Thursday, May 3, 2018

Looking Into You By Chris Fabry

2017 Christy Award winner! (Short Form category)
From the best-selling author of War Room. . .
Every day, Paige Redwine is haunted by a choice she made when she was only seventeen. Now, just past forty, still single, she lives a tidy, controlled life as a well-respected English professor at a college in Nashville. Nothing could prepare her for the day Treha Langsam―the daughter she secretly placed for adoption―walks into her classroom as a student, unknowingly confronting Paige with both her greatest longing and her greatest fear.

As Treha sets aside the search for her birth mother to concentrate on her education, Paige summons the courage to reach out to her daughter, never dreaming her actions will transform them both as she faces a past she thought she’d laid to rest.

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I was born in West Virginia in 1961. I read a lot, but not very fast, and wrote poems and songs, and transcribed Marx Brothers movies and memorized dialogue.

In 1984 I met Jerry Jenkins at Moody Bible Institute. He offered to help me learn to write and I took him up on the offer. In 1998, Jerry and Dr. Tim LaHaye hired me to help write the Left Behind: The Kids series. After that I worked on several other series for children and then published my first adult novel in 2008. It took more than six years to write Dogwood and find a publisher. It received a 2009 Christy Award.

My next novel, June Bug, drew its themes from the classic Victor Hugo tale, Les Miserables. Then, Almost Heaven released and also won a Christy Award, as well as the 2011 Christian Book Award for Fiction.

Not in the Heart is another riveting, suspenseful, and yet relational story. A mystery within a mystery within an addiction. I dedicate it to all who have someone in their life who is addicted. This story also received a Christy award.

Borders of the Heart is my nod toward some of the great western writers—Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. It's a love story, a painful story of loss, a mystery, and an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I hope you enjoy the ride through Tucson and the surrounding area as much as I did.

Every Waking Moment is my effort to take some of the pain and loss of life and sift it through the life of a young woman who's been marginalized in society, working among people who are marginalized (the elderly). Treha has an extraordinary gift that few observe because she's "different." Like most of my tales, it's a love story, a mystery, part thriller—but mostly a character sketch of lonely people looking for hope. I was honored when Treha's story received the 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit.

The Promise of Jesse Woods is a coming-of-age novel that will wring your heart. Part of the allure of the story is baseball, as Matt suffers twin disasters in 1972 and 1984. I'm pleased the novel was given an Award of Merit in the 2017 Christianity Today Book Awards and also received a Christy Award. It's particularly poignant given the fact that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016!

Looking into You is the story of a middle-aged woman who made a mistake in her teen years. Now, two decades later, that "mistake" shows up in her life in a powerful way and makes her face her past and the hurt she's experienced. Part romance, part mystery, part commentary on the evangelical subculture, my hope is that this book will be a satisfying conclusion to Treha's story that readers have been requesting since they read Every Waking Moment. I was honored when this novel also received a Christy Award in 2017.

I've also had the opportunity to craft novels based on film screenplays. The motion picture The Song released in September 2014, with my novel developed from Richard L. Ramsey's screenplay following later that year. I was also privileged to work on the novelization of War Room, the latest film produced by the Kendrick brothers (Courageous, Fireproof). Both film and novel were released in August 2015.

I graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I have been married to Andrea since 1982. We have nine children. In October of 2008 our family evacuated our house in Colorado, leaving behind all our belongings because of a toxic mold situation. Since then we have been living near Tucson, Arizona, working on recovering our health after the mold exposure.
Stop by my website at to learn more about my writing and radio endeavors, and be sure to sign up for my online newsletter, the FABRYGRAM. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, or you can email me at

My Thoughts...

I fell into this book and never looked up until I read the very last page.
I loved Every Waking Moment so to get to read the conclusion to Treha's story was a dream come true.
A story of love, forgiveness, and letting go of the past. Super message you don't want to miss this book!
I soaked up every word of this book. I won't give anything away. I will just say that this is a 5 star must read book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher. A favorable review was not required and all reviews expressed are our own.


  1. Sounds like a book that we would love to read at our house. Thanks

  2. You know that I want to read this one.

  3. He is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to read this one! Thank you Mary, I loved this review!

  4. Chris is awesome. This is a have to read.

  5. Mary, you talked me into reading one of his books years ago and I have not stopped I can't wait to read this one.

  6. Sounds really good. I know i would love to read. Great review MAry,

  7. I want to read this one, I loved War Room so much.

  8. You know Renee' is going to want to get her hands on a copy of this book.

  9. You will never read a book by Chris that you won't love and get a blessing from.

  10. I am going to ask the library to get me a copy of this one, but after reading everyone's comments here maybe I should just go get my own copy.

  11. How can you not love his books. I can't wait to get away in Chris' book.

  12. This is book two and book one was a feeling book where I felt it all. I will be on the look out for this.

  13. What a book! I can't wait to read it. Thank you, Mary.

  14. This sounds like a great one.

  15. YES PLEASE !!! Love to read this one too !! Blessings DanaGirl