I received a copy of An Open Heart from Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for review purposes.
Publisher~~David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
Written by Harry Kraus
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from Harry:
I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife’s urging: “Now doesn’t seem the right time for this dream.”
My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I’d written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn’t until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the “rules” without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I’d have made faster progress if I’d have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.
I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you’ll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him …
They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.
It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life.
To be honest, I was a little unsure about this book when I agreed to review it. Messages from the grave predicting deaths? In a Christian book? Hmmm…However, my concerns were completely unfounded. An Open Heart is a tastefully written story.
How ironic that his first “patient-to-be” is the daughter of a high official of Africa. AND….Dr. Jace Rawlings has to keep the relationship a secret. No one knows this high official has a daughter. Nor does his daughter know that he is her father. Africa’s methods of “negotiating” are not the same as they are in other countries. Dr. Rawlings needs funding and equipment to set up his heart surgery practice. What are his chances of staying alive while trying to obtain all that he needs? Can you imagine performing something as dangerous as open heart surgery in a hospital with limited equipment?
Then his patients that undergo heart surgery start telling him about deaths that have not happened yet. The deaths all involve people that Dr. Rawlings knows. Will he believe the stories of death from the grave? What role does God play in Dr. Rawlings’s life, the attempts on his life, and the messages from the grave. Can he turn his life around and allow God back in his life? In his heart? You’ll have to get the book to read this intriguing story.
I feel the book will keep your attention after the first couple of chapters. I would give An Open Heart 4 out of 5 stars.
You can purchase An Open Heart on Amazon.