Book Review: The Song

24 Mar

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise. Ephesians 5:15

403339Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until he meets Rose.

As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.

Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be.

Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

Chris’ novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart, Borders of the Heart, and his latest release, Every Waking Moment, have won three Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it’s his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.

He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.


My Impressions:

The Song by Chris Fabry is a novelization of the movie by the same name. My experience with such books is usually disappointing. Many times authors follow so closely to the script that the books feel like a movie instead of a book. While I have not seen the film version of The Song, I can say that the book most definitely reads like a book. Those of you who care about such things will understand. Fabry is one of my favorite authors and he did an outstanding job. I found this novel deeply moving and personal, often speaking to and convicting my heart. Inspired by the life of King Solomon, this book is one I highly recommend.

Jed is the son of country music great David King. He has a lot to live up to and a lot to live down when it comes to his father. Determined to make his own way and music, Jed seeks wisdom and the heart of God. Unfortunately, fame, riches and and other temptations lure Jed from the family he loves and the God he first sought to serve.

The Song is a story of love, commitment, and marriage in the midst of life’s joys, griefs and temptations. The story of Jedediah King may be inspired by King Solomon, but it is one that everyone can relate to. Who doesn’t want the best for himself and his family? But when the pursuit of earthly things takes the place of God’s will, all becomes vanity. The contemporary setting of the novel really proves that there really isn’t anything new under the sun. And while Jed bears much of the blame for the decline of his family, it is easy to see that little foxes can be let in by both spouses. It is the lack of communication, the hurt feelings, and the separate lives and agendas, that most readers will identify with.

The Biblical allusions were a clever touch. Be on the lookout for those. My favorite was the name of Jed’s musical partner, Shelby Bales. In King Solomon’s life he allowed his many wives and concubines to keep their baals or idols. We may think we can manage the indiscretions of others, but they often lead to sin in our own lives.

Included in the book is an excerpt of a couple’s devotional also based on the movie. Be sure to check out this great resource as well.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults (especially couples).

(Thanks to Tyndale for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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4 Responses to “Book Review: The Song”

  1. Karen Collier March 24, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Great review! I’ve been thinking about getting the audiobook edition of this one, but wondering about the whole movie to book thing. Thanks for addressing that! This one sounds really good. 🙂


    • rbclibrary March 24, 2015 at 9:02 am #

      It was the best novelization I have ever read. The forward stated that Fabry had added some scenes and characters that were not part of the movie. I think that added to the novel’s depth. Let me know how the audiobook “reads”.


  2. Susanne April 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Great review! Chris Fabry is one of my favorite authors as well and I ordered this book not realizing it was based on a movie. I haven’t seen the movie. While the story is not quite the style or along the same lines as others I’ve read by him, I thought he did a really good job too. I totally get what you’re saying about novelizations from movies.


    • rbclibrary April 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      I am always a teeny bit disappointed in novelizations even when written by my favorite authors. But this one really was good. Thanks so much for your comments and stopping by!


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