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 personal thoughts:
The Thoene's have earned a respectful place in Christian literature. Their team work has produced some very memorable stories and their research is nothing but impeccable! Hence I jump at the chance to read any of their books!
'Beyond The Farthest Star' is somewhat different from their usual historical fiction work but has an appeal all on its own. The subject itself, a loving wholesome family on the outside, fractured and hurting on the inside is not so unusual. Father is a minister, once a successful child prodigy miracle preacher, who due to family circumstances moves to ever smaller churches. Mum loses herself in the world of romance novels and the 16 year old rebellious daughter feels unloved and unwanted and experiences depression.
Based on Andrew Librizzi's screenplay for a movie with the same name this is a powerful story dealing with family values, love and betrayal as well as spiritual issues.
A warm and delightful story guaranteed to touch your heart and stir the spirit!
This is family reading at its best and worth of course 5 stars!
About the Authors:
An amazing team, Gold Medallion Winners Bodie and Brock Thoene have enriched Christian fiction with over 65 historical novels!For more on the Bodies be sure to visit their website (here).
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