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Beyond the Night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    'There is Life Beyond the Night'

    ¿This book reminded me of the movie ¿Notebook¿ based on a book by Nicholas Sparks. This too is a story where Paul helps his wife remember their amazing love story! Maddie, Paul¿s wife lies in a hospital bed fighting for her life. Paul decided to remind her of how they met, the adventures in college, and how their friendship blossomed into love. Each time Paul tells her part their story he stops and asks, ¿Remember Maddie?¿ He hopes helping her remember will keep her alive. Remembering will give her something to live for. There are many powerful revelations in this book but one really stays with me ¿Hope. It was a strong thing. Invisible. And real. Soft as a flowing stream, strong as a ragging torrent.¿ I love how the author gives a word picture of hope. Marlo has her characters come to this revelation of hope in the story as well. Powerful. Get your tissues ready before you start reading this heartfelt story of friendship, hope, deep love, and the discovery that God doesn¿t leave us in darkness but longs to love us in it!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    This story explodes with love and hope...

    Beyond the Night is an amazing love story that will make your heart sing. In some ways it had that sad/beautiful feel of yearning hope and unrequited love...sort of like the mood of Sparks's novel The Notebook, except this story wasn't rated R. They beauty of the author's writing style filled me with awe, and the way she used dialogue and internal thoughts to convey deep emotion took my breath away. The interaction between Maddie and Paul was so beautiful it made you long for them to realize what they had. At times I wanted to climb through the pages and tell them to wake up and do something about the way they felt. It was awesome...and holy. The spiritual journey was necessary and real, and didn't have a contrived element sometimes found in books where characters are angry at God for some loss they'd experienced. Everything flowed naturally. Even the scriptures. Beyond the Night is also a fabulous illustration of the necessity of God's perfect timing. It shows how God knows our needs and understands our pain even when we don't. It brings to mine a pop song that goes... 'You can't hurry love, no, you just have to wait...' You can't read this story without feel changed by story's end. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep inspirational romance

    Beyond the Night Marlo Schalesky Multnomah, May 2008, $12.99 ISBN: 9781601420169 In college Madison Foster and Paul Tilden were best friends who fell in love with one another. Over the years since they first met, both have hidden their deepest feelings but are always there for one another. As Maddie begins to go blind, she does not want pity from anyone especially her husband Paul or their daughter Mandy he tries to just be there like he always has. When a car crash leaves Madison unconscious in a hospital, he knows he was not at fault even if he drove their car still he feels guilt that she instead of he lies in the hospital bed. Paul is there for her as always pleading with her to come to him for this time he needs her to be there for him. He prays for his Maddie to come back to him so he can tell her how much he loves her --- This is a deep inspirational romance with an incredible final twist that will stun readers. The story line uses flashbacks to tell the back story of the lead couple as they learn God¿s plan is too complex to comprehend, even aspects of it, especially when something bad happens to someone good who is also a true believer. Readers will appreciate this toughing warm tale of two soulmates who have embraced the Lord but are learning to trust God too --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 5, 2009

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