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I'm currently working on the sequel to "Moe" and a series of short stories entitled "Fruit of the Spirit," nine stories based on Galatians 5:22-23.
Top Customer Reviews
Then I found out that it was classified as "Christian literature." I've read books from this genre that were basically hundreds of pages of judgement or opinion on moral and even political issues, thinly disguised as a "story."
So I dreaded opening the book, but once I got started reading it I found myself enjoying it much more than I had expected. Not only did I forget that I was reading Christian literature, I forgot that I was reading. The very best writing is so well-crafted and tightly edited that it "disappears" from view and leaves you noticing nothing but the story, the characters and the scenes.
The characters are deep and appealing, and the focus is on the friendships between them. The book includes very complex and believable descriptions of many kinds of friendships, including the easy, natural friendships between children; the more complicated friendships between adults that have grown apart and have different views; and the most difficult friendships when there are serious disagreements - complete with awkward silences, unreturned phone calls, avoiding each other at the convenience store, and even raised voices.
We get to know the characters and watch as they struggle with the deep questions about friendship.
"How do I juggle my important friendships with my busy life and all the demands on my time?"
"How do I show support for a friend in difficult circumstances when I don't know what to say?"
"Do I confront my friend when I disagree with him or should I just try to ignore his behavior?"
Moe is a book that will stay on my shelf. It needs to be read again (I read it much too quickly the first time) but I've already bought copies for friends who will also love it.
They will also look askance at me for giving them a "Christian" book, and will probably dread starting it as well. But I look forward to the conversations afterward.
This book will appeal to people who like Jan Karon's Mitford books. I hope more are on the way, because I'm attached to the characters and I want to see what happens to them. I want to see what happens with Moe's relationships with people from his past, and I want to see if the secretary ever trades in her chocolates for salads, and I want to see the new couples struggle and I want to see if the broken-up couples get back together.
I was very attracted to the less-than-perfect Christians in the book who were all just like people in the church I go to. I love Moe, best, for his commitment to Christ and his struggles with loneliness.
I don't think this was a perfect book. But when I considered how many stars to give, I had to go with five because the book kept me interested. When I wasn't reading it I was thinking about getting back to it. I teared up in places. I laughed in places. So...it's a five-star book.
I think the cover is not as good as the book deserves. If the publisher happens to be reading...I'd suggest they try that place where designers compete for jobs. 99 designs dot com. Or hire a new design guy. This cover doesn't stink, by any means, but... this book is going to be attractive to the people who like Mitford. So I think if the titles and covers of future books were more like Mitford books that might be good.
There are going to be more books, I hope! Really. I want to see more of Moe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved Moe the book and Moe the character. It was a great book for my book club to discuss as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by screader
My book club read this book and got a overwhelming approval (something that rarely happens in our club). It is a wonderful read, one that I did not want to put down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C.S.
I just finished reading Jim Hamlett's book, Moe. What a great story. It has all the right elements, likeable characters, plot twists, humor, suspense, and a villain we've all met... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Mary Lynn Bushong
A strong friendship demonstrating Christian love between men--
how important is that? It's the difference between mental health and deep depression. Read more
This well written book is in the spirit of Jan Karon's Mitford series, but better. I truly enjoyed every word and didn't want the book to end. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Audra
I couldn't put this book down. That surprised me because I like high-suspense, high-action stories. But the character of Moe grabbed me from the first page, and my curiosity kept... Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Stephanie Prichard
I AM AN AVID READER AND THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I PASSED IT AROUND TO MY FAMILY AND THEY LOVED IT TOO. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by CHRSTINA BARR
Driving to the orphanage under the cover of darkness with this baby in a basket, I was in the car, anxious to see what was happening. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Patrice H.
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