Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Winner of the Christy Award for Best Christian Fiction in the Futuristic category, Time Lottery was Nancy Moser’s first novel the the Time Lottery series. In the novel and the series as a whole, the relationship of religion and science concerns critics of Time Lottery, who believe that God’s plans for people should not be artificially manipulated. Mac acknowledges the validity of that argument, while he emphasizes that scientific achievements represent the power of God. Explaining that God has created everything, including time travel, Mac argues that God wants people to experience and benefit from science, stressing that God ultimately controls those processes. Mac suggests that God enables time travel to help people evaluate their purpose and secure redemption to grow and seek new opportunities. Each winner undergoes a personal genesis during the seven days of his or her memory experience, resulting in the creation of a spiritually new person.

Faith guides the lottery winners as they trust God to help them realize their destiny. Somewhat like an apostle, Mac serves as an adviser, offering words of comfort and support. He reminds people that although TTC has no Christian affiliations or spiritual motivations, he considers the selection to undergo such intense, focused self-examination a divine gift from God. Mac suggests that the lottery will reveal the role God intends for the winners and help them comprehend that discovery and their uniqueness. Such knowledge of their purpose offers salvation and forgiveness for past mistakes and hope and rebirth for the future.

Mac blesses each winner, while TTC medical staffers prepare them to lose consciousness and begin their adventure. Prayer gives characters strength as they overcome their despair and doubts confronting flaws in their lives. By seeking spiritual guidance, whether talking to God or reading the Bible, the characters contemplate their lives and replace fear with faith and hope as they achieve self-knowledge and accept themselves. They seek friendships that reinforce their newfound faith. Forgiving their immorality or their weaknesses, the characters permit themselves to choose more spiritual lives, whether awakening to the present or remaining in a changed past, which frees them.