Overview After the loss of his wife, Roman Paulson's life revolves around his son, Billy. As Billy's football coach begins encroaching on Roman's relationship with his son--especially when he brings God into Billy's life--Roman starts to fear he'll lose Billy forever. Nothing could prepare Roman for what is about to happen.
Publishers Description Five people looking for a reason to keep living are about to find it in the last place they expected. After the loss of his wife, Roman Paulson's life revolves around his son Billy. As a football hero at the University of Nebraska, Billy has a promising life ahead of him. As Billy's coach begins encroaching on Roman's relationship with his son--especially when he brings God into Billy's life--Roman starts to fear he'll lose Billy forever. Nothing could prepare Roman for what is about to happen. Roman isn't the only one whose life has been turned upside down. He's one of five people whose lives are about to intersect on a bright, fall day, when one of them will hold up a sign at a football game with a short message: "John 3:16." This simple act of faith will have the power to change lives forever.
From Publishers Weekly With a large cast whose lives weave together throughout the book, the Christy Awardwinning 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.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.15" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 141432054X ISBN13 9781414320540
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Moser
Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty novels that share a common message: we each have a unique purpose the challenge is to find out what it is. Her genres include contemporary and historical novels. Her contemporary novels are known for their big-cast style, utilizing multiple points-of-view and intricate plotting (The Good Nearby, Time Lottery, Second Time Around, John 3:16, Solemnly Swear). Her historical 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.) Nancy earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She paints canes voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique humans included. Read excerpts at: www.nancymoser.com"
Nancy Moser currently resides in Overland Park, in the state of Kansas.
Reviews - What do customers think about John 3:16?
No Surprises Here Mar 8, 2010
How does everything suddenly go from okay to despair? For so many people? Even our acting for the good of another, could cause despair in the lives of others.
Roman lives football vicariously through his son Billy (William). He isn't happy with Billy's choices.
Velvet's past choices collide with the present.
Lianne is faced with new choices.
Peter might not get a choice at all.
How much thought went into Maya's choices? An old friend changes Maya's thoughts to a new direction.
I neglect to tell why I give this a 2 star since I don't want to give away the story. Suffice it to say that fairy tales have similar endings. I don't find myself running back to this. Some romance but nothing gooey.
Great book to read with no regrets. Feb 17, 2009
John 3:16 is a great book and it is especially great for young Christian believers whether your young by faith or young by age. I find this book uplifting and beautiful. It allows everyone to see God's beauty and love no matter what situation you are in. I would absolutely recommend this book, the storyline will keep you wanting to find out more!
Strength in Character Jan 26, 2009
Nancy Moser has a gift for creating real characters -- characters with flaws, hurts, and uncertainties. In other words, her characters are three-dimensional, like real people. And "John 3:16" is full of real people -- confused, dishonest, unethical, struggling, afraid, assured, convinced, judgmental, loving people. Like us.
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.
Great Read Jan 21, 2009
I loved the story line of this book. It causes people to think about God and how He sent His Son to save the world. The Gospel is clearly presented with people coming to know the Savior. Anyone reading this book can easily identify with the characters; from people who don't believe in God, to believers who have sinned, to Christians who have kept the faith. The power of one verse of Scripture, John 3:16, is a constant reminder through out the book. This book contains tragedy, excitement, and miracles. It shows how the faith of one individual can have an enormous impact on others, even after he's dead and gone. It's a powerful book with a message that hits the target of the human heart.
Finally! Christian fiction that is believable! Nov 10, 2008
I just finished this book in two days and it is the best Christian fiction I have read. I loved the fact that the characters were flawed and that there were complexities to each one. The plot was completely plausible and compelling. I am so tired of trying to read most of the "inspirational" fiction out there that is really chick-lit packaged as Christian fiction. Thank you Nancy Moser, for writing something that seems real and has a message for all of us, Christian or not. By the way, I'm a native Nebraskan and enjoyed reading a book set in Lincoln, and of all things, connected to a Cornhusker football game. Go Big Red!