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Following Yonder Star

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Kings, wise men, or magi?

They came from the East and brought gifts to the Son of Man. Some called them magi, while others named them wise kings who had seen a star. But who where they, really? Were they rulers, astronomers, philosophers, or something else?

We Three Kings is an adventure, a spiritual journey of discovery, and an extended prayer. It asks simply: What would
Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2012 by Martin Gibbs
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Review copy kindly provided by author and GR friend, Martin Gibbs, whose works on Voltaire I have read with delight.

In Robertson Davies' novel The Rebel Angels, Yerko, the Romani uncle of Maria, goes to New York and sees a Nativity play which features, among other things, the Adoration of the Magi. Unexpectedly impressed and touched to the heart by this, he comes home and sets up a creche of his own, explaining to visitors that the Wise Men brought to the "Bebby Jesus" gifts of "gold, frank inn
Nov 24, 2012 Miranda rated it it was amazing
I have to start out by saying that I've never given much thought to the three Wise Men other than what I've read about them in the Bible. I've never thought about how difficult and challenging it must have been for them to travel for a thousand miles or all the obstacles they faced. These men were kings. Rulers. They could have spent the rest of their days lying around eating, drinking and being merry but they chose to pack up a few of their belongings and follow a star. A star that would lead t ...more
Cassie McCown
Nov 23, 2012 Cassie McCown rated it it was amazing
Full review coming soon...

I'm a huge historical fiction fan, and any time that history is something biblical, that just makes it that much more exciting. I love how Martin handles the "facts" and mixes it with his own take on the story--his own unique voice. There is a perfect blend of drama and humor. This is a fantastic holiday read--for any time of the year! :-)
Lisa Jones
Dec 21, 2012 Lisa Jones rated it really liked it
When I first began to read Following Yonder Star: The Untold Trials of the Three Kings by Martin Gibbs, I thought that I was going to read a historical expose on the threadbare information known about the three kings. Why did I think this? I have no idea. The author does not mislead you in the synopsis or opening introductory pages. But that was what I had prepared my mind to read and was disappointed as I began to read historical fiction. Fortunately, Following Yonder Star is an intriguing pie ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We Three Kings" by Martin Gibbs is a story based on what the author thinks might have occured as King Balthazar, King Melchior and King Jaspar traveled to meet the newborn Son Of Man. The Bible doesn't tell us much about these three kings. The story is different than I expected but I still liked it. I have never really thought about how hard of a journey it must have been for these kings. They gave up their everything to to follow a star. They did this to find God. I never thought about Satan d ...more
Karen Hartshorn
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Hartshorn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those that like spiritual christmas stories
Recommended to Karen by: Goodreads
Shelves: book-group, classics
So I went looking for this book as a Christmas read for a book group this November. I received a copy from the author to vet. We are most definately reading it this year. It will be published in a few weeks under the new title We Three Kings, if you are interested.

I enjoyed this book very much. The beginning was a little slow and a bit confusing but once I got past the first few chapters the story picked up and got exciting.

I have thought about the journey of the wisemen while reading other book
Martin Gibbs
Jan 04, 2013 Martin Gibbs added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

"The wind was the cry of a newborn.

It wailed through the collection of dilapidated, empty huts; dust-devils, kicked up by its tendrils, bounced through the empty square that had been a town, and skipped off the dry waves that lapped at the dock. Balthazar, king of Saba, shuddered at the hauntingly real sound. A trick of the wind, surely, but still it sent a shiver through his body, though the sun seared the caked hardpan."
James Field
Mar 31, 2013 James Field rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
An expedition of moral enlightenment.
Three rich and powerful kings from three nations enjoy the same interest in astronomy. They meet every third year to cultivate their friendship and scientific studies. In the year zero, during one of these meetings, a strange cross-shaped star captures their attention. Although the star's brightness dominates the heavens, nobody but the three kings can see it.
Without delay, the kings assemble an entourage and set off to follow the beckoning star. The journey
Athena Nagel
Mar 26, 2013 Athena Nagel rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Following Yonder Star is a fictional story filling in some biblical gaps about the three wise men. This is a rare book - taking characters from the bible and history and turning them into people with personalities and adventures. The story addresses their relationships, faith, struggles and temptations. It is quite a unique perspective and I enjoyed it. Although the wise men have a major role in the biblical history, the focus was always on Jesus' birth. How did the wise men get there? Why them? ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
I never thought about what the three kings must have experienced while traveling across the country and encountering obstacles put forth by the devil to keep them from reaching the Christ child. Martin D. Gibbs' takes us on that journey with them. I understand why the kings would want to "reinvent" themselves after that encounter, but I don't know why Mr. Gibbs chose the name changes he did. It seemed a little out of place compared to the rest of the book. However, I would definitely recommend t ...more
Oct 07, 2014 Carolyn rated it liked it
It was okay. The story was interesting, I have read a few stories this year about theories of the wise men and have found them interesting. The biggest problem with this book, was the total lack of editing! I would read a passage and then re read the same one on the next page. It got irritating after a while. Also the author kept having the Kings show their anger through balling their fists and cracking their knuckles, it also got annoying by the end.
Nov 23, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
An interesting and creative look at the three wise men and their journey. I received this as a goodreads giveaway.
Barb Traver
Nov 05, 2013 Barb Traver rated it really liked it
Interesting to think about what might have been.
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I received a copy of this book for free in return for my honest review... which will be coming.
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Martin Gibbs writes in several genres, from fiction to fantasy to bizarro. He enjoys cross-country skiing, biking, and burning béarnaise sauce. He has two very active boys who share his wild imagination, and a wonderful wife who supports all the craziness.

He lives in the tropical paradise of MN.
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