Author: Chris Fabry
First published January 1, 2008
352 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9781414319551 (ISBN10: 141431955X)
From the acclaimed author of War Room comes the heart-wrenching story of Dogwood, a small town where Karin has settled for a life devoid of passion and purpose. Her husband, once faithful, now feels distant, leaving Karin feeling isolated and guilty as she struggles to raise their three children.
When Will, the only man she ever loved, returns to town, Karin’s past secrets begin to unravel through the eyes of Danny Boyd, a young boy haunted by tragedy. As painful memories resurface, an unlikely savior emerges in the form of Ruthie Bowles, an old woman whose anger towards God leads Karin to face her own demons.
In this gripping tale of love and redemption, Chris Fabry weaves a powerful narrative that will leave readers breathless.
About the Author
Meet Chris Fabry – an accomplished author and radio personality who hosts the daily program, Chris Fabry Live, on Moody Radio. You can also hear him on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs.
Chris graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University in 1982 and hails from West Virginia.
He and his wife, Andrea, currently reside in Arizona and are proud parents of nine children.
Chris has authored several award-winning novels, including , , , , , , , , , and . His writing has earned him five Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and two Book Awards of Merit.
However, it’s his captivating storytelling and themes of redemption that keep readers coming back for more.
In addition to his novels, Chris has published over 70 other books, ranging from nonfiction and film novelizations, such as the Kendrick brothers’ and , to novels for children and young adults. He co-wrote the series with Jerry B.
Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the and series with Jerry B. Jenkins.
His latest series, , is geared towards kids and explores the thrilling world of NASCAR.
Check out Chris’ website at for more information on his work.
Dogwood by Chris Fabry: A Hauntingly Beautiful Tale of Redemption
Chris Fabry’s Dogwood is a poignant and resonant novel that takes the reader on a journey of redemption and forgiveness. Published in 2008, it has been widely acclaimed for its emotional depth, descriptive prose, and masterful storytelling.
Fabry is an award-winning author, radio host, and speaker, and his talent shines through in this work.
The novel is set in a small town in the Ozarks, where Jedidiah Robbins, a broken and troubled man, returns after a long absence. Jedidiah is haunted by his past and the mistakes he has made, and he is looking for redemption.
He finds himself drawn to a local woman named Haddie, who is also struggling with her own demons. Together, they embark on a journey of healing and forgiveness, as they confront their past and their present.
Fabry’s writing style is lyrical and evocative, and he paints a vivid picture of the town and its inhabitants. The pacing of the novel is slow but deliberate, allowing the reader to fully immerse themselves in the world that Fabry has created.
The characters are complex and fully realized, and the themes of forgiveness, redemption, and grace are woven throughout the narrative.
One of the strongest aspects of the novel is the way in which Fabry handles the issue of race. The town is divided along racial lines, and both Jedidiah and Haddie are forced to confront the racism that exists in their community.
Fabry handles this sensitive topic with grace and sensitivity, and the novel is all the more powerful for it.
However, the novel does have a few shortcomings. The plot can be slow at times, and some readers may find it difficult to connect with the characters.
Additionally, the ending may feel a bit too neat and tidy for some readers.
Despite these minor flaws, Dogwood is a beautiful and haunting novel that will stay with the reader long after they have finished it. It is a powerful meditation on the nature of forgiveness and redemption, and it is a testament to the power of love and grace.
Fans of literary fiction and Southern Gothic will find much to admire in this novel.
Overall, I would highly recommend Dogwood to anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant read. It is a novel that will challenge and inspire readers, and it is a testament to the power of great storytelling.
I give it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.