I recently was privileged to read and endorse author Harry Kraus’ latest novel, An Open Heart. For those of you who don’t know Dr. Kraus, he’s a board-certified surgeon, and medical missionary who spends part of his time working in East Africa, as well as being an accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand.
An Open Heart
“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.”
One of the first things that drew me to Harry Kraus’ latest release was the setting. Not only does the book take place in Africa, where I live, but it takes place in Kenya where my son goes to boarding school. Everything about the setting, from Nairobi, to the small town of Kijabe, to the description of Mama Chiku's restaurant was familiar to me and I loved that.
But what I really appreciated about the book, was the strong spiritual thread. You can’t walk away from reading this book without taking another look at spiritual realities that Jace is forced to face.
In the end, An Open Heart, is a page-turning combination of loss and redemption, along with a glimpse into the spiritual realm that shouldn’t be ignored.
To learn more about Harry and his books, please visit his website.
LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award nominated author who has over twenty novels and novella collections in print. She and her husband, Scott, along with their three children, live near the Indian Ocean in Mozambique as missionaries. As a homeschooling mom, life can get hectic, but she sees her writing as an extension of her ministry which also includes running a non-profit organization The ECHO Project. To find out more about her books you can visit her website.
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