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Sinfonie Des Himmels (2013)

by Chris Fabry(Favorite Author)
3.94 of 5 Votes: 1
Gerth Medien
review 1: What an amazing book...now I need to find the next one by Chris Fabry, which is June Bug. Almost Heaven is about bluegrass music, good vs evil, and wonderful alternating chapters by the angel who has been given charge over Billy, the owner of a radio station. It was based on a verse in Hebrews: "Therefore, angels are only servants--spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation - Hebrews 1:14." One of my favorite quotes from a chapter by the guardian angel was on p. 365: "Oh, the beauty of this God who not only fashions the world and makes humans in His own image, but also can take the ashes of their lives and turn them into love. I praise both now and forevermore a God who takes delight in the praise of the least of these and who uses brokenness so that others... more may see true wholeness. I will forever b mystified by the love of God for sinful creatures that takes them from bondage to freedom and asks nothing more than for them to become sons and daughters of the true King." Powerful!
review 2: I'd give this book 4 and one half stars if halves were possible in reviews. Billy Allman is the sort of hero we should see more of in novels - plain on the surface, the sort of man many may even find mildly repellent. That is what makes the glimpses into his past and present so powerful. If the author's aim is partly to encourage readers to regard all potential 'Billys' in their lives as people with dignity, noble inner lives and deep wisdom to impart, I think he's succeeded.One of my favourite characters was Billy's counselor. The man's name was not even mentioned, which is probably appropriate as it enhances one of the main themes, that true heroes who make incredible positive differences in the lives of others are often those behind the scenes who are faithful and effective but unacknowledged by the world at large.Mr Fabry's writing style often brought tears to my eyes and I found myself wanting to record several wise and beautiful quotes to ponder later. These, in my opinion, are two marks of an excellent novel. Now, the reason why I wouldn't give it five stars is to do with the angelic protection aspect. Although Billy had Malachi faithfully watching over him, poor Callie didn't seem to have a celestial guardian too. She was only protected by Malachi by default, because his own charge, Billy, cared deeply for her. As she was such a sweet and caring person, that did disturb me. I hate to think of people like her being angel-less. less
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good enough to make you pause for a while and think if the character (Malachi) is watching you.. 4.9
Interesting story.
Loved this story!
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