Wednesday, September 2, 2009

June Bug - A Heart-Grabber

I had been awaiting the release of Chris Fabry's June Bug with both eager anticipation and nervous expectation. His books are compelling and heart-wrenching, and I find myself leaving a bit of my own heart between the pages. And oh, I was not disappointed. I was a bit nervous as I read it because much is unexplained until the book is almost concluded, and I wasn't sure if the book would include some unsettling experiences or behavior/abuse. Without giving a spoiler, let me reassure you that there is nothing unseemly or inappropriate that occurs between June Bug and her daddy. This is a beautiful story of pain and despair redeemed by love and grace, and a reminder that, while sometimes it takes a long time to come to fruition, God is weaving circumstances together behind the scenes. And sometimes the one we think we are rescuing ends up rescuing us.

June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. A modern interpretation of Les Miserables, the story follows a dilapidated RV rambling cross-country with June Bug and her father, a man running from a haunted past. Forces beyond their control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever.

Chris Fabry is a 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University. He is heard on Chris Fabry Live! each weekday on Moody Radio, the Love Worth Finding broadcast, and other radio programs. You may have also heard Chris cohosting programs for Focus on the Family radio. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

Chris recently released his first adult novel entitled Dogwood, which is set in his native state of West Virginia. He has published more than 65 other books, including many 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

You can purchase June Bug here or here. Facial tissues are available here!


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Cathy said...

Sounds like a good book. And I just checked our library has it, but it's checked out right now. I'll have to add it to my list to check out soon.

Debra said...

This book sounds really good! Thanks for the review, I'll have to check it out. :)