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
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
No foul language, no sexual situations. Just a nice, comfortable story - good plot.
Stephen. He hung in there with Ann, even though she was a difficult person.
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.
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.
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.
I love Bodie & Brock Thoene. I've read many of their books and loved them so yes I would read another.
The story line and characters were too predictable. I kept waiting for some normalcy and reality in the characters and it never came.
The story just drags and keeps dragging. If you want a good Thoene book check out the first light series.
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.
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.
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.
Steven. Orphaned and raised by loving grandparents who taught him how to look beyond appearances and love unconditionally his friends and now Ann.
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