Every Waking Moment

Every Waking Moment

by Chris Fabry
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pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth Chris Fabry book I've read, and it's my favorite yet. The writing was so polished, and I found the story interesting. You don't read many books where the main character is disabled and overweight. But you watch her overcome the pain of her past and develop some self-esteem. The other main characters are in a nursing home, and I really felt like I was there with all those old, forgotten people. Very sweet and insightful story for all ages to enjoy.
Savurbks More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY: Treha Langsam, a young woman struggling with her own difficulties, has a special gift…she is able to connect with elderly people suffering from dementia. Though not able to cure the residents of Desert Gardens Retirement Home, Treha provides a way of communication, if only temporary. While helping those in need, she must “find” her own self albeit very painful at times. When a documentary shifts the story to Treha, she must question “if this is as good as life gets, it that enough”? A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS: This novel caused me to ponder life in ways I hadn’t considered. Deeply intriguing yet profoundly compassionate, the story connected people of all ages and stages in life with each other. Through almost a funnel effect, the author took the position that everyone’s life story affects others in some way. It poses the question…”when is enough, good enough”? Not a genre I normally read, in fact, almost a book I found myself discontinuing, I became drawn into the heart of the storyline and compulsively finished. RATING: 4.5 (out of 5) pennies. *I received a complimentary copy of Every Waking Moment from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry Treha Langsam works at Desert Gardens an assisted living - nursing home facility. She was originally hired as a janitor until it was discovered she had a very special gift. She somehow can reach the lost souls of dementia patients. Miriam Howard her boss befriends her and does her best to help her. She is taken under the wing of resident Dr. Crenshaw. Soon she is caught up the mystery surrounding an illness caused by Phutura, the community Pharmacial company that Dr Crenshaw used to be employed with. A local documentary team has taken an interest in the residents of Desert Gardens. And are soon caught up in the mystery of Treha’s past. Treha has falling through the cracks herself. Can the documentary team, Miriam and Treha fight big business and come out on top. Read this riveting story from Chris Farby to find out what happens. I want to thank the author Chris Fabry and publisher Tyndale for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Treha lives in her own little world at times. She knows she's different. Her eyes constantly move, she types on an unseen keyboard I her lap, and she has an ability to reach into the hearts and souls of those others can't reach. When Devin and Jonah come into the nursing home where Treha works while filming their documentary, is when her life takes a turn she never expected. The characters in this book were well developed and a great contrast and complement to each other. Christ Fabry is a new-to-me author, but I'm glad I've found him. This book had a completely different plot line than the books I've read lately. As I read, I couldn't guess where the story was going. When I first began reading, I thought the story was going in one direction, but I was wrong. Great book that kept me reading from the first word!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabrys. I found it to be a smoothly written, well put together story about the personal worth of everyone. I found myself reading fast to see what would happen, while at the same time wishing I wouldn't get done so fast. An excellent read.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a young woman, Treha Langsam, who values the elderly people at Desert Gardens Retirement home, somehow encouraging them to go beyond being wilting vegetables and once more participate in life. The elderly loved her as she encouraged them with activities to do more than sit waiting for death. But there is always evil in stories just as there is in life. Treha’s bike, her only means of transportation, was stolen. And Mrs. Howard, a good director, left to be replaced by Mrs. Millstone, a person with no vision who didn’t care about the residents. Finally, when Treha was ordered not to talk to residents, she got help for Ardeth when Ardeth fell, only to be fired by Mrs. Millstone. What did Treha learn about who she is? How did she figure it out? Why and how did Treha travel to Arizona? What happened to Treha when she was 4 ½ years old? Would she ever find her mother?
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! I have read several novels by Chris Fabry, and each one just gets better than the last. His characters are engaging and real, and he is a great storyteller. This book contains mystery and the search for family, plus a unique main character who tugs at the heart. The tension is resolved very satisfactorily. The ending is sweet but leaves some bits open, for me to surmise how they came out. That is part of its charm.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
Don't you just love those books that sneak into your hands, promising you an enjoyable tale then they grab you by the heart and don't let go? That's what happened to me when I picked up a copy of "Every Waking Moment" by Chris Fabry. I've read a few of Chris's previous novels, but none of them prepared me for the emotional impact of meeting Treha Langsam. Even though he does a thorough job of describing her, the reader is still left with many features to fill in via imagination. Why does this matter? Because Treha is not like you and I. She's different, and no one knows why. Fortunately, plenty of people around her value her unique spirit and giftings, and those who don't...well, I won't spoil it for you. Have tissues handy. Lots of lovable people will pop up throughout the book, and some may not be around to say goodbye when the story ends. But each character will have changed you by the time you turn the final page. Here's to stories that celebrate young men and women like Treha Langsam, and that give honor to those of an older generation. My thanks to my friends at Tyndale House Publishers for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (I also bought a copy to share...it was that good!).
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Great hook, good build, but the ending doesn't feel complete.  Fabry drew me into the story from the beginning. I didn't know what to expect, but I was enjoying the ride. The ending of the book is alright, not as good as the beginning and middle caused me to hope for, but it wasn't bad. The epilogue felt out of place, though...sure it was kindof sweet, but it raises a host of questions that just aren't answered. Why raise the questions when we're ok accepting what the characters have accepted? Unfortunately, that caused a bit of a letdown for me. It's still a nice story with memorable characters and some well told scenes, and if the ending had been strong this would be an absolutely stellar book. It's still worth reading, but it's not the knock-your-socks-off book I thought it was after reading the first few chapters. 
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
I picked this novel to read about caregivers. Soon I was involved in elder care management and the lives of people who choose to be caregivers. The past, sometimes hidden, brings in suspense and drama. The book has received 2014 awards and I plan to read more by the author.
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
Wow!!  This was an amazing story.  I have read one other of Chris Fabry's book and was impressed with that one and this book is on the same level.  The story of a young girl hurt by a test drug that should never have been tested on humans.  She possessed the special gift of reaching out to those who had been abandoned as old and unwanted in society and drawing them out and giving them life.  Two amateurs document her life and the stories of the elderly in a fascinating documentary.  Just an incredible story of forgiveness, redemption and making the best of your circumstances.  
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
I did wind up enjoying this book, although at the beginning I was not very interested in it. I was not really curious about Treha until I got to the part where she reads Dr. Crenshaw's letter. The ending was okay, but it seemed like it needed something more. Like what happened to the characters after that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read this book again. It's in my "Read Again" folder. I put myself in Treha's place and understand what's it like to have special needs and when people don't or won't try to understand how it hurt's. Reading about it and experiencing it are two different things. I am there, too.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Every Waking Moment is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. It's a beautiful story of inner beauty. I love Treha. She has such a wonderful gift with people. I love how everything comes together and figure out how the book got its title at the end. What a great, inspiring and powerful read. It's worth every bit of 5 stars if not more. 
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Treha works at a nursing home. She is very gifted in getting patients who have dementia come back to life. Treha was abandoned as a child and therefore has a few issues of her own. When a documentary team comes to the nursing home, some of Treha's secrets are uncovered. This book was okay. It was a little hard to get into but it wasn't bad.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Chris Fabry is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors, as I'm pretty sure what I'm going to get when I start one of his books : not only a great read, but a thought-provoking, interesting, and even an unusual-subject-matter-book. Along with some humor. "Every Waking Moment" does not disappoint in any of those regards. Our four main characters are Treha Langsam, a custodian at a retirement home who has a special gift: she is able to communicate with patients with dementia, to reach them and draw them out, even though she is considered by some to be impaired, or to have her own special needs; Miriam Howard, the facilities director at the home who is on the cusp of retirement herself. She is kind and caring, and unfortunately her replacement does not accept what she cannot understand, and Treha soon finds herself unemployed. Devin Hillis, an aspiring documentary filmmaker who "collects stories" and has just enough belief to keep hanging onto his dreams, but just few enough dollars that it's high risk to continue; and his assistant, the wise cracking and somewhat more realistic Jonah. The book also includes an interesting element of suspense, as we are shown pieces of why Treha is as special as she is. The many layers of this book make for an excellent story, one that I can highly recommend!
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Fabry wove a story that was both unexpected and stirring. The main characters were well developed. I liked that each one was challenged and changed throughout the story. Treha, was mysterious. Everything about her was different and/or unknown. Though the mystery of why and who she comprised most of the story, it isn't really a mystery. We all have a story. Everyone has something to offer. Everyone has worth. Fabry had a way of taking those society tends to overlook or look down upon and bring those facts to life. The epilogue made me want more. Is that his purpose? Another book? Or just a way to leave you thinking? Good read!
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
“Value people not just for the income they provide us. Value them because of the lives they have lived,” says Miriam Howard. Desert Gardens is an assisted living facility where the lives of the residents, Treha - a girl with an unusual ability to connect with those with dementia, Miriam Howard - the director being forced out into retirement, Jillian Millstone - the incoming director, and Devin and Jonah – a documentary film team, are all woven together into a fascinating story. It seems that one of the residents, Dr. Crenshaw, knows something of Treha’s past – yet before she can find out about it, he becomes too ill to speak. So what are the connections between her and him? What is her background and why is she so “unusual”. The mysteries abound and this story is like an onion, which needs to be peeled away layer by layer. I found myself rooting for the residents, totally disliking Ms. Millstone and only wanting Miriam to come back. I kept wanting Treha to be able to find out about her past and not have to make it up. This book was different from the previous books that I have read by Chris Fabry - there weren't any car chase scenes or people being blown up but there were still mysteries and guns!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion. An interesting look at life for the elderly. Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens. But Miriam Howard, director of the assisted-living facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity. When a documentary team stumbles onto Treha’s story, her gift is discovered and the search for answers about her past begins. As the truth slowly unravels, Treha and those around her must each tackle a difficult question: if this is as good as life gets, is that enough? The elderly characters are very believable and well-written. I had a little trouble understanding the character of Treha. I believe that it is just because she is an unusual character and I’ve never known anyone like her, not a problem with the writing. The development of the story seems to be a little slow at the beginning. By the time I finished I realized that it is just because the author took time to do an in-depth development.  I did struggle with the inserted sections that were script-like for the documentary crew. This felt very uneven and it seemed to distract me from the story. This is the problem that kept me from giving this book the full 5 stars. I do recommend reading this book. It takes a good look at what life has become for many elderly people, as well as others who are different from most people.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Treha Langsam has a unique ability and one that works well where she is employed. She can connect with those who seem lost within themselves, victims of such illnesses like dementia and Alheimer's who rob not only the family members from being able to communicate with their loved ones but often times the loved ones who remained trapped within prisons of their own body. Treha can relate because she too is different. Judged by outside appearances of eye movements she can not control, often time society has a label of "different" that they place on her instead of simply getting to know the real person behind what the skin hides. Perhaps this is the very reason she can connect with those elderly loved ones she helps in the Desert Garden Home. Unlike most retirement and hospice centers, the director Miriam Howard sees more that just providing a place for the elderly to live out whatever remains of their life. She believes in treating them like family and the center more like a real home. One in which they find love and acceptance and not abandonment and loneliness and Treha provides that connection to draw them out where they remained locked inside their body. Now if only someone can find the key in which to unlock the past that remains hidden even to Treha, one that will provide to her the answers which she seeks, who she is, does she have a family out there somewhere and can someone help her physically to get better. It seems that the answers lie within one elderly patient Dr. Crenshaw who finds that sharing riddles, puzzles and word clues with Treha's unparalleled ability to solve them in record time holds the key that will unlock the door to her hidden life. I received Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. I LOVE Chris Fabry's novels because hidden within the pages of each one is a treasure waiting to be found. I don't even have to read the book premise any longer when I know he has written another new novel because I know I will enjoy it like eating my favorite meal. It is meant to be savored because you don't get them that often so you LOVE to enjoy every single moment. This one was no exception. I love how Chris chose to incorporate a retirement home and the telling of the stories the elderly hold is exceptional and often taken for granted the stories that each one holds inside. We get a glimpse of some of those and it gives us wisdom if we are willing to listen and take the time to hear them. I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Chris Fabry book I have read. When I started this book I assumed it would follow a woman with a special gift who can reach dementia patients. We are introduced to several characters in this book and I really liked how Chris had all of their lives intertwined. We meet patients, Treha, Miriam the director about to retire, and Devin and Jonah the filmmakers. There are more but those are the main ones. Treha is a very special young woman with special needs. Her name is very unusual but means something special in the book. You will have to read it to find out. We are treated to different view points as the story progresses which I really enjoyed. However, this book took me by surprise through many twists and turns I did not see coming. This book was sad, uplifting, and a little bit scary that this could be reality. The ending was very fitting and choked me up a bit. What I really liked and thought would be neat was if people did do documentaries of older peoples lives. What we could learn! I received this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Every Waking Moment is an intense book you can't put down. It revolves around the people associated with an assisted living residence. It includes the administrator and her family, residents, staff, and two men who are making " life films". The story begins to develop around the person who was hired as a janitor but becomes more of a friend to the residents and has a way of bringing them out of themselves. There is curiosity as to where Treha came from, how she was raised, and just her past all around. In looking into it, several big discoveries are made that lead to Big Business and the politics around it. I enjoyed this book very much and can't wait to add other Chris Fabry books to my to be read list.I recieved this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry is an uplifting, human tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift, and this novel goes on my top inspirational fiction list. All the elements that elevate it to that rank are present: lyrical prose, rich characterization, emotionally gripping themes, compelling message, and the power to effect change in how one thinks. Highly recommended. This is a difficult review to write because it will be hard for me to do justice to this wonderful novel. The engaging writing style held my interest from the beginning and the themes are both vital and compelling. I wish there were more novels like this in the Christian fiction genre. The story revolves around an unusual character named Treha (Tray-uh), a young girl with a tender heart who struggles to connect with people. Treha's gift is the ability to reach inside older people who are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s and pull them back - a gift "to help flowers bloom, to free chained minds. But the girl herself remained closed tight like a desert rose in the winter." The book's cover beautifully depicts Treha's character and struggles. Other characters play strong parts, such as Miriam Howard, director of Desert Gardens in Tucson, Arizona where Treha works. Miriam has a genuine compassion and ability at working with people to make Desert Gardens remind them of their home. Forced into early retirement, Miriam's replacement is Jillian Millstone, who is "able to catalog every duty for the job except compassion." One of the book's main themes, "the power of story," can't help but resonate with everyone who reads it. Devin Hillis and his partner, Jonah, are given permission to interview some of the residents at Desert Gardens for a documentary they are producing. In Devin's words, "I'm a big believer in the power of stories. Individual and collective. We were capturing people at Desert Gardens rehearsing their lives, showing how one person's story touches another and how it feeds the rest of us, makes us better. Instead of discounting those on the margins, those our society says aren't important, we need to celebrate their stories. Ask more questions. Learn and grow and honor them." I appreciate a book that makes me think, and a Desert Gardens resident named Elsie did exactly that. I've always thought of 1 Corinthians 10:13 as giving the assurance that God doesn't place upon us more than we are capable of withstanding. But I love how Elsie takes it a step further when she says, "He does give us more than we can handle. He lets us go through deeper waters so that we cling to him; that's the whole point of having faith. If we could handle everything, there would be no reason for us to need God." Treha talks about how people crave touch, and she always reached out to touch a hand, arm, shoulder, or gently rub a back. And she also listened. I have often visited nursing homes and am ashamed to realize I haven't been very good in these areas. Treha's actions and attitude are something I will always remember. The theme of valuing people because of the lives they've lived is so relevant and compelling for today. Discussion questions at the end are very thought provoking. Every Waking Moment will definitely go on my list of 2013 favorites. There is so much opportunity for further development of characters and storylines that I really hope Chris will write a sequel. It was a pleasure to discover the writing of Chris Fabry and I highly recommend this book to all readers. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This was an intriguing book I find hard to describe. It started as a look at a nursing home and its residents as a loving, caring administrator, Miriam, is forced out and replaced by a cold martinet seemingly incapable of warmth or concern. There we meet Treha, a somehow impaired young woman who has a gift of reaching those lost in dementia or Alzheimers, and the young men doing a documentary on the lives on the residents of the home. The book shifts about halfway through to a compelling mystery as the moviemakers and Miriam try to help Treha discover her origins and the cause of her impairments and her gift on connecting with the unreachable. The pace quickens with the addition to the storyline of a paranoid old man and strong hints of danger and conspiracy at high levels. The book captured my interest and heart from the beginning until the satisfying ending. I received the book from The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest opinion.