Book Review: War Room

24 Aug

51d5Ql7hrHL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all―yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.


Chris 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 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:

War Room is the novelization of the movie by the same name set to release on August 28, 2015. Another creation from Alex and Stephen Kendrick of Fireproof and Courageous, War Room focuses on the power unleashed when God’s people turn to prayer. Following his novelization of The Song (read review HERE), talented author Chris Fabry has done an excellent job of translating images from the big screen to print.

War Room features Elizabeth and Tony Jordan, two high-achieving people who have let things of this world — money, status, and pride — get in the middle of their marriage. The distance and arguing have affected their only child as well, setting up a course of disaster for their future. Enter Miss Clara, a woman who has faced life’s battles on her knees. Through the power of prayer, lives are changed and hope is found.

Elizabeth and Tony are two very realistic characters. On the outside they look like they have it all — good careers, a beautiful home, a well-behaved child — yet they are dying inside. And they are Christians. But neglect of the most important relationship, that of God, has caused them to come to the edge of losing it all. This book is sure to touch a lot of chords with readers. So what can save us? Prayer. The character of Miss Clara is a great example of a life lived and breathed through prayer. Never a laundry a list of wants and needs, Clara’s prayer life is one of seeking and worshipping, allowing God to change minds and lives all the time bringing glory to Him. This book is a wake-up call to believers who are coasting through their spiritual lives.

It is very hard to successfully write a book based on a movie. The book is often just a series of images with one-dimensional characters. But Chris Fabry did an exceptional job of allowing the reader to conjure their own images. War Room never felt hurried or incomplete. It has made me anxious to see the movie. There is a Double Dutch competition described that will have to be seen to be believed. The book also includes pictures from the movie and discussion questions for personal or group study.

Another hit from both the Kendricks and Fabry, War Room is a recommended read.


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

War Room Trailer


4 Responses to “Book Review: War Room”

  1. Carole September 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Beckie, they showed the movie trailer at church last Sunday and I’m eager to see it. In fact, that’s what I asked to do for my birthday (birthdays are much more than a one-day celebration!). My son is going to take me next week and I pray that it will make a strong impact on him. He’s a believer, but not very active in church.


    • rbclibrary September 3, 2015 at 6:32 am #

      I have heard from many that this is a must see movie. Most have said that it is very powerful — hope that your son will be encouraged and inspired. Have a great time and a great birthday! 🙂


  2. Karen Collier September 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Both the book and the movie sound really good! 🙂


    • rbclibrary September 23, 2015 at 6:34 am #

      They are. I liked both, but if I could only do one, though, it would be the movie. I have been amazed at the number of spin-off books there are for this project. I’ll be reviewing a children’s book on prayer next month that is written by the Kendricks.


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