Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beyond the Farthest Star {based on the screenplay by Andrew Librizzi} by Brock & Bodie Thoene

Book Description:  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 church---Adam 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 fight---the 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 he's 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.

My Review:  This story, Beyond the Farthest Star, by Brock & Bodie Thoene was not what I was expecting.  After reading the description of the book I was expecting a story about a demented man who was against nativity scenes and totally against God.  
Well, that is not what this read is about!  It's so much more!  
Every family seems to have its skeletons but my!oh!my!  the Wells' family seems to have more than their share. 
The book begins in a hospital room with the "darth vader breathing machine" breathing for Adam Wells.  Hs daughter, Anne, is there...thinking!  And then chapter one.
Adam Wells takes one last chance for a pastoral position in a small Texas town of Leonard...right outside of Dallas.  Lots of cowboys, dust and gossips.  But more than that, Adam wants no needs to make one last effort to be the "Billy Graham", the wonder preacher boy that his father insisted he be. 
Then there's Anne who loathes moving to Leonard and her life seems to be one big shambles.  She doesn't respect her father, Adam, and it seems that she tolerates her mother, Maurene.  But after moving to Leonard all three of these family members come to grips with the "why" of their individual existence and of God's purpose for each of their lives.
Then the secrets ... secrets have a way of exploding and making one big bang!  
The life of a pastor's family is unashamedly presented with a passion that can only come when we see "beyond the farthest star!"
Another grand read by the Thoenes!
*This book was provided for review from Zondervan*
Meet the Authors:
Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced "Tay-nee") have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won 8 ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered--the Thoenes are not only master stylists but also experts at capturing readers' minds and hearts.
In their timeless classic series about Israel (The Zion Chronicles, The Zion Covenant, and The Zion Legacy), the Thoenes' love for both story and research shines.
With The Shiloh Legacy series and "Shiloh Autumn"--poignant portrayals of the American Depression--and The Galway Chronicles, which dramatically tell of the 1840s famine in Ireland, as well as the 12 books in the Legends of the West series, the Thoenes have made their mark in modern history.
In the A.D. Chronicles, their most recent series, they step seamlessly into the world of Yerushalayim and Rome, in the days when Yeshua walked the earth and transformed lives with His touch.
  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Mti edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310336104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310336105

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