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Time Lottery (Time Lottery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  430 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
A chance to go back into your past and make a different choice. Would you do it? Follow the journey of a surgeon, a socialite, and a homeless man as they win the annual Time Lottery and totally immerse themselves in their pasts, exploring what could have been. Will they choose to stay in their new reality, or will they return to life as they knew it? What would you do?
Paperback, 278 pages
Published June 8th 2012 by Livingstone Books (first published 2002)
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Oct 05, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is another of those books that came from browsing in the stacks at our library.Time Lottery. The title drew me in and the cover blurb hooked me. "What would you do if you could do it all over again?"/ How many times do we ask ourselves that question. If I go back, if only I had, I wish I did, these thoughts visit us throughout our lives.

What if you really did have the chance to go back and change your own history? Nancy Moser gives three characters just this opportunity in Time Lottery. T
Eric Krause
Good and bad, but the bad is mostly a result of the genre, I believe. I started reading it because of the time travelling premise, and I really enjoyed that part of this book. Really, the time travel presented here mirrored much of my own belief in the theory. One goes back into one's own past, but an alternate time-line, meaning nothing is changed in the original time-line. I could go on and on about this, as when I think of time travel, this is how I largely view it. So I really enjoyed that a ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
Okay, I admit that when I decided to read this book I did not realize that it was in the inspirational fiction (i.e., Christian) genre. Of course once I started that became rather obvious. Take for example the quotations from the bible that begin each chapter, or the goody goody messages throughout the book. However, I was okay with that as I actually do not mind reading books with "wholesome" morals (I do not always read books of that nature, but I have no objection to them). So I am criticizin ...more
This was an interesting read. If you could go back in your life knowing what you know now, what would you change? This made me want to live my life so that when I look back I don't have a wish that I had done something differently. I think I've become more assertive when something happens that I don't like. Change it NOW and then I can be happy.

(Can you tell I've just read The Tenant of Widfell Hall? Make the changes in your life that need to be made so you can be happy and at peace. Don't sit
Stephanie C
Jan 31, 2010 Stephanie C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes you wonder! If you could go back, would you really change an event? Sometimes we say we would like to do something over, but if you changed one thing then you would not be where you are today, whether it is good or bad. Before I read this book I always thought I would like to go back and change mistakes I made, but after the book I decided that I can live with those mistakes as something good came out of them in the long run.
Eleisha Luck
Jul 29, 2007 Eleisha Luck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was very hard to put down once I picked it up and started to read it. I loved it and hope that more in the series is written. It talks about finding God in your past and how he is always with you even when you dont see it and that the dessions you make now will affect everything you do in your future.
Apr 10, 2008 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who enjoys unpredictable Christian fiction.
This book was the first book I read by Nancy Moser. It has an interesting premise for examining life choices and their consequences. Also, how we cross paths with people and the effect they have on us. You can find this book and its sequel at the Cabell County Library.
Colleen Scott
Mar 15, 2009 Colleen Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little skeptical when I started to read this but it just got better and better. A definite good read for anyone who wonders what they might have done differently.
Jul 16, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A company has mastered time travel and they hold a lottery, allowing three people to be the first to experence it.
This time travel takes place completely inside the patient's mind. A serum is given to the patient, inducing a coma, and allowing them to go back to a memory of their choosing. When the serum is administered, they just need to focus on the change in theor life they want to make-this allows them to enter an aoternate reality, or an alternity. The serum lasts a week (although time may
Feb 16, 2016 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Christian Lit and time travel/second chances
Picked this one up at a library book sale thinking that it was going to be a time travel what-if little sci-fi thing. If I had bothered to open the book rather than just read the summary, I would've known that this was Christian Lit pretty dang quick, at least by the Bible verses that start each chapter. The Christian genre is not a favorite of mine, too often do the moral values and Christian lessons overshadow the plot and characters, but I decided to give this book my 50 page test; However, t ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 14, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a very interesting concept for a book. If given a chance to go back in your life and change something what would it be? Change a decision? Change a relationship? Make a wrong right? Would you? Could you?

Three people win the Time Lottery. They get their chance.

These people get to be transported back in time, into an Alternate Reality - their only with hopes, their dreams, and a thousand good intentions. And then, after exploring the way their life would have been for one week, they will b
What if you had a chance to go back in time and relive one decisive moment that changed the course of your life? Now, there is a way: The Time Lottery. The result of 22 years of scientific research, it's finally ready for the public. Three winners of this unique marriage between marketing and time-travel technology ear the chance to travel back into their alternate reality-their Alternity-to relive one moment they've always wished they could revisit that what-if question that plagues ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!! I couldn't put it down and didn't stop reading it until the end and picked up the next one. This is essential a time travel book. What if we could go back and take a different path from the one we are on now. Life gives us multiple oppotunities to go a different direction. What if we went to an out of state college instead of staying home with our parents. What if we would have married the guy from high school instead of getting a job and moving on. This book was about 3 people's c ...more
April Lyn
I picked this up a few months ago from the clearance rack of Family Christian. I've begged off inspirational romance, because it tends to be so unrealistic and contrived, but this book was actually kinda sci-fi.

It's about this corporation who discovers a way to isolate the portion of the brain that stores memories, and then manipulate the brain so that the person, in effect, "time travels" by remembering him or herself back to that period of time, and then living in the remembered state (like a
Elissa (crz4drwho)
Aug 23, 2009 Elissa (crz4drwho) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beth, Heather, fans of Christian literature
Shelves: read-2009
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit different than I had expected - and I like that! I thought it was going to be just a time travel story with a lesson or two learned. I think the author managed to make that idea have a lot more depth. It was an easy, quick read because I was dying to know the outcome! I was rooting for the three Time Lottery winners - plus Mac, as well. I was happy with the ending for each winner. I loved the unexpected connections, but most of all I loved the message tha ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this book from the library and didn't realize it was going to be an inspirational Christian book. The title kind of popped up at me. I read the cover and thought I'd give it a try. I soon saw there where a lot of bible passages in the book. I don't go to church nor do a practice any religion. I did however find the book very inspiring! The concept was fascinating and the characters were believable. I learned to love and hate some of the characters. All in all it was a book I could ...more
Lisa Rathbun
I'm reading this now and am just jotting a couple ideas. *Spoilers* Intriguing thought although the idea of myself living on in everyone else's alternate pasts is weird. Also, I don't think anyone would ever allow a company to put people in a coma and then a week later, allow them to die. You can say "die in this world" but it is still dying. And on p. 236, they just discovered Leon's identity and are wondering why he crossed the line from scamming to murder. "We may never know, " says Bob. What ...more
When I stopped getting hung up on the "science" part of time travel and just excepted that it worked, I really enjoyed this book. This was a smooth read full of characters I could feel strongly toward, either good or bad. I found this at a resale shop and didn't realize it was a christian novel but was pleasantly surprised. I found most of the scriptures used to be especially appropriate for the situations. Just discovered that there is a sequel and am quite excited. My husband rarely reads my r ...more
May 27, 2014 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an intriguing read. It ended well and the time travel aspect was explained enough to be believed without getting bogged down scientifically. The characters each seemed to have their own voice as the author transitioned between varying points of view. There was an error or two (word omissions) in the e-book edition but it didn't take away from the story itself. Not sure if that's an issue in the print edition. I would recommend this to anyone who has a choice in their life they've though ...more
Jennifer H
Apr 11, 2011 Jennifer H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book enough that I'm reading the follow up "Second Time Around" by the same author.

The best part about this book was the result of my own exploration into what I would do differently if I could go back.

I am a little disappointed in the portrayal of "time travel", seems more like a dream state than an "alternity", but the book still gets 4 stars. Decent characters - real people who have made mistakes (just like me). Interesting story line.
Lynn O
Feb 23, 2016 Lynn O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
science fiction. The three main characters in the story win a lottery that earns them the right to go back in time to any point in their lives and do things differently. Do they change their lives for the better or worse? Are they selfish in their desires, or altruistic? There is a slightly religious bent to this book, but it's helpful to see how faith can encourage people to act in positive ways, both for themselves, and toward others.
Aug 05, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know this was a Christian book when I started out reading it but should have picked that up when a bible passage leads each chapter. Either way, it was a good and fast read and the 3 stories of the 3 "time travelers" were very interesting. It was very predictable what would happen once I figured out the God angle. A good book about redemption, being strong and finding your way, but really not about time travel.
Honesty Alexander
The first half of the book wasn't bad. But after that it got way too religious. I could tell from the beginning that the author was Christian, but this was just too much. When I read a book I don't want to hear about F#CKING god. I don't run around shoving my religion in other people's faces and I expect that they return the favor.
Nov 30, 2013 Lorna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Intriguing plot -- 3 different people who win a chance to go back to their past (in an alternate reality)for one week, with the option at the end of the week to come back or to stay. A powerful story of the consequences of our choices and of the wonderful way God works in our lives.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This was a really good book about how several lives intersected when they were given the opportunity to go back in time and see what might happen if they chose another path (or made a different decision). I thoughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
Jan 27, 2009 Milli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed this book so much because the plot involves a concept I often think about - If I could go back in my life would I change something or not. The writing is alright, not stunning, but the plot was unique.
Lyn Battersby
Jan 10, 2012 Lyn Battersby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Time Travel stories. I have a strong belief in God. Therefore, I would have thought this book would be ideal for me. Not so. I found the characters wooden and the delivery of their lines superficial to say the least.
Feb 25, 2016 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read. Unusual combination of science fiction (time travel) and Christian fiction. I also enjoyed the sequel, "Second Time Around". I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by this author.
Chrissy Mumaw mitchell
I liked the flow of the book and it definitely is an interesting concept of time travel. The storyline tied together well and ended up with a Christian ending, although the tones were throughout, was still unexpected.
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Nancy Moser is the author of over twenty-five novels, including "Love of the Summerfields", "The Journey of Josephine Cain", "Mozart's Sister", "Washington's Lady", A Basket Brigade Christmas Collection", "An Unlikely Suitor", The Sister Circle Series, and "Time Lottery", a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, as well as giving a first-person dramatizations in costume as Martha W ...more
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