Almost Heaven
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Almost Heaven

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by Chris Fabry
     
 

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“I suppose you can sum up a man’s life with a few words, but I need to put this story down to fill in the missing pieces. Or perhaps I can convince the people who know me as a hermit that there was some reason for it all. But this is not really for those outside looking in. This is for me.”
Some people say Billy Allman has a heart of

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“I suppose you can sum up a man’s life with a few words, but I need to put this story down to fill in the missing pieces. Or perhaps I can convince the people who know me as a hermit that there was some reason for it all. But this is not really for those outside looking in. This is for me.”
Some people say Billy Allman has a heart of gold. Others say he’s a bit odd. The truth is, they’re all right. He’s a hillbilly genius—a collector, a radio whiz—and he can make the mandolin sing. Though he dreams of making an impact on the world beyond the hills and hollers of Dogwood, West Virginia, things just always seem to go wrong.
But however insignificant Billy’s life seems, it has not gone unnoticed. Malachi is an angel sent to observe and protect Billy. Though it’s not his dream assignment, Malachi always follows orders. And as Billy’s story unfolds, Malachi slowly begins to see the bigger picture—that each step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful song that will forever change the lives of those who hear it. Tyndale House Publishers

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Publishers Weekly
Fabry (Dogwood; June Bug), who writes for children and adults, will certainly delight his ever enlarging fan base with this mesmerizing tale about a man whose gifts are clear to anyone interested in seeing past his obvious outer limitations. Billy Allman, gifted intellectually and especially skilled at playing the mandolin, lives his life as an offering to his divine creator. Billy epitomizes humility as he quietly works to build his own radio station with limited resources and against tremendous spiritual opposition. Day by day, year after year, Billy stays the course despite significant losses that follow him through life. Fabry’s story will surprise readers in the best possible way; plot twists unfold and unexpected character transformations occur throughout this tender story of a single gentle soul who chooses to live by faith despite hardship, failure, and disappointment. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Meet Billy Allman. He is supersmart, but he's also socially inept. He longs to honor God and does so through his music. His gift for playing bluegrass on the mandolin is legendary in Dogwood, VA, but Billy wants to do more—like building a Christian radio station in his home. The locals think he's gone over the edge, but his station has earned him fans beyond his hometown, including Malachi, an angel sent to observe Billy. VERDICT Evangelical author Fabry has over 60 books to his name, including collaborations with Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins on the "Left Behind: The Kids" series. Dogwood, the first book in this series, received the Christy Award in 2009. Fans of that title will eagerly await this latest entry, which does not disappoint. Recommend also for readers who enjoy character-driven stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414319575
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
586,430
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.93(d)

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