For all who are interested in a story of hope for broken relationships, I would recommend A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman. This book revolves around a seemingly hopeless marriage. The reader is immediately met with coldness, not because of the wintry setting, but because of the chilling knowledge that two people have given up on each other.
Jacob and Marlee Ebenezer drive through a blizzard on Christmas Eve to sign the papers that will end their marriage. When an accident interrupts their plans and Jacob disappears, Marlee trudges through the snow until she encounters a cottage. There she meets a man named Jay who specializes in helping couples who have lost all hope for their relationships. As she listens to this man, she embarks on a journey to return warmth to her heart.
Though written as a sort of parody of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, this story centers on an entirely different idea. Through the character of Jay, the reader is reminded that relationships matter to God and that life-long love can only be found with the one you marry (Matthew 19:3-6). Anyone who has ever been in a failing relationship understands the emptiness that Marlee and her family are suffering. In Jay’s message, both she and the readers find a hope they can cling to.
This book leaves a reader with a feeling of encouragement that “there is no barren place on earth that love cannot grow a garden, not even your heart.” I recommend this book for anyone searching for hope and encouragement for their marriage and relationships. – Lexie V. Owen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.
The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?