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Publication Date: 2012
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When a nativity display on public property is torched by a former US Senator, the media spotlight falls on the forgotten small town of Leonard, Texas, and the new pastor of its only churchAdam Wells. Emboldened by the prospect of leading his tiny congregation in a nationally-televised, first amendment debate that he considers to be a fight for the heart and soul of America, Pastor Wells determines not to let anything or anyone, including his wife and his rebellious sixteen-year old daughter, stand in his way. But when an old high school friend unexpectedly shows up in their small town and a past secret is revealed, Pastor Wells constitutional crusade collides with an even greater fightthe fight for the heart and soul of his marriage, his daughter, and, even his own life. In this modern-day story of betrayal, forgiveness, and finally redemption, Adam Wells discovers, for the first time, the meaning of the story hes been preaching all his life and his desperate daughter understands what really is beyond the farthest star. Award-winning authors, Bodie and Brock Thoene, have written an emotional and authentic drama based on a screenplay by Andrew Librizzi and now a major motion picture.
Bodie and Brock Thoene are best-selling authors of over sixty-five works of historical fiction. Their timeless classics have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. Visit them online at www.thoenebooks.com Facebook: Bodie-and-Brock-Thoene Twitter: @BodieThoene
BetsyGlen Ridge, NJAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5September 10, 2012BetsyGlen Ridge, NJAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Very different from most of the Thoene books I've read, which contain a lot of history, and which I enjoy. However, it was a captivating story.
Barbara GuldbergNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5DifferentMay 4, 2012Barbara GuldbergNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: maleMeets Expectations: 3An interesting read but I prefer Theone's historical works.
lady5 Stars Out Of 5Great readingMarch 3, 2012ladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have alway loved the Thoene historical novels. This is great also and hope this is a series.
PatWKirkKansasGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Soon to be a MovieFebruary 18, 2012PatWKirkKansasGender: femalePastor Adam Wells, former child evangelist and possible next Billie Graham, instead, pulled in to his new church with a sad secret, a damaged daughter and unhappy wife. Each church he accepted became smaller than the previous ones. He longed to do something important, and the burning of the nativity in the public square promised him his chance. But can he withstand Senator Cutter's desire to annihilate his family with the old secret?
The reader wants the best for the charactersâ€”though Anne, Adam's daughter, dares us to like her as she does everyone in the town of Leonard.
Tim, raised by his wise grandparents, tries to give her friendship. In so doing, he brings along his dangerous friend, Kyle, who feels rejected by Tim's new bond with Anne.
This highly readable book delivers constant action. Hints of the family tragedy pepper the story, but readers must wait to know what brought them to this place. Read it only if you have time because you will find your dishes waiting while you push on to the end.
I didn't know until I finished the review that this will be a movie. I'd go if I didn't know the end. Christians can go without fear of wishing they hadn't.
I received this book through NetGalley.
VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Flawed, secret holding charactersJanuary 18, 2012VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3The authors have written an entirely different type of book with Beyond the Farthest Star from their usual reads. Their historical novels - no matter the timeline - are always wonderful reads. This new book deals with characters who are flawed, deceptive, and evil. The meanness of some of the characters literally makes my skin crawl. I am not speaking of demons and dragons or supernatural. I am referring to the downright meanness of the human nature of fallen men.
The book opens with the family in Beyond the Farthest Star resettling in a small town in Texas. The father is a preacher who began his career preaching as a young boy. The daughter (an only child) is plagued by some troubling emotional or mental condition for which she in medicated. Mom has issues and secrets and she loses herself in flamboyant romance novels. They carry secrets, each of them.
Into the mixture, we have a corrupt senator and a battle of church and state. Evil gets an opportunity to rear it's head here, too.
Supporting cast members include teens exuding peer pressure and cliques. Rock music in garages, and drunken fathers manhandling their sons.
We also find spiritual truth prevailing, but it seems to be slow in coming. Revelation of secrets and the impact they have on individuals leaves the reader reeling.
Again, The Thoenes have written a very good book. The storyline is not one I would prefer, but it is good and, sadly, probably a very real reflection on today's world.
I received a complimentary copy of Beyond the Farthest Star from Zondervan via NetGalley for review and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.