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Beyond the Farthest Star: A Novel | [Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene]

Beyond the Farthest Star: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Bodie and Brock Thoene (P)2012 Zondervan

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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 08-27-12
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond the Farthest Star the most enjoyable?

    No foul language, no sexual situations. Just a nice, comfortable story - good plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen. He hung in there with Ann, even though she was a difficult person.


    What does Bodie Thoene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Because Bodie is one of the authors, she obviously knows what needs to be said and how. She is not, however, a polished narrator, but acceptable, nonetheless.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I am a long-time fan of the Thoenes (pronounced Tay-Nee), having read their Zion Chronicles when they were first published and I was a new Christian. Their historic novels are excellent and an exciting read. I wish Audible would carry some of those!! I only gave this book 4 stars because, IMO, it was not up to par. Still, a nice story. One that I would recommend for Christian teens, because the story centers around the 16- yr old daughter, Ann, and her relationship with her parents as well as her peers. The sub-plot has to do with the husband-wife relationship and also the pastor-husband's ambitions to be another Billy Graham.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Newbern, TN USA 01-25-14
    Amazon Customer Newbern, TN USA 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm a Thoene fan but..."
    Would you try another book from Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene and/or Bodie Thoene?

    I love Bodie & Brock Thoene. I've read many of their books and loved them so yes I would read another.


    What was most disappointing about Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene ’s story?

    The story line and characters were too predictable. I kept waiting for some normalcy and reality in the characters and it never came.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bodie Thoene?

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    What character would you cut from Beyond the Farthest Star?

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    Any additional comments?

    The story just drags and keeps dragging. If you want a good Thoene book check out the first light series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Franktown, CO, United States 08-02-13
    Sandra Franktown, CO, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Something was missing"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond the Farthest Star the most enjoyable?

    this book had places that I think just dropped the story. I was really disappointed because Brock and Bodie Thoene are some of my all time favorite authors. This story just skipped around in a lot of places and was hard to keep track of the story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Lokits Deerfield Beach, FL, United States 07-02-12
    Judy Lokits Deerfield Beach, FL, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great values story"

    As my first Thoene book that was not a historical fiction novel, I felt a little dissappointed in the lack of detail and historical veracity given. But then it was not meant to be a story that opened up my understanding of some far away place. Perhaps that's why it felt so different.
    The problem, I came to eventually see, was that the challenges each member of this family travailed through were just a little too close to those of families I've known or personally could relate to. They weren't pretty and bigger than life. They were the ugly effects of the culture in which we now live. Even being a Christian was not enough to keep them from being victimized by the Evil One and those he influences.
    In an agonizing process, the power of God made itself known and each member of this family responds, but there is some suspense as to when this would happen. I was relieved that God and forgiveness and obedience and many other values were vindicated, and that I was left with hope for our difficult times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Minda Wheaton, IL, United States 06-04-12
    Minda Wheaton, IL, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Farthest Star to be better than the print version?

    N/a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Farthest Star?

    Lunchroom scene when Steven invites Ann to join him and his friends at his table. I love his steadfastness and good intentions could not be put off my Ann's gruffness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Steven took Ann to meet his horse Midnight; the explanation for how Midnight got her horrendous scars and how his mother loved the horse to healing; all the while the readers are paralleling Midnight's woundedness with Ann's.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beyond the Farthest Star and why?

    Steven. Orphaned and raised by loving grandparents who taught him how to look beyond appearances and love unconditionally his friends and now Ann.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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