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Beyond the Farthest Star

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  196 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Beyond the Farthest Star tells the tale of a father desperate to reconnect with his daughter and regain the love of his wife. In it he discovers that reconciliation and trust begin, not with words, but with the revelation of the heart.
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Zondervan (first published December 6th 2011)
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Dec 18, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anne, daughter of Pastor Adam and Maurene Wells watches her father's every breath whose life depends on a ventilator machine.
Adam was in his element as a preacher. His profession, his calling, led him and his family from California to Leonard, Texas to a dying church. The Well's family traveled from place to place frequently and Anne always had a hard time fitting in as the new kid in school.
The plan by the town council and Adam was to display a wooden nativity scene for all to enjoy, not being
Pat W. Kirk (author name Patricia Annalee Kirk)
Pastor Adam Wells, former child evangelist and possible next Billie Graham, instead, pulled in to his new church with a sad secret, a damaged daughter and unhappy wife. Each church he accepted became smaller than the previous ones. He longed to do something important, and the burning of the nativity in the public square promised him his chance. But can he withstand Senator Cutter’s desire to annihilate his family with the old secret?

The reader wants the best for the characters—though Anne, Adam
Meagan Myhren-bennett
By Bodie and Brock Thoene
Based on the screenplay by Andrew Librizzi

The Wells family is in tatters living on the dreams of what might have been and keeping secrets that have the power to destroy them or to pull them back together. With one last chance to start over can they save their family? Adam Wells was a child preacher phenomenon and expected to be the next Billy Graham. But life turned out differently than expected and he is headed to the middle of nowhere to Leonard
Jennifer Jensen
Dec 30, 2011 Jennifer Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a preacher’s kid, I have experienced the angst of constant moving. I was miserable when I was sixteen, primarily because we moved again – the third time that year. I related, then to the story of Anne. I wrote a story when I was a sophomore in high school that prompted a phone call from the high school English teacher, and was told to write about ‘butterflies and rainbows’. While my life story wasn’t as convoluted as Anne’s in some respects, I knew her voice was authentic.

What took me 20 year
Cindy Navarro
Dec 21, 2011 Cindy Navarro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beyond The Farthest Star is the latest release from the prolific, multi-award winning team of Bodie and Brock Thoene. Known primarily for their carefully researched historical fiction, they have proven they are equally skilled in a contemporary setting. Based on the original screenplay by Andrew Librizzi, Beyond The Farthest Star is an insightful, mesmerizing story that centers on the Wells family. Adam, Maureen, and their teenaged daughter, Anne, are each struggling with internal demons that ar ...more
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to start my review with this disclaimer: Bodie and Brock Thoene, in my opinion, hold the banner for Christian Fiction. Theirs were some of the first works that I immersed myself in as a young teenager and since then, very few authors have been able to maintain that momentum in my mind. Even now, as an adult who reads professionally, that love of their work still remains deeply ingrained in my heart and I carried it into the reading of this book.

I was not disappointed. Though the story was
Lydell Reeves
Dec 26, 2011 Lydell Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly well crafted story that keeps your interest as it weaves through multilayered characters, secrets, betrayal and a thrilling but emotional outcome. What is so interesting about Beyond The Farthest Star, is that it is so rich with deep truths. It is so relevant for today. The Thoenes did an excellent job keeping my interest. I believe this story. It is a fresh look at telling a contemporary story. I am surprised that the Thoenes, recognized for historical fiction, pulled this off to perf ...more
Mimi Herbert
Feb 06, 2013 Mimi Herbert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and loved all the Thoene WWII book series. This book is going in the garbage - I won't even donate it to the library. It's good if you love, lying, deceit, darkness, evil. AT the end it all evened out very nicely, but most of the book was simply depressing. I kept reading hoping it would get better. The ending wasn't worth the read.
C.J. Darlington
I really enjoyed this story. Now I can't wait to see the movie! I will admit though, there were two times when something happened very quickly and very conveniently to challenge my suspension of disbelief. Still, a great book with an inspiring message.
Shari Turner
Jul 28, 2014 Shari Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book examines the life of a pastor's family. Families of pastors are not always wonderful. They have problems just like the rest of us. Many problems that youth have today are talked about that I had never heard of when I was a youth. Feeling loved is one of the most basic needs of a person and this need is tackled in the book. Some that read this book with me thought this was more of a youth book. The marriage relationship was also one of the topics and so I'm not sure it was just for youth ...more
Candace Lazzaro
Apr 10, 2014 Candace Lazzaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoy Bodie & Brocke Thoene books. They are a fast read, interesting and have a good Christian message without being in your face about it. This book is a bit hard to read because it's characters are so hurt but it makes for a interesting story that kept me reading. I finished it in two days because I couldn't put it down. It's a story that I could recommend to my non-Christian friends because it doesn't soft pedal the message. The ending is a little far-fetched but I would have been disap ...more
Vera Godley
The authors have written an entirely different type of book with Beyond the Farthest Star from their usual reads. Their historical novels - no matter the timeline - are always wonderful reads. This new book deals with characters who are flawed, deceptive, and evil. The meanness of some of the characters literally makes my skin crawl. I am not speaking of demons and dragons or supernatural. I am referring to the downright meanness of the human nature of fallen men.

The book opens with the family
Evangheline Farcas
Another great book by the Thoenes. This book was read and presented by the author Bodie Thoene and I loved hearing one of my favorite authors present this great redeeming story. It is a story of a family who's faith in God long ago died, yet events push them to look to the only One who can take their pieces of thier shattered life and put it back together. In it we find what happens when lies come to the surface and the pain one lie can cause. I loved the end the most, it was presented with flar ...more
May 15, 2013 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Others have given a good overview of this book, so I'll just say that I thought this book did a really good job of reminding us to look beyond a person's outward appearance and see that many times, it's a mask for deep hurt inside.

This is part of a conversation between Stephen and Potsy (his grandfather)... (Potsy) "Kinda like Midnight and her barbwire scars. Crazy, wild thing. Got herself caught in the wire and fought to free herself. Deeper the wire cut, the more she kicked. The tighter that
Allison Wheeler
Dec 04, 2014 Allison Wheeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars and rounded up. :)
There was definitely moments when I thought it was a boring read, but I kept on and really ended up liking the story and characters. This book was the text version of a lifetime movie. :) so if you like the borderline cheesy yet tragic stories with a happy ending, then you'll enjoy this book.
Feb 06, 2015 Erica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed the historical fiction written by the Thoenes, but I was let down by this one. I knew before I was halfway through that it didn't hit the right chords for me, but I finished it because I don't like to give up on a book if I can help it. The story was not terribly engaging, and some of the motives for the characters' actions seemed contrived and stretched. Some elements of the story were certainly cliche. I wish that it had been better, as usually I really enjoy these author ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most Christian fiction fans know Bodie and Brock Thoene for their historical fiction, especially the multiple Zion series about Israel during and around World War II. Beyond the Farthest Star, however, is not only set in a contemporary setting, it also is an adaptation of an upcoming movie. I had rather mixed feelings about the book; although the writing was good, the story wasn't all that engaging, and the "poetry" contained in the book was just plain dumb. It did keep me wanting to know what t ...more
Michele Stuart
Not the deepest plot compared to other Thoene books but still a nice read. Found the ending a little pat but the redemption of characters is always nice!
Feb 24, 2015 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book - shows the struggles faced (sometimes over the top) by children of Pastors... A good story - worth a read
2 1/2 stars - super depressing! There wasn't enough good throughout the book to balance the bad - no comic relief.
Feb 28, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Would be better if the story was filled out more. This seemed almost to be an outline of a story.
Libby Sellers
Aug 27, 2015 Libby Sellers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was not my favorite. I still am not sure how the daughters life got into such a mess, in fact how the family's life did when they were happy at one time. I listened to the audio book so maybe I missed something? it was adapted from a screen play so I don't know if that played a part but it left me with a hazy feeling of how did they get here.

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Brock and Bodie Thoene are two of my favorite authors. This novel was a big departure from the Thoene's usual historical fiction, but still excellent. The story line deals with a Pastor, several troubled teenagers, the effects of abuse, the longterm reach of lies, and separation of church and state issues. Interesting from beginning to end, I could not put this one down easily. One character seemed to change too abruptly with no explanation to be believable to me, but I do recommend this one for ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Ninalyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite.
Jun 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved the THoene books as they are full of historical data as well as a very well constructed plot. This story surprised me because it happens nowadays. The plot as usual is excellent set in today's history with great psychological insights. I was surprised at their amount of knowledge in the world of psychology. I read this book onphone and really enjoyed it. Loved the ending.
Jul 02, 2012 Leanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very intriguing; kept me turning pages to find out all family's secrets. None of the characters were likable in the beginning, but by the end, I realized all the hurts that each of them carried and it made me empathize with each of them. Definitely different than any other Thoene book I've read as it's not historical fiction, but contemporary.
Sep 04, 2013 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved the other books I have read by this author. This book however was very disappointing. The storyline was very depressing and hard to follow. It was choppy going back and forth between characters. It started out ok, but I kept reading hoping it would get better. It did not.
Feb 02, 2013 Jeanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book intrigues me as it is the story of a minister and his family. Being the daughter of a retired minister, I'm guessing that I will find a lot to relate to in this story.
Brenda Wharton
Jun 03, 2012 Brenda Wharton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A pastor and his dysfunctional family all have their secrets from each other and from the people in their new community. This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness and faith
Charity U
Mar 04, 2012 Charity U rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Or 3 1/2 stars. It's based on a screenplay. It's a little weird, and I've liked other stuff I've read by the Thoenes better, but this wasn't bad.
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BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. These best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.

Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday E
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