Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry

Every Waking Moment

Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens Retirement Home. But Miriam Howard, director of the facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity.When Treha's and Miriam's stories intertwine with a documen...

Details Every Waking Moment

TitleEvery Waking Moment
Release DateSep 1st, 2013
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Inspirational, Christian

Reviews Every Waking Moment

  • Staci
    Every Waking Moment was not what I expected. I anticipated a novel about a young worker at a retirement home and one of the residents creating a connection. This was much, much more than just that.Main character Treha is 20 years old and cannot remember her past. She has a huge heart for the residents of Desert Gardens Retirement Home. This novel is primarily about Treha and her story.There are many other side stories that are equally compelling:...
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    Treha Langsam has a unique ability and one that works well where she is employed. She can connect with those who seem lost within themselves, victims of such illnesses like dementia and Alheimer's who rob not only the family members from being able to communicate with their loved ones but often times the loved ones who remained trapped within prisons of their own body. Treha can relate because she too is different. Judged by outside appearances o...
  • Rebekah Gyger
    All through this book, I was interested in the life of Treha. I wanted to know what made her like she was, what was in her past. She was such a unique character, one I had never read before, or any like it. I was intrigued. The first two thirds of the book were great. But then the book ended.We find out why Treha has her disorder, but not why she has her gift. We learn of her past, but it doesn't effect her future. The scenario with her mother ju...
  • Joyce
    Public library copy. Rather ironic to be reading just as I come to the end of working with an Alzheimer's client. This author's writing is so brilliant the reader jumps right into the story at the beginning. Hoping for a brilliant ending (and middle).Compelling reading, complicated plot and characters. Lots of room for the reader to think for himself. Could easily move reader to personal growth, both spiritual and otherwise. Not preachy. No clue ...
  • Dawn
    Favorite AuthorActually a very interesting and good read after I finally figured out what was going on. Seemed very confusing for the 1st few chapters.
  • Sandy
    A rare and beautiful book that illustrates beautifully the interconnectedness of our lives. Also, that even though this world is dark and hard, that in the end, light does win.
  • Jenna Hodgins
    Chris Fabry is one of my favorite authors, but this particular novel took longer for me to become engrossed in- almost 5 or 6 chapters. Once engaged, it was an easy and fun read, but I was highly disappointed in the ending. The mystery was solved, but it seemed like the emerging relationship should have gone further. I felt I was left hanging.UPDATED: just learned this morning from the author's website that he has written a sequel to this book wh...
  • Paula Vince
    My husband has been performing saxophone concerts at places similar to this book's main setting, so I was hooked from the start. We call them nursing homes or aged care facilities. Desert Gardens Hospice, in this book, was called an 'end-of-life facility' which seems a bit blunt. The drama unfolds within its walls.The main character is Treha Langsam, a young female employee who seems to have a way with the patients and inmates. At first, she come...
  • Lori
    I was a Goodreads first reads winner of "Every Waking Moment" How lucky i was too.Treha works at Desert Gardens, an assistant living facility.She is well liked by the elderly that live there. She is a sort of "whisperer"she has a magic touch with them and can even reach the residents who have dementia. She has a special kind of friendship with Dr. Crenshaw one of the residents who live at Desert Gardens. we find out later that Dr.Crenshaw has a s...
  • Sara I
    I was interested in this book because it talks about elderly people with dementia and Alzheimers and such. As my grandmother has some dementia I could relate in some ways to what some of the characters were going through and how amazing this girl is. Although this book isn't the action packed adventure that I enjoy usually it's a really great book. It has a lovely writing style and it has a great meaning and purpose behind it. It's also very movi...
  • Tom
    Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry is a fascinating and enjoyable novel that had me reading it almost every waking moment. I looked forward to the stories that would be shared by the elderly at Desert Gardens Retirement home.Although its brochure lists itself as a "complete end-of-life facility,"there is much living going on among residents and a caring, professional staff.We encounter a young lady by the name of Treha who works as a janitor at t...
  • sue
    This was a very unusual read. Unusual but brilliantly told.Treha works in Desert Gardens Retirement Home for elderly people who suffer with dementia.We soon learn that Treha has a gift, a beautiful gift where she uses it to clear the minds of others. But, Treha herself seems to have no past. Treha we read a lot about. The residence too, however, some of the book lacked back up for me, as there were so many characters floating around in this story...
  • Amanda
    Great hook, good build, but the ending doesn't feel complete. Fabry drew me into the story from the beginning. I didn't know what to expect, but I was enjoying the ride. The ending of the book is alright, not as good as the beginning and middle caused me to hope for, but it wasn't bad. The epilogue felt out of place, though...sure it was kindof sweet, but it raises a host of questions that just aren't answered. Why raise the questions when we're...
  • Carole Jarvis
    This book goes on my "best of 2013" list, probably my all-time favorites also. Can't believe it's taken me this long to discover the wonderful writing of Chris Fabry. Highly recommended!Full review:http://booksmusicandlife.blogspot.com...
  • Carol
    This is the first time that I have read a book by Chris Fabry. Even though it kept my interest through the whole story, I am puzzled by it. Sometimes it seems like there were two many characters and I wanted main character to speak more so that we knew more of what she was thinking or feeling. One character, Miriam Howard is sort of a guide for us in this book. She is the director of the Desert Gardens is preparing for retirement soon but someth...
  • K. East
    This isn't a bad book; it just isn't a great one. It felt over-long to me but I can't put my finger on what contributed to the sense of moving in slow motion. A lot happens in a short time frame but that's not the sense I got as a reader. It felt like trying to move quickly through deep water -- i.e. a slog. There were bits that didn't quite seem likely, like the big pharmaceutical company agreeing to two amateur videographers interviewing a key ...
  • David Dunlap
    Chris Fabry's novels are usually an emotional experience for me -- and this one was no exception.(If anything, I found myself more involved in the story earlier in this book than in others!) -- Paige Redwine has lived a life filled with regret and fear -- regret for having been strong-armed by her parents into giving up her baby daughter some twenty years before the novel begins, and in fear of her past being discovered and adversely affecting he...
  • Amanda
    The story of Treha was intriguing, so much so that I was compelled to read the author's notes on the book. Not surprised to find that Treha was not entirely a figment of his imagination, but based loosely upon his own children, having been exposed to toxic mold. The story is not a lighthearted read, as it touches on many difficult subjects, amongst other the plight of the elderly, the issue of drugs and the attitude of pharmaceutical companies, r...
  • Karen Birman kent
    Treja is sa remarkable young lady who has the gift of connecting with people who have difficulty communicating. She is working at a nursing home and the residents just love her. Devin and Jonah are working on a video of the residents there that they then make into a funeral clip that the person is actually talkng about their life...but they dream about the big documentary that they hope to do one day. Then they see Treja...she has nystagmus and t...
  • Jill
    Treha Langsam is a mystery especially to herself. Unable to remember where she came from, she struggles with issues she does not understand. She does, however, have a gift for bringing dementia patients back to a vibrant, if only, temporary, clarity. She works at a home for the elderly who are suffering from dementia until a new director finds her idiosyncracies annoying and lets her go.With the help of the former director and a couple of documen...
  • ML Couch
    Interesting BookOkay, this wasnt the best book Ive ever read, and I thought the first half moved rather slow. However, it was interesting and and had enough of a hook to keep me reading. Im glad I stuck with it. The second half gained some speed. Several important messages in this story about how society treats our elderly and people who are different from the majority. Interesting BookOkay, this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, and I t...
  • Lewestover
    3 1/2 starsHaving read the sequel first (not knowing it was the 2nd in a duo) I was eager to learn how the story of Treha started. Treha is the victim of a pharmaceutical drug development that went awry. She is essentially alone in the world except for the elderly people she works with and the director of the home where the old folks live. This book is the beginning of Treha's search for her place in life.
  • Linda C SMITH
    A truly different novel with Christian under tones. The first of this author's books that I've read and I look forward to reading more of the 80+ novels he's written.An unusual story about a young woman who has led a difficult life, not because of what she has experienced in her life but what happened to not only her (but also her mother) prior to her birth. It gives you hope for the future, no matter what your life has held so far.
  • Chelsea
    Story of a young woman who works with the elderly. She has a gift of drawing out Alzheimers patients, but the story is more about her childhood. Somewhat Erin Brockovich in nature with a big pharmaceutical company causing harm to unsuspecting children. I actually got a little verklempt toward the end. Story of a young woman who works with the elderly. She has a “gift” of drawing out Alzheimer’s patients, but the story is more about her ch...
  • Janice Dick
    This novel revolves around a twenty-year old woman with physical/mental challenges that strongly mark her life. As various people become involved in her story, a network of secrets is revealed that can influence many lives.I thought this book started a bit slow, but developed into a good read. I've read a few of Chris Fabry's books, and they are always well-written.
  • Denise
    I read this book which is the first in the series after I read the second so I knew a little about Treha. The story of Treha and her disability is interesting. Also a good view on how important it is to treat the elderly with respect. A good book on forgiveness too.
  • Mary
    This book was slow starting. There were a lot of characters to get to know, but once I got through that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I see there is a sequel, so I will give that a shot.
  • Gerda Stroud
    A must read! Together with the continuation Looking into you.
  • Teresa Merriman
    Such a beautiful story! I am looking forward to reading the sequel.