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An Open Heart: A Novel
     

An Open Heart: A Novel

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by Harry Kraus
 

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Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at

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Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him. It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life.
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Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Harry resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of their three sons.

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Cardiologist Jace Rawlings has traveled to Kenya to help the poor. As patients lie on his operating table, he literally holds their life in his hands. When they awaken, they tell him what they have seen on the other side and that he will be responsible for the deaths around him. Soon, more than his career is at risk. VERDICT Kraus's (A Heartbeat Away) tension-filled and fast-paced medical thriller is sure to appeal to fans of Jordyn Redwood and Richard L. Mabry.
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“A page-turning combination of loss and redemption, along with a glimpse into the spiritual realm that shouldn’t be ignored.”
— Lisa Harris, author of the Christy Award finalist Blood Ransom

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ISBN-13:
9781434706041
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
06/01/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
309,817
File size:
6 MB

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Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Harry resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of their three sons.

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An Open Heart: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for medical suspense enthusiasts, or those who enjoy Christian suspense, in general. Although Dr. Jace Rawlings comes from a family of missionaries, as does his wife, he has struggled with idea of faith and Christianity since before his sister’s death when they were teenagers. After some unexplained events mar his professional and family reputation here in the US, he basically runs back “home” to Africa where he grew up. Although he uses the excuse of wanting to build a heart surgery program at his dad’s former hospital, he is really following a request he received from his sister during a near-death experience. The story follows his struggles with initiating the heart program despite multiple local and government obstacles, coming to terms with unexplained phenomena as a result of the program, and working things out with his wife. It also follows his internal struggle with his faith. The author does an excellent job of plot development and intermixing conflicts at different levels throughout the story. He also does a good job explaining the medical jargon in simple terms, for those unfamiliar with it. This was a thrilling story, and maintained a good pace throughout to keep the reader interested. I will definitely be looking for more works by this author in the future. Rating: 4 HEAT Rating: none Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
VicG More than 1 year ago
Harry Kraus in his new book, “An Open Heart” published by David C Cook brings us into the life of  Dr. Jace Rawlings. From the back cover:  A Surgeon caught between two worlds Dr. Jace Rawlings’s open-heart surgery patients hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. But the messages they bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him. Jace face a firestorm of controversy and danger. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But the maelstrom of political intrigue and spiritual warfare will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career, even his life. It is not often that you find medical drama, suspense, and spiritual warfare all rolled up in a thrilling adventure.  Dr. Kraus has not only given us all that but he has also given us a page flipping thriller that is ripped from the current medical journals and added in an intense search for a murderer.  The character of Dr. Rawlings is so well written.  He is a man on the run from his own past and he figured he would lose his past in Kenya.  Dr. Kraus explores some very interesting questions about what happens when we die and it will cause a lot of thought and searching.  ”An Open Heart” is a very exciting adventure that kept my attention all the way until the end.  I recommend it highly. If you missed the interview for “The Six-Liter Club”, a different story from Dr. Kraus, and would like to listen to it  and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook.   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.”
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Interesting All the Way Around This book is interesting on so many levels. The descriptions of life in Africa for missionaries and their families, as well as the lives of the Kenyans creates a rich, unusual, unexplored setting. The openness of the Kenyans to the spiritual world provides the necessary spiritual depth to the story. The detailed descriptions of the medical aspects lend an aspect of realism to the story that allows the reader to feel that they are actually following a surgeon in all his activities. The evil officials on both sides of the ocean build the suspense, as Dr. Rawlings struggles to find both him and the truth. This book has interesting characters that make the story come off the page. This is a book for any reader that enjoys a book with enough depth to the story to make you think while keeping you entertained and learning. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isn't often that I read a novel that is so modern and realistic that also incorporates the truth of spiritual warfare. This is well written, interesting, and leaves readers thinking. It also made me want to go back to school for medicine... :)
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This is a great book, I highly recommend it.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Always trying to save the world, aren't you Jace? Well, look where it's gotten you now." If-onlys crowded out hope. If only he'd upgraded to first class, maybe he wouldn't have arrived so sleep deprived, and his reactions would have been quicker. If only he'd let someone else pick him up at the airport instead of agreeing to drive a friend's Land Rover. If only that last goat hadn't tried to cross the road. He slipped his hand into his suit pocket and closed it around a small wad of shillings, the local currency in Kenya. If only he'd been willing to pay the bribe, he could have avoided the whole mess. He should have known that the crowd that gathered around his Land Rover would have sided with the locals. "He was speeding," they had all agreed. Kikuyu mamas with colorful clashing sweaters and headscarves. Barefoot children pushing roasted corn beneath his nose, hoping for a sale. An old man on a donkey cart had rubbed his gray-chin stubble and nodded with apparent wisdom. "Shouldn't race on our roads." Everyone claimed it was Jace's fault. If he had only paid the bribe. If only. In the latest novel from author Harry Kraus, An Open Heart takes the readers into the heart of Africa, right into the Great Rift Valley that separates Africa in two for his suspense thriller. The book opens with Jace Rawlings, a US heart surgeon who is sitting in a Kenyan jail awaiting the outcome of his crime, one that in most eyes would be ruled an accident but only if you were in the US. Only Jace wasn't in the US and now he could only begin to think of a way out of this mess. Only the prime minister of parliament in Nairobi is taking matters into his own hands to free Jake. He has consulted with Mzee Simeon Okayo, a town elder of Kisii who practices traditional witchcraft to assist with this most urgent matter and one that needs to be managed with discretion. Only now it seems that Jace Rawlings has powers that even the local villagers have begun to take notice of beginning with the victim who died at the scene of his accident. Now it seems that what was once dead has now returned to life and now Jace it seems is the new magic man! Just when Jace arrived in Africa to escape his troubles in the US it seems like new ones have found their way to Africa and Jace's running is about to end. I received An Open Heart by Harry Krauss compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C Cook Publishers for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is an interesting look at just what missionaries have to deal with in Africa. Not only the differences in cultures but also in religion. While the character of Jace Rawlings exemplifies the Christian doctor, he has to deal with the local people who still believe in the traditional witchdoctors to deal with virtually everything that happens to them from the crops to the weather. Is there more at work here than meets the eye? You'll have to pick this one up to see what the dead who are brought back to life have to say! I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I've read quite a few of Harry Kraus novels and the experience of being a board-certified surgeon and medical missionary bring a sense of realism to this novel in unremarkable ways.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this medical suspense novel that combines Christianity with witchcraft. It is intense, and I must admit, I now much prefer remaining at home. I'll be content to travel through novels like this one. The author is a board-certified surgeon in East Africa, and he writes about what he knows best. When he includes medical information, the story deepens. I found myself engrossed and easily able to follow along. Discussion Questions included. Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I couldn't read this book fast enough to discover all the mysteries within the story. As the reader you will pick up on things that will make you want to reach into the book and say to the characters, "Put this together. Don't you see the connections?" From the back cover blurb I thought the book would be a bit different, but still it was a great read. It didn't move as fast at times as I wanted it to. A lot of backstory, but it is needed, so I see why the author slipped it in there and in small chunks. It kept me flipping the pages so I could see the big picture by the end. Most of the story takes place in Kenya and the author gives you a wonderful glimpse into it's beauty, poverty, corruption and customs. Jace is like many of us -- his faith has been shaken and he doesn't even know if he believes in God anymore, even though he was a missionary kid. Things have happened in his life that make him question what is real and what does he believe? Can't we all relate, haven't we all been there at one time or another? I know I have. Jace is struggling to discover who he really is. But maybe the more important question is....who does God say he is? Of course I spotted some Genesis 5020's in the book, can you? A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.