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"Using a cinematic style, the author brings readers into the lives of several interesting characters, all on different spiritual paths. The storylines are weaved expertly in an entertaining, page-turning fashion, and there are compelling twists throughout. Now and at the Hour of Our Death is a unique masterpiece of spiritual fiction that will have the reader exploring their faith and may just give them something to believe in." - theStateOfArt.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: New Classic Books (December 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600200540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600200540
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JSB Morse is an author, speaker, and polymath. He has written several critically acclaimed novels including the political thriller "Gods of Ruin" and the spiritual fiction "Now and at the Hour of Our Death" as well as "The Evolution Diet" and the "Take Advantage" non-fiction series. He paints, creates web applications, and writes/produces music under the name Whacktus. He lives in New Orleans with his lovely wife Gina Maria and their son.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Believer on January 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In the provocative and captivating novel " Now And At the Hour of Our Death" the reader is taken on a journey of self-exploration and asked to challenge preconceived notions about faith and science and to reflect on their personal beliefs. It's a unique story, a page turner with several shocking twists and turns.

When the story opens Mary Credence, a devote and virtuous seventeen year old, the daughter of a candidate for the U.S. Senate, harbours a desire to bring an unbelieving world back to faith like a modern day Joan of Arc. What she doesn't expect as a zealous virgin is that she's pregnant. When her family finds out she holds fast to her belief in her virginity and to her conviction that the conception is a God-given miracle. What she unleashes as her discovery becomes a sensational high-profile news flash is a fight against cynicism and scorn, and to be stalked by a psychopath who believes she's carrying the anti-Christ. This is the story about a faith that doesn't spring from a miracle, but a miracle that springs from faith when faced with the impossible.

Into the heart of this plot is woven messages about love, charity, faith, forgiveness and self-sacrifice. The storyline progresses smoothly and quickly as events and tension heat up.

The characters are realistic and complex as they deal with the chaos of events that surge around them. Mary Cadence is very pious, a teen with a pure heart who seems mature beyond her years, the opposite of her jealous, promiscuous sister Hannah. Her father Benjamin is honest, truthful, compassionate and supportive while her mother Madeleine (Maddie) is an egotistical social climber with a Machiavellian personality. Mildred Hawthorne is Mary's delightful grandmother with her frank honesty, humour and wit.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Thompson on February 5, 2014
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I just finished a book written by my friend JSB Morse called Now and at the Hour of Our Death. The premise of the book is striking: How would the modern world react if the miracle of a virgin birth happened today?

The Plot

The story is told through the eyes of Mary, a young woman in high school, a devout Catholic, and the recipient of a miracle. Mary's father is running for the US Senate so news of his daughter's illegitimate pregnancy causes a scandal that impacts countless lives in unexpected ways.

Time and again we get to see how various paradigms react when confronted with this surprising claim. Tensions rise as opinions clash and, before long, many have staked their reputation on whether this girl is telling the truth.

All the while, Mary is dealing with a teen pregnancy and struggling to use this miracle for the conversion and hearts, minds and souls. But how can she possibly do that if she can't even convince her own family?

As the book climaxes many lives are changed permanently because they stood up for their varied and conflicting beliefs and refused to back down. When the book ends you are left breathless and wondering, how would I react to same thing?

The Good

There are a lot of good points about the book, but the most important is its incredible treatment of the characters. JSB Morse did three amazing things:
He created a large and diverse cast of characters, representing vastly different paradigms
He made each of these personalities feel real, with touching stories and sound logic for their opinions
He was fair in his treatment, revealing that all positions have good guys and bad guys
The result was very believable dialogues and highly entertaining interactions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy Dennis on December 13, 2013
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Absolutely phenomenal, a real page-turner. In a postmodern world where truth is subjective and belief is open to interpretation, "Now and at the Hour of our Death" offers a rare discussion on the subjects of truth and belief through fictitious characters on their own faith journeys. 17-year-old Mary Credence patiently awaits the day of her consecration, eager to devote her entire life to the Lord, and when she miraculously becomes pregnant, she believes this is what God is calling her into. What she wasn't expecting was to find herself questioning the very fabric of her identity: her faith. Morse paints a gripping tale of a rare gem in a world of evil and confusion, where everything can be explained and the simple moments in life are forgotten. Morse takes the reader on their own journey to question what they believe in, what is truly Truth, and to learn that the real miracle is clinging to your faith when everything else is falling apart. A spectacular read!
(This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dani Marie on September 10, 2014
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I just finished this page turner.

I have never read anything quite like this book about an innocent young girl and the lives she touches. At the beginning of the book, Mary, an innocent seventeen year old virgin, different from the majority of other characters her age, has great aspirations; she wants to bring people back to God.

The contemporary world inhabited by Mary and the other interesting characters mirrors the state of our world today, right this minute. We live in strange times, and people seem to have lost their way. Mary, with her strong faith, and belief in the good of others, is a shining light throughout the book, even after some hard lessons in which she learns a profound truth: Evil exists-it always has and it always will. But, good exists as well, and faith, and hope, and love.

The characters are entertaining, even the ones I found myself disliking, and the way things played out gave me plenty of food for thought. Mary had her own ideas at the beginning of the book, about how she would change the world, but God had other plans.

I plan to recommend this book to my college aged nieces.(less)
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