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Time Lottery

Time Lottery

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by Nancy Moser

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Winner of the 2002 Christy Award for best inspirational fiction in its genre. .. 

The entire population of the United States waits to hear the announcement of the three winners of the new Time Lottery-where the prize isn't money but a chance to go back into their own lives and change something. Though the odds are absurd, hope is


Winner of the 2002 Christy Award for best inspirational fiction in its genre. .. 

The entire population of the United States waits to hear the announcement of the three winners of the new Time Lottery-where the prize isn't money but a chance to go back into their own lives and change something. Though the odds are absurd, hope is high. The spoils are too exciting to resist. Everyone can think of a time in their lives they would like to relive. Everyone has an 'if only' that hangs over them-a dream or a regret that enters their thoughts repeatedly. If only they had finished college; if only they hadn't told off their boss; if only they had married someone else.

The three Time Lottery winners will be privileged to travel back in time in order to relive a portion of their lives in their Alternate Reality-their Alternity. They enter the past without the burden (or advantage) of remembering what happened the first time around. Yet through the technology of the Time Lottery, they will make a different choice, and live out different results.

After one week in their pasts, the time-travelers will be given an hour of Dual-Consciousness, a condition where they will be able to see both their lives with full knowledge. At this point they will face a unique decision. They can stay in the past-where the Dual-Consciousness will fade and they will live out their lives oblivious of the future. Or, they can return to the present, their lives made richer from their experience.
And the winners are:

Phoebe Winston Thurgood is a San Francisco socialite. She has two grown children, every material possession ever coveted, and a husband who is consumed with making money-which she is happy to spend. She has always wondered what her life would have been like if she had not become rich and idle; if she not been so weak and complacent in regards to Colin's unethical exploits; if she had not been unhappy. She returns to 1969 when she was the secretary of an ambitious new employee, Colin Thurgood, at Hopner, Wagner, and Greenfield.

Roosevelt Hazen is homeless.  He has a lot of what-if questions to choose from.  But will he get his chance to go back in time?  The odds are against him.
Cheryl is a single, forty-five-year-old surgeon in Boulder, Colorado. Her one regret is that she is alone. The joys of a husband and family have eluded her. Although she's had numerous lovers, she has never found a partner. No one in her recent past interests her, but there was one guy, back in high school . . . might he be up for a little commitment if given a second chance? She returns to 1973 . . .

Meanwhile, back in the present...
Alexander MacMillan's job is to market the Time Lottery and be the liaison between the company and the winners. His association with the Time Lottery is no accident. Mac was drawn to the organization after his wife was brutally murdered, leaving Mac alone to raise 5-year-old Anthony. If only he could go back before Holly was killed....

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Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
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Promise Press Fiction Series
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5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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The recurring theme of Nancy Moser's books is that each of us has a unique purpose. The challenge is finding out what it is. "There is an excitement that sparks in our eyes when we realize our presence on this earth is not a coincidence," Moser says, "when we see that our lives fit with each other like a puzzle piece in a larger picture. With that knowledge to fuel us, we can approach the highs and lows of life with a new strength-and even contentment-as we begin to understand that we count; we matter, and our absence would leave the picture of life undone."

On her way to discovering her own purpose as a fiction writer, Moser has lived a varied life, earning a degree in architecture, managing a construction business with her husband, traveling extensively in Europe, and performing in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs.

Moser is the author of The Seat Beside Me, and the Mustard Seed series (The Invitation, The Quest, and The Temptation), In February 2003, the first in the Sister Circle Series (The Sister Circle) will be released. It is co-authored with Vonette Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

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Time Lottery 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you had a chance to go back and fix one thing in your life? Would you do it? And if you could live your life over from that point, what then? That's what three lucky people get to discover in The Time Lottery. Alexander MacMillan goes to work for TTC the company sponsoring the lottery in the hopes of going back to a certain moment in his own life: the day his wife was murdered and his son attacked. Mac knows the ache of one moment turning your life upside down and changing everything, so giving three other people the chance he would do anything for only makes sense. Phoebe returns to the day she met her husband who dominates her life. Cheryl has avoided commitment her entire life, so she returns to high school in hopes of making a connection. Leon has murdered for his chance at returning to his past and making a wrong right. I really enjoyed this time travel book; it's not normally a genre I enjoy, but I felt comfortable with Moser's description of how it could be done within the mind, and by also keeping it within the character's faith. The stories were compelling and the science believable.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written! It is the first book I've read by this author and I've already gone to the library for another. If you have ever wondered 'what if' you'd done something different, you will enjoy this sci-fi book. The characters draw you in to the point you will not want to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if you are one who refuses to play the lottery because you don't believe in taking chances-TRY reading Nancy Moser's 'Time Lottery'. You'll WIN big time here, there are definitely No losers in this story, not amongst the readers anyway! Nancy Moser's characters spring forth from the pages to inhabit your life while your reading this book (and maybe even for awhile afterwards, if you are not careful...). She pulls you in with such a unique plot concept and then gets you caught up in all the twists and turns. Far from predictable, you'll find yourself anxious to turn the pages, but reluctant to let go of your new-found 'friends' by the end of the book. Ms. Moser, there had better be a SEQUEL to this one! C'mon, I dare you to take a chance on Nancy Moser's 'Time Lottery', she'll guide you to discoveries within, that you never knew were possible, let alone right there within yourself. What a discovery Moser's God-given talent is! You're liable to be praying that Ms. Moser becomes a more prolific writer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy Moser does it again! She is definitely the winner of my time when it comes to reading a book with such unforgettably, realistic characters that you don't want to see them go. By the end of the book you find yourself wishing you could visit with them some more. Moser's inspired style inspires you to seriously ponder those questions we all too often fail to really ask ourselves. You'll find yourself making time for this one. Although the premise may seem a bit sci-fi, it's not handled as such but in a much more well-blended manner than what mere mortals could ever dream up - raising the question, who is this Nancy Moser author anyway. Mortal? or what?