July 21, 2010 This summer found me looking for a new favorite author. One Friday, when I was anticipating a fairly slow weekend, I perused the shelves of Ruth Hughes waiting for something to pop out at me. Stopping at a section where several book spines had a sticker saying "Inspirational" I spotted one that said "Steadfast." When I looked a little closer, I saw that actually the title was "A (Steadfast) Surrender." Below the title were the words 'A Novel by Nancy Moser.' The publisher was Multnomah. Nancy Moser was new to me, but Multnomah was not, and the title was intriguing.
"It'll work," I thought, and sunk into a fairly good read, though it was rather more mystical than my usual choices, kind of in the vein of a Frank Peretti novel. When the last page was way too open-ended to suit me, a friend clued me in that there were more—that she remembered there being a series.
And I've been reading Moser's books ever since. Tucked inside one of the Mustard Seed series books is a conversation, from which I've excerpted (and deleted the names) so as not to give away the story line.
"I think he's evil. He does evil."
"But he can be real nice__."
"You think evil shows itself with claws and growls? It's a lot more successful when it's nice to us, doing us favors, being the essence of charm."
That's just a hint of the flavor of the books. You might like them—you might not. They're certainly not for everyone. Suffice it to say that they are thought-provoking.
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Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.