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Moe [Kindle Edition]

Jim Hamlett
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Two are better than one…for if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!" Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV

Fresh from seminary, Moses Mackenzie leaves his beloved Scotland and travels to the rural upstate of South Carolina. He searches not only for work that will give meaning to his life, but for an answer to the question that has plagued him since childhood: How does the mutation of a single gene square with being “…fearfully and wonderfully made…”?

In South Carolina, Moe meets Kirk Vaughn, pastor of the Blue Ridge Fellowship, a man desperate for a miracle. When Kirk realizes the last candidate for associate pastor is a man named Moses, he believes God may be sending a “prophet” with the miracle the whole church is expecting. Full of anticipation, Kirk arrives at the airport to pick up their guest, but instead of the prophet-like figure he expects, he finds a dwarf in kilt—a miniature Moses-in-a-skirt.

Through circumstances that neither man envisions, Moe and Kirk are thrown into a working relationship that tests their understanding of themselves, of each other, and of what it means to be a true friend. Each man travels to the end of his own way before realizing the answer to his need lies on a path he least expects.

Moe is a story of friendship—of how desperately we need at least one true friend to help us up when the inevitable trials of life put us down.

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About the Author

Jim Hamlett has been a professional pilot for nearly 30 years, flying throughout the continental U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Moe is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Graceful Word (March 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RVBDB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moe: My New Best Friend March 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There are many reasons to suggest a good book: a strong, engaging, internally consistent plot; real-life characters you feel like you've met before or wish you could; accessible, beautiful sentences which draw you along and lift you up; conflict and tension; insights into the common and not-so-common plights of what it means to be a part of the human race; a setting easy to envision and feel a part of. It's all there between the covers of Moe, a simply great story which teaches, encourages, motivates and leaves you smiling with satisfaction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like MOE March 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For me, growing up in the realm of Church politics, as the son of a South Carolina Methodist Minister, it was very easy to relate to many of the characters in Moe. I feel that Jim Hamlett has written an accurate portrayal of personalities and interactions typical for that type of setting. He's created a great character with Moe, who's a very like-able and interesting fellow. The mix of humor, awkwardness, and drama was well blended to provide a very enjoyable read. Great job! I'm looking forward to reading more about the experiences of Moe in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read! March 22, 2011
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"Moe" is an interesting book because it presents a solid Christian message in a very unique way. The setting and circumstances are striking for their combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Most of us can relate to the challenges of relationships within a church, or watching people we know grapple with illness or the death of a loved one. Few of us can relate to the challenges of being a "little person" or growing up in a Scottish orphanage. This combination provides a fascinating blend. I find the story refreshingly different from other Christian story-novels I have read. The characters are vivid and colorful while being warmly "real". Woven through the whole story is a beautiful theme of friendship. I recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book April 25, 2012
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This is a wonderful book peopled with living, breathing people. Moe, the title character, is a lovable fellow. I was rooting for him from the start.

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.'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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommending this to my book club. July 6, 2012
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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 getting salted and salted with every page after that. The humor and warmth of the down-to-earth characters and the love, friendship, and crises in their lives drew me in. I HAD to know what happened next! I loved the unapologetic Christianity that wasn't preachy or overwhelming--just Rock-steady and completely real. I'm recommending this to my book club for our next fiction read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of Christan Literature, but I loved Moe! June 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A friend gave me this book, and I agreed to read it.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying read
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 more
Published on February 27, 2013 by Mary Lynn Bushong
5.0 out of 5 stars a reader/writer from South Carolina
A strong friendship demonstrating Christian love between men--
how important is that? It's the difference between mental health and deep depression. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by reader-writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Need More Moe
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 more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Audra
5.0 out of 5 stars MOE
Published on June 12, 2012 by CHRSTINA BARR
5.0 out of 5 stars A good friend, a day to spend.
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 more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Patrice H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smooth, Satisfying Read
Jim Hamlett's `Moe' is an incredible story of love, tragedy, and forgiveness--and delivers on all those promises. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Peter Leavell
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, first novel
For a first novel, Moe is extremely good; for a first-time Christian novel, it's even better. Hamlet avoids pounding the gospel message into readers--most of whom are believers... Read more
Published on January 8, 2012 by Cecil Murphey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Moe is truly one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. It captured my interest immediately with the introduction of characters and easy flow of words. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Moe: Desire to Grow
Compelling characters, believable plot, and a message of change all come together nicely in this first novel by Jim Hamlett. Read more
Published on June 13, 2011 by Nancy
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More About the Author

Jim Hamlett (1951 - ) I've been a professional pilot for more than thirty years, flying throughout the continental U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Born in the heart of North Carolina, reared in Virginia's Tidewater, I've been settled in the upstate of South Carolina for nearly forty years. I live with my wife in a house we built in a quiet corner at the foot of a mountain. "Moe" is my first novel. My short story "Squall Line" is the first to appear in an anthology of stories entitled "Out of the Storm."

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.


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