 

About the author:

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 a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.
Chris's novels, which include DogwoodJune BugAlmost Heaven, and Not in the Heart, have won two Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more. He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and the Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR. Visit his Web site at

The Song is available from Tyndale Publishing.

Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy.

The Song is based on the motion picture screenplay written by Richard L Ramsey.

Check out the trailer for the movie, The Song: