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Now and at the Hour of Our Death

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"The choice to believe is yours. It's the only thing that truly is."

Mary Credence wants to be a modern day Joan of Arc battling the skeptical world around her. But when the ardent virgin finds herself pregnant, she’s thrust into a much bigger fight than she ever imagined. Is Mary hiding a romantic tryst in an effort to protect her father’s political career, or is her baby
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Paperback, 423 pages
Published November 27th 2013 by New Classic Books (first published September 2nd 2013)
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This book is unlike anything you'll read.

It has a solid plot with some interesting twists but it's not just your typical novel. It has thought-proving ideas throughout, whether you are a believer or an atheist. It doesn't hit you over the head with ideas either and presents them quite evenly. And though it looks like chick-lit, it has a lot I can relate to as a manly man. I loved the stuff about the psychoactive drugs.

I think there should be more humor and comic relief but it's a fast, entertai
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Wendy
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
In the provocative and captivating novel " Now And At the Hour of Our Death" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways 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 b
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Chrissy Dennis
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Agnes88
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book offers an interesting look at faith, science, and human perceptions through the eyes of endearing characters. The intersection of biology and religion is a fascinating topic, and this book covers everything from the placebo effect of medications to the organized investigation of miraculous claims. I was impressed by the author’s ability to entwine light, snappy dialogue and pop-culture among the unexpected, philosophically deep themes and ideas which played out among the somewhat caric ...more
Katie
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway so I was excited to read it anyway, but it really exceeded my expectations. “Now and at the Hour of Our Death” is a tale of faith and science, beauty and reality, simplicity and heroism. At every twist and turn I was captivated and truly engrossed in Mary’s story. It is incredibly refreshing to read a piece of fiction that is so faith-filled, and yet is balanced by practical science. At times the dialogue was a bit cheesy, but there was a distinct a ...more
Patricia
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly thought provoking read concerning faith in the right ideas, positive thinking and miracles. A young woman named Mary wants to be a new Joan of Arc. Mary suddenly finds herself pregnant while she believes herself a virgin. This book kept me enthralled thru out my read.
Taylor
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 w
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Erin
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
i had the pleasure of winning this book as a first reads giveaway! I loved this book, it was touching, and an intriguing read! it was well written, the characters were very well developed, and a quick read!

this story starts when a wealthy senate candidate's daughter finds out she is pregnant. Mary(the pregnant daughter) is the main character is a very pious and religious young lady. the secret is leaked to the press and her dad's campaign is put on the line. Mary is very sure she is a virgin and
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Amy Wierzbicki
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mediocre at best. This book tried soooo hard to MAKE ME THINK ABOUT MIRACLES, that I felt I was being forced into the next page. Characters are very predictable and one dimensional, that I found it hard to care about any one of them. This felt like a book written by a Bible study book club. Sorry, I didn't find this book very thought provoking at all.
Amanda
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The good:
First off, the cover art, size of the book, and physical material were all fantastic.

I sped through this book in about 2 days - the writing was good (despite the multitude of typos and grammatical errors that I hope are all addressed in the final version) and the characters were interesting, if a little off-the-shelf.

The meh:
The "twists" at the end of the book were not what I was expecting...but I came away from them feeling like they were a little too slick, too neat, too gimmicky.

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Deb
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, but it took me a while to get it off the shelf for a read. Once I picked it up, I really enjoyed the narrative and the character development. There were several typos and inconsistencies that threw off the pace of the read for me, but hopefully those will be addressed in final editing. Overall I really enjoyed the premise of how the world would react to a modern-day miracle, but specifically how it would impact the lives of the "miracle bringer" and ...more
Leah
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I actually listened to this book which isn't my favorite way to 'read' a book. But I think it was a really good book. The story was different and interesting and at the end I was still thinking about it rather than just flying on to the next book.

*I received this audiobook for free through the Good Reads First Reads program.
sonal patel
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
jane the virgin without the humor
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JSB Morse is a husband and father and an author, entrepreneur, and philosopher. His latest project is Paleo Family, which he co-authored with his wife. 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" and the "Take Advantage" non-fiction series. He paints, creates web applications, and wr ...more
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