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John 3:16 Paperback – September 23, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
With a large cast whose lives weave together throughout the book, the Christy Award–winning Moser (Time Lottery) turns the mere act of holding up a sign at a football game into a transforming catalyst for her many characters. Tragedy in a football-crazed Midwestern town leaves grave doubts in Roman Paulson's mind about God's existence. Bitterness, greed and ambition for his son to play football have driven him to push others, and God, away. The tragedy also upsets the lives of several college students, whose decisions are openly discussed with believable dialogue and strong action. Moser uses sensitive and vivid descriptions of how characters might experience grief and lays out the plot's dilemmas expertly. College-age students will enjoy the book for the recognizable binds the characters get into, and cheer when they find ways to redeem poor decisions. The football setting is only window dressing: readers expecting strong riffs on football culture only get a shined-up plasticized coach and a few players saying nice things. However, plenty of plot twists and just that touch of sport setting make this a fitting read for autumn. (Oct.)
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About the Author
Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of twenty-nine inspirational novels that focus on discovering our unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories.
Her latest historical novels are the Downton Abbey-inspired Manor House Series: "Love of the Summerfields", "Bride of the Summerfields", and "Rise of the Summerfields."
Also new is "The Pattern Artist" about Macy's and the Butterick Pattern company in 1911.
Her historical bio-novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories: "Just Jane" (Jane Austen), "Mozart's Sister" (Nannerl Mozart), "Washington's Lady" (Martha Washington) and "How Do I Love Thee?" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)
"An Unlikely Suitor" was named to Booklist's Top 100 Romance Novels of the last decade.
Nancy's time-travel novel, "Time Lottery", won a Christy Award, and "Washington's Lady" was a finalist.
Her contemporary books are known for their big-casts and intricate plotting. Some titles are "The Invitation", "John 3: 16", "Crossroads", "Solemnly Swear", "The Sister Circle", "The Seat Beside Me", and "The Good Nearby".
Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.
Find out more: nancymoser.com.
Top customer reviews
future". I've been a Christian for awhile now, and had forgotten so
many of the special moments and hard decisions that I had to make once
I gave my life completely over to the Lord. It may sound funny
sometimes when I try to explain my decision to surrender control of my
life and give it over to the Master but I have not regrets. Please
don't judge this book by its cover; it is so much more intriguing than
the cover of a guy lifting up the John 3:16 sign at a football
Nancy Moser quickly engaged me in this story with different people
living live large and on their own terms. Nancy follows the lives of
several people: Carrie, who is William Paulson's girlfriend; William,
who is a football player for the small town; Maya Morano, who is out
to be the number one sells person her company at all costs; Maya's
husband Sal, who loves his wife with all his life; Roman Paulson,
Maya's boss; William's father, John Gillingham, a bestselling author
and Velvet, his lost love; Lianne Skala who finds herself with an
unexpected pregnancy; Peter McLean, who is going to college because
his parents hope he will take over the family's farm business when he
graduates. Everyone in this town is going about
business as usual, until there is a fatal tragedy in their town that
affects everyone. People start to think about what's important in
life for the first time. It may seem hokey to some about how Nancy
Moser describes the situation of how ONE person's life reaches so
many, it made you think - I really believe we don't know how our lives
affect others around us. Look how the life of Jesus affected the
people back then and how He is still affecting people today.
It was good to be reminded of the meaning behind John 3:16 and how the
characters lives are affected by that one simple, but powerful verse.
Not everyone in that town is very excited to hear the message behind
John 3:16 and Nancy shows that. Not everyone jumps up and down for
joy because you became or are a follower of Jesus!! We are all called
to do our part - to be a planter of the seed. It's God's job to
water the seed until it ripens for the picking. I love how one of the
characters reacts after hearing the message of the John 3:16, she says
"You're talking mumbo jumbo...like it's magic. What do I have to do,
say it 3 times while standing on my head and my life will be
perfect?...Give me a break."
Nancy Moser's message is honest, sensitive, funny and entertaining.
It's a great way to talk about our faith without being pushy. It's a
great reminder (especially in these uncertain times - when everyone is
filled with fear ) of who holds our future; no matter what we struggle
I have to tell you that some sections of this book cracked me up and
reminded me of the movie "Evan Almighty". Remember when God was
trying to get Evan's attention and get him to start building the ark?
It seemed that everywhere Evan went, his eyes were opened to the signs
and he could see things clearly for the first time. It was so funny!!
Nancy has God nudgings in her book as well. It was great! It's
comforting to know that God is at work around us whether we see him or
Christian or not, you will enjoy this story which talks about peoples'
lives and the decisions they make that affect themselves and those
around them. You will see how one life has affected so many. This
ONE person gathered all the love notes that God sent him each day (not
only in the bible, but in the beauty he saw around him) and passed
that love on to others. It's a great comfort, reminder and story!!
Don't pass it up!!
Finding Hope Through Fiction
The novel is four intersecting stories, all building toward an individual tragedy that transforms the characters involved: an over-achiever fired from work, a sales manager whose life is his football-playing son, a concessions stand manager hiding her past and hiding from it, and a college student whose oddball girlfriend is pregnant. The oddball girlfriend may possibly count as a fifth story. Moser draws and develops them and the supporting cast perfectly -- they all are people we know. The story begins slowly, like a roller coaster just beginning its first ascent, and then becomes a devouring kind of read -- you can't put it down until you see what happens (I finished it at 1 a.m.).
From the cover and promotional blurb on the book, I expected the John 3:16 sign at the football game to occur much earlier than it does. But it's not so much the starting point as something closer to the conclusion. The only nit is that Moser ties the story up a bit too neatly at the end -- she loves the characters she's created and wants to save them all, so she does. But this is minor; overall, "John 3:16" is a powerful, realistic story of love and redemption.