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A Marriage Carol

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A Marriage Carol
Author Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
Narrator Chris Fabry
Runtime 2.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Jake and Marlee, a typical couple, are about to call it quits. Over time they have drifted apart; the sparks are dead. Marlee is convinced she married the wrong man and Jake feels tied down to the wrong woman. Jake is distant and tired of being controlled while Marlee is tired of being the only one trying to the save their marriage. They go to bed Christmas Eve, in separate rooms, each rationalizing...life is too short to be miserable...love shouldn't hurt like this...their marriage must end for happiness to return. But their lives are about to take a turn. The ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Present, and Marriage Future reveal to Jake and Marlee how past choices, present realities, and their potential future might look if they do not change their "stories". Jake and Marlee experience a Christmas gift that will radically change their thinking and cause them to look at marriage not for what they can get out of it but for what God can do in and through their marriage.

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Jake and Marlee, a typical couple, are about to call it quits. Over time they have drifted apart; the sparks are dead. Marlee is convinced she married the wrong man and Jake feels tied down to the wrong woman. Jake is distant and tired of being controlled while Marlee is tired of being the only one trying to the save their marriage. They go to bed Christmas Eve, in separate rooms, each rationalizing...life is too short to be miserable...love shouldn't hurt like this...their marriage must end for happiness to return. But their lives are about to take a turn.

The ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Present, and Marriage Future reveal to Jake and Marlee how past choices, present realities, and their potential future might look if they do not change their "stories". Jake and Marlee experience a Christmas gift that will radically change their thinking and cause them to look at marriage not for what they can get out of it but for what God can do in and through their marriage.

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A Marriage Carol
Sorry, less than memorable.
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Review by / (Posted on 4/3/2013)
Predictable Christmas Carol Story
This story follows closely the very predictable story line of The Christmas Carol. While this story happened to be read by the actual author/co-author it really didn't flow smoothly. It sounded like the person was reading it for the first time when he actually should have been very familiar with the story. Emphasis was placed or not placed at different times in areas it didn't belong, which made the story just not flow. However, it is a simple, short, and quick read which is nice to have sometimes.

I personally didn't care for this story. The three "events" the woman goes through are very similar to what Scrooge would go through, but the way in which they are brought to life is very odd especially for a Christian story. *Spoil Alert* I was not fond of the past, present, and future appearing from the steam of melting snow over a fire in a pot. It took away from the story I felt, and really added a degrading factor to the story. The story had several oddities: 1) the people she speaks to are herself and her husband in their future ripe old ages. 2) The story seems to abruptly end with it all being a dream and her waking up in the hospital. Because of this the story felt thrown together and strained. I thought there could have been more development to the story and especially to the end.

It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't a great one either. I was hoping for some real life applications to come from this book, but the story just presented the difficulty their marriage was going through, being on the verge of divorce and then miraculously recovering with both husband and wife singing praises of each other. But we have no idea what either one of them saw in each other that brought them around to loving each other again. You would not want to get this book based on similarities to your life in hopes of finding answers to bring you back from the verge of your divorce. There just aren't any answers or biblical references presented anywhere within this story.

If you like The Christmas Carol and would like to hear an alternative version, then this book is for you! You just might enjoy it!

I was provided this download for free in exchange for my honest review. Hopefully I have achieved a good review to help others decide for themselves if they would like to listen to this book for themselves. Thank you christianaudio.com for the opportunity.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/22/2011)
I didn't like it
This book is a modern marriage based adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Just before Jake and Marlee call it quits on their marriage Marlee is given the opportunity to see the what-ifs of the three "ghosts" of Christmas.

Without going into much detail, I didn't like this book. I like the premise and I thought the message was good but I just didn't find it entertaining. I don't mean to be nit-picking but if I am going to listen to fiction, it needs to be entertaining. Honestly, I think it might work as a movie. Its a short story so nothing would need to be cut. Good emotional acting could make it easier to relate to the characters.

The Positive:
The quality of the recording was excellent and the narration was very good.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/26/2011)
EXCELLENT! Wonderful story
I received the audio version from christianaudio.com of a book called A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman. It is a wonderful story, and I'm very excited to share it with you.

On Christmas Eve Jake and Marlee Ebenezer are driving in a snow storm to sign divorce papers after 20 years of marriage. On the drive they have an accident due to the terrible storm. Marlee goes looking for her husband and ends up at the home of an elderly man named Jay. Marlee experiences the ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Present, and Marriage Future (like from Dickens' A Christmas Carol). She learns some valuable lessons from the older gentleman, his wife, and the snow.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and highly recommend it to you. It will really make you think about the choices you make in marriage as well as in life in general. As I was listening I thought how valuable it would be if couples considering divorce would have an opportunity like Marlee had to remember and see the impact their choice will have. I think it is a good book for anyone because of the insight it provides on life, how our choices matter and the importance of remembering the past.

This audio version is read by one of the authors, Chris Fabry. He did a great job narrating the story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review by / (Posted on 9/14/2011)
A beautiful, touching story of hope for "dead" marriages
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, but returns empty-handed. As the story progresses, Jay explains that he and his wife help people with dying marriages to find their love again and he proceeds to show Marlee their most unusual process. Jay reminds Marlee what is important in life, but is it too late to save her marriage – and her husband’s life?

In this take-off of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, authors Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman use the classic Christmas tale to show those facing marital problems that they need to make a radical change in how they think about their marriage: it’s not what they can get out of their marriage but what God can do with the marriage that truly matters.

This is a beautiful and touching story with a very clear, biblical message. The story is well-told and the characters are very well-developed. I recommend this as a great inspirational Christmas story, but it is certainly much more than that: a parable with very real truth for those questioning whether it’s worth continuing to invest in their marriages.

The audiobook is read by co-author Chris Fabry, who did an excellent job. As always with christianaudio’s audiobooks, the production quality is exceptional.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review by / (Posted on 9/11/2011)