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Almost heaven
Fabry, Chris
Adult Fiction FABRY

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From 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From 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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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