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Multnomah Books / 2008 / Paperback

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Maddie Foster is blind, but she never wanted pity---especially from Paul Tilden. Paul enjoyed his friendship with Maddie---but questioned his own judgment when he fell in love. Now Maddie lies unconscious in a hospital bed and her husband is left alone to recall their courtship---and await the final mystery in God's plan! 304 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601420161
ISBN-13: 9781601420169
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Publisher's Description

They say love is blind. This time they’re right…

As a woman lies unconscious in a hospital bed, her husband waits beside her, urging her to wake up and come home. Between them lies an ocean of fear and the tenuous grip of memories long past. Memories of wonder. Of love. Memories of a girl named Madison and a boy named Paul…

Madison Foster knew she was going blind. But she didn’t want pity–not from her mother, not from her roommate, and especially not from her best friend Paul–the man she secretly loved.

Paul Tilden knew a good thing when he saw it. And a good thing was his friendship with Maddie Foster. That is, until he started to fall in love.

With the music of the seventies as their soundtrack and its groovy fashions as their scenery, Maddie and Paul were drawn together and driven apart. Then one night changed everything…forever.

And only now, when life tiptoes past the edge of yesterday, along the rim of today, can they glimpse the beauty that awaits them…beyond the night.

Author Bio

Marlo Schalesky is the author of several books, including Veil of Fire, Only the Wind Remembers, Cry Freedom, and Freedom’s Shadow. A graduate of Stanford University, Marlo also has a masters of theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Married nearly twenty years, she lives with her husband, Bryan, and their four daughters in California.

Praise for <I>Beyond the Night</I>

“In this engaging story, Marlo Schalesky invites the reader on a journey that explores the difference between sight and vision. Her writing is not only compelling, but also accurately depicts the world of light and shadow and attempts to answer the age old question: Is love blind?”
JIM STOVALL, president, Narrative Television Network, and author of The Ultimate Gift

“Marlo Schalesky has the ability to take your emotions on a roller coaster of a ride. Beyond the Night is an incredible novel that reminds readers of the supernatural power of everlasting love.”
KRISTIN BILLERBECK, author of The Trophy Wives Club

“Beyond the Night is a gripping, tender love story with a poignant twist and profound life lessons for anyone facing darkness. The surprise ending made me want to read this moving book all over again!”
SUSAN MAY WARREN, award-winning author of Taming Rafe

“No exaggeration—Beyond the Night is a wonder! Marlo Schalesky leaves no emotion unturned throughout the telling of this story of family, friendship, faith, loss, and love.. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did, with a surprise ending that called for a box of tissues. I will definitely be reading more from this author.”
TAMARA LEIGH, author of Splitting Harriet and Faking Grace

“Beyond the Night is a beautifully written novel and a brilliant love story. Marlo Schalesky created two characters that I cared deeply about and took me on a journey through the joys and heartbreaks in their relationship. The ending stunned me, and I closed the book with a smile. An incredible conclusion and a lasting reminder of the hope that is just beyond the night
MELANIE DOBSON, author of The Black Cloister and Together for Good

“In her latest offering, Marlo Schalesky leads readers down an unexpected path to a place of breathtaking, yet gentle, surprise. Richly layered with symbolism and meaning, Beyond the Night is a story that leaves a mark on the heart. Expect to be touched by this story. Expect to be moved. Expect to be changed. Highly recommended.”
ANNETTE SMITH, author of Bigger Life and A Crooked Path

“Paul and Maddie's story—a powerful tale of both darkness and glorious light—moved me deeply. I can't recommend it highly enough. I've always loved Marlo Schalesky's historical fiction, and now, I love her contemporary fiction too. Move over, Nicholas Sparks! There's a new author in town.”
LAURA JENSEN WALKER, author of Miss Invisible and Reconstructing Natalie

“Beyond the Night is a tender, gracious story that challenges and inspires the reader. Marlo Schalesky is a talented writer who pulls no punches in this intimate look at family dysfunction and redemption. Beyond the Night is a love story for the ages.”
KATHRYN MACKEL, author of Vanished

“Marlo Schalesky’s Beyond the Night is a tour de force; a deeply emotional portrayal of two lives and the many different kinds of love.”
LYN COTE, author of Blessed Assurance

“Beyond the Night is a captivating story. A beacon shining the way to new life and abiding love.”
ROXANNE HENKE, author of After Anne, The Secret of Us, and Learning to Fly

“Marlo Schalesky weaves a beautiful, fierce story, intertwining love, pain, regret, and hope. Through a character's blindness, you will find yourself seeing like never before. The end will you leave you breathless!”
RENE GUTTERIDGE, author of The Occupational Hazards Series

“Beyond the Night is dazzling! A brilliant beacon of light in a world of darkness and fear. You will walk away a changed person.”
JOHN OLSON, author of Fossil Hunter and Shade

“From the first paragraph of Beyond the Night I was transfixed. A story to keep you wanting more and prose so stunning I felt every word. Beyond the Night reminds me again why Marlo Schalesky is one of my favorite authors.”
TRICIA GOYER, author of A Whisper of Freedom

“A story of love and grace told as only Marlo Schalesky can so beautifully tell it.”
Cindy (Martinusen) Coloma, author of Orchid House

“Marlo Schalesky takes us into the depths of her character's souls where we see reflections of our own worst and best moments. Her writing makes make me weep, laugh, and embrace once again the God who doesn't always give me the answers I seek, but always offers me His presence. Her stories are not to be missed.”
JANELLE CLARE SCHNEIDER, author

Editorial Reviews

“In this engaging story, Marlo Schalesky invites the reader on a journey that explores the difference between sight and vision. Her writing is not only compelling, but also accurately depicts the world of light and shadow and attempts to answer the age-old question: Is love blind?” 
- Jim Stovall, president, Narrative Television Network, and author of The Ultimate Gift

“Paul and Maddie’s story–a powerful tale of both darkness and glorious light–moved me deeply. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’ve always loved Marlo Schalesky’s historical fiction, and now, I love her contemporary fiction too. Move over, Nicholas Sparks! There’s a new author in town.”
- Laura Jensen Walker, author of Miss Invisible and Reconstructing Natalie

“Marlo Schalesky has the ability to take your emotions on a roller coaster of a ride.  Beyond the Night is an incredible novel that reminds readers of the supernatural power of everlasting love.”
- Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Trophy Wives Club

Beyond the Night is a gripping, tender love story with a poignant twist and profound life lessons for anyone facing darkness. The surprise ending made me want to read this moving book all over again!”
- Susan May Warren, award-winning author of Taming Rafe

“No exaggeration–Beyond the Night is a wonder! Marlo Schalesky leaves no emotion unturned throughout the telling of this story of family, friendship, faith, loss, and love. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did, with a surprise ending that called for a box of tissues. I will definitely be reading more from this author.”
- Tamara Leigh, author of Splitting Harriet and Faking Grace

Beyond the Night is a beautifully written novel and a brilliant love story. Marlo Schalesky created two characters that I cared deeply about and took me on a journey through the joys and heartbreaks in their relationship. The ending stunned me, and I closed the book with a smile. An incredible conclusion and a lasting reminder of the hope that is just beyond the night.”
- Melanie Dobson, author of The Black Cloister and Together for Good

“In her latest offering, Marlo Schalesky leads readers down an unexpected path to a place of breathtaking, yet gentle, surprise. Richly layered with symbolism and meaning, Beyond the Night is a story that leaves a mark on the heart. Expect to be touched by this story. Expect to be moved. Expect to be changed. Highly recommended.” 
- Annette Smith, author of A Bigger Life and A Crooked Path

“Marlo Schalesky is a talented writer who pulls no punches in this intimate look at family dysfunction and redemption. Beyond the Night is a love story for the ages.”
- Kathryn Mackel, author of Vanished

Beyond the Night is a tour de force. A deeply emotional portrayal of two lives and the many different kinds of love.”
- Lyn Cote, author of Blessed Assurance

Beyond the Night is a captivating story. A beacon shining the way to new life and abiding love.”
- Roxanne Henke, author of After Anne, The Secret of Us, and Learning to Fly

“Marlo Schalesky weaves a beautiful, fierce story, intertwining love, pain, regret, and hope.   Through a character's blindness, you will find yourself seeing like never before. The end will you leave you breathless!”
- Rene Gutteridge, author of The Occupational Hazards Series

Beyond the Night is dazzling! A brilliant beacon of light in a world of darkness and fear. You will walk away a changed person.” 
- John Olson, author of Fossil Hunter and Shade

“From the first paragraph of Beyond the Night I was transfixed. A story to keep you wanting more and prose so stunning I felt every word. Beyond the Night reminds me again why Marlo Schalesky is one of my favorite authors.”
- Tricia Goyer, author of A Whisper of Freedom

“A story of love and grace told as only Marlo Schalesky can so beautifully tell it.”
- Cindy (Martinusen) Coloma, author of Orchid House

“Marlo Schalesky takes us into the depths of her character's souls where we see reflections of our own worst and best moments. Her writing makes make me weep, laugh, and embrace once again the God who doesn't always give me the answers I seek, but always offers me His presence. Her stories are not to be missed.”
- Janelle Clare Schneider, author

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  1. M. Pieper
    Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 6, 2010
    M. Pieper
    Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    Click. The camera closes in on a woman in a hospital bed. The tubes and machines indicate that shes fighting for her life. But is she?Click. A man waits at her bedside, remembering.Click. A college friendship blooms into the love God planted long before.Click. The pain of a genetic curse of blindness deepens with the revelation of past secrets and present betrayal.These scenesand many moremake Beyond the Night the stuff movies are made of. We follow author Marlo Schaleskys camera of words as she records the love-memories of Paul and Maddy. Through vivid description, realistic dialogue, and judicious use of flashbacks, she unwinds a story that combines the power of enduring love with the angst of hidden wounds, the depth of true-to-life characters with a page-turning storyline.The imperfections of Schaleskys characters help us identify with each one. Their tender, tangled relationships remind us of our own lives. And the books surprising, hope-filled conclusion draws us back to the essentials.At times, the author said a little too much. I wanted to draw my own conclusions about Paul and Maddy, and she made most of them for me. But I find that a minor flaw in a work that delighted and inspired me. I hope to read more from Marlo Schalesky and look forward to my next opportunity to look through her multifaceted lens.
  2. KLouie16
    Cedar Hill, Tx
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 28, 2009
    KLouie16
    Cedar Hill, Tx
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I laughed and I cried, and then I cried some more. This book is about friendship, love, sacrafice, and hope. Paul stands by Maddie in her darkest hour to her finest moment. He never gave up on her and he was reminded that Jesus loved Maddie more than he ever could. That gave him the courage to go for true love.This book had me in tears most of the time.
  3. Karen Peale
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2009
    Karen Peale
    The person who gave this book two stars very clearly did not understand this book, it's message and how the storyline went. I won't go into too much detail because I would spoil the ending for a future reader. I COULD NOT put this book down. It is beautifully written and with tremendous insight from this author. We should all be a brave as the heroine and the author. It has a kicker of an ending and you will need a box of tissues. The only two authors that have ever touched me this much are Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers.
  4. Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 14, 2008
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    Youve read them before: boy meets girl, boy and girl become friends, boy and girl resist their friendship developing into anything more, and so on. The stubborn love story, wherein the characters refuse to acknowledge and/or embrace their love for each other. Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky is on one level such a story, but it develops into so much more.I am not typically a reader of romance stories; I can assure you that this is not your typical light and fluffy romantic fare. Paul and Maddies struggles with the imminent loss of vision and faith, and their own shortcomings add depth and meaning to the story of their love. I was relieved to find that the tale of their developing affections free them from sensual engagements. Too many romantic stories are mired in the promise or acts of physical intimacy, the reason I normally avoid the genre.I was drawn to this title for several reasons the assurance that the characters involved would marry, the spiritual struggle and theme of spiritual darkness brought on by the blindness and the promise of a surprise ending - I couldnt resist. Schalesky doesnt disappoint on any of these counts. Many would feel that a story in which you know the outcome of relationship would be without suspense or uncertainty. Countless titles offer formulaic and predictable endings; a skillful author, Schalesky succeeded in taking me by surprise with the books conclusion.Read it for the love story, the spiritual struggle, or the surprise ending, but do read it. Paul and Maddies deep and enduring love along with their faith in God overcomes their fears and takes them Beyond the Night. You wont want to miss this one. Ill be watching for future releases from Schalesky, who is writing more titles with unexpected endings.P.S. This is one youll want to share with your girlfriends.
  5. Stacey
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 26, 2008
    Stacey
    Marlo Schaleskys Beyond the Night beautifully tells the story of Maddie and Paul. Beginning with an automobile accident, the author weaves the characters pasts with their present to bring the reader to several spiritual revelations. Some of these truths include the fact that righteous lives are not free of trouble, looking for God when you cant easily see Him makes Him more evident in painful circumstances. Schalesky effectively shares how much Jesus loves us, and brings to light how we can love others well.This is a thoughtfully written novel that really made me think about how and why God has answered my prayers as He has. The characters circumstances made me grateful for my own position in life. It showed me that fear is a thief that will rob me of life if I allow it to do so. The book also contains a thought-provoking list of discussion questions. This would be a wonderful reading group pick!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Marlo Schalesky
Located in: Salinas, California
Submitted: April 28, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I love iced white mochas (with peppermint, please!) from Starbucks, reading the New Testament in Greek, and watching the hummingbirds flit outside the windows of the solarium-turned-office in my log home in California. But more than that, I love reading horse books to my 8-year-old daughter, doing workbooks with my 5-year-old daughter, and playing chase-and-giggle with my almost-3-year old twins (again, both girls!). In my free time, between loads of laundry and picking up toys, I run a construction consulting firm, and write a regular column for Power for Living. I've written over 600 articles for various magazines and a number of books which you can find here on the CBD site. I have a bachelor's degree in Chemistry (of all things!) from Stanford University and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (hence, my love of New Testament Greek).

    What was your motivation behind this project?  For me, this book came out of a dream, from characters who were born in the middle of the night, but refused to leave me alone in the daytime. They insisted their story be told. And so, I have told it. And in telling it, I hope that readers will find hope and courage to face the places of darkness and fear in their own lives, and overcome them.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Hopefully, folks will be left with mouth agape and soggy tissues! But beyond that, I hope readers will come to see that there is no darkness, no circumstances, no fear, no trouble, that is beyond the reach of God’s love. And I hope readers will gain courage and hope for facing life's challenges by “living” through Maddie and Paul’s adventures.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Maddie’s journey through blindness and fear grows out of my family’s experiences. It also, in a broader sense, comes out of my own. For even though blindness is a specific malady, Maddie’s condition is also a metaphor for the dark times we all face. For the difficulties that come and rattle our faith, for those times when we can’t see what’s ahead, when life is masked by shadow and doubt. For Maddie, losing her physical sight prompted her journey through doubt and fear. For me, it was infertility and miscarriage. If there’s one thing I know about it’s living the life God has given you when it’s not the life you dreamed. Infertility taught me how to do that. It taught me that life takes unexpected turns and dark, difficult times come. And it taught me that it’s not the darkness that will destroy you, but the fear of it. So, in many ways Beyond the Night explores my own questions, my own doubts, my own faith journey in facing the darkness, facing fear, with hope and dignity. That’s why Beyond the Night is about overcoming the fear of the unknown , rather than letting it overcome you. It’s about finding the light, the hope, the promise that lies beyond the darkness. And I think we could all use that, whether we’re going physically blind or not.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  For Beyond the Night, my inspiration was the moving love stories of Nicolas Sparks (The Notebook) matched with the Never-Saw-It-Coming ending twists of various M. Night Shymalan movies (such as The Sixth Sense). I'm hoping Beyond the Night captures both the emotional impact of a Sparks love story and the breath-taking surprise of a Shymalan movie!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Please visit my website at MarloSchalesky dot com and drop me a note. I love to get email from my readers! Also check out my blog (you'll see the link on my website!) for the latest news, thoughts, and adventures in my journey with God. I hope you'll be encouraged and filled with the wonder of our incredible, VIVID God!

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