FABRYGRAM: Special WAR ROOM Edition

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FABRYGRAM

July 2015

War Room: From Film to Novel

War RoomWar Room is my second novelization of a film and I'm excited I was able to work with Stephen and Alex Kendrick (Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants).

I heard about the story after filming was complete. On a trip to Chicago I read the script and wept at several parts. (A good sign.)

The rough cut of the film came and I watched it over and over and over, trying to get the dialog and setting right, while staying with the heart of the story.

I feel this simple story, this simple message about the power of prayer and the necessity of it, is exactly what we need today.

I pray the novel and the film will work hand in hand to call us to do the most powerful thing we can do.

The Story of War Room

Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth's world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness.

But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a "war room" and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony's hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara's wisdom that victories don't come by accident.

A compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.

My Own "War Room" Story

The Kendrick brothers have their story about how the film War Room originated. I have my own story that I brought to the writing of the novel based on the film.

Our family was living in Illinois and attending a new church. We went through the new members class and met a couple a little older than us originally from China. They told their story, smiling as they spoke of the grace of God in their lives, and asked us all to pray for their son, Christopher.

"He is in prison now," Angela said.

Christopher had informed his parents years earlier that he was gay. He had moved to Atlanta, was in the party scene there, and dealt drugs. He was arrested and incarcerated.

But God had done something miraculous in Christopher's life. He had found a Bible in a prison trash can and began to read. This was just before he discovered he was HIV+. The news hit him hard, but God's Word hit him harder.

Angela's husband, Leon, was a dentist and we began taking our kids to have their teeth cleaned at his practice, which was in an office attached to his home. Years later, I was at their house and Angela asked if I would like to see her prayer room.

I had heard much about how hard Angela prayed for Christopher. She stormed the gates of heaven on her knees. She took me to a bathroom off the second floor of the house. It looked like any other bathroom, except that the shower stall was covered with notes and verses and people's names. The tub was covered by a thin rug.

Angela Yuan War Room

Angela was so committed to praying for her son that she set apart that bathroom exclusively for prayer. I never forgot that scene, nor what happened to Christopher. When he was released from prison, he attended Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College. Today, he teaches the Bible at Moody.

No one is saying that if you find a "War Room" and use it that your children will become Bible teachers or that your marriage will be fully restored or that any of the cause-and-effect types of answers to prayer will happen. But when you bring God into the equations of your life and you allow Him access to your heart, and you surrender yourself and your problems to Him, He will honor that commitment and that trust you put in Him.

I don't know how prayer works. But I know it does. And I believe God is drawing us to Himself in times of our desperate need of Him. And I'm grateful for those who are willing to surrender and display that with their lives.

Chris Fabry
 

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Releasing Now!

The War Room novel is officially scheduled for release in early August, but rumor has it that several online retailers already have it in stock! You can visit my website's War Room page for quick links to your favorite seller.

Available in hardcover, softcover, and eBook formats, the book's bonus features include a reading group guide and production and movie photos.

Download the first chapter of War Room here.

The War Room Film

The Kendrick brothers' film featuring Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, Alex Kendrick, and T.C. Stallings will open in theaters nationwide on August 28. Visit the War Room Movie website to view the trailer, find theaters and showtimes, and see behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the film.

War Room Porch Scene

More Resources

For additional prayer-related resources for your church, home, or family, check out the War Room Movie Resources website.

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