Monday, November 26, 2012

Borders of the Heart

Thanksgiving was great. We were at my MIL's, and just about all I did was eat, sleep, read, and visit with family! I read several short novellas as well as two full-length novels. Here are my thoughts on one of the novels.

Borders of the Heart
Chris Fabry
ISBN: 978-1414348629
September 2012/400 pages/$13.99

Desperate to escape haunting memories, J. D. Jessup travels from Nashville to Tucson and volunteers on an organic farm. The hardened landowner has one prevailing rule: If J. D. sees an “illegal,” call the border patrol. But when an early morning ride along the fence line leads him to a beautiful young woman named Maria, near death in the desert, his heart pulls him in another direction. Longing to atone for the choices that drove him to Tucson, J. D. hides her and unleashes a chain of deadly events he could never have imagined. Soon they are running from a killer and fighting for their lives. As secrets of their pasts emerge, J. D. realizes that saving Maria may be the only way to save himself.


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's novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, and Not in the Heart, have won two 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. Visit his Web site at


Borders of the Heart is one of those novels that will make you wonder if you are reading fiction or the daily news, especially if you live in the southern states abutting Mexico. While this is not my favorite of Chris Fabry's books, it is captivating. Packed with action, it was sometimes a little difficult to keep track of where J. D. and Maria were as they tried to stay a step ahead of Maria's enemy. Great characters made up for that, however, and I especially loved Pastor Ron! Borders of the Heart puts a face on the issue of illegal immigration and the evil of drug lords, yet also showcases the power of God's love and grace.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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