Take The Reins
(previously published as Letters to Jess and Loosening
When his son, Jess, was 10 years old, a saddlehorse
ran off with the boy and John Moore received the inspiration for a book that would be loved by many, critically-acclaimed,
and published in three editions. The first edition was Letters to Jess, a hardcover book from Richelieu
Court Publishers. Then, Loosening the Reins (see Backlist Page), from Zondervan. Now entitled Take the Reins it is back in a deluxe hardcover
edition from Thomas Nelson. How do people react to this book? Recently the publisher received an order for 75 copies
from a woman in Texas. Her brother-in-law -- a fan of the book -- had been killed in a tractor accident and the
family gave copies of the book away in his memory.
Words & Blurbs
"...this is the story of the land and how deeply it can get
into a person’s soul."
"Moore is a master analogist."
"These essays suggest in lucid and frequently beautiful prose
an approach to life that has kept Moore vibrant, alive, and fighting against a world of disaster and adversity...John
Moore may be the best of many writers dealing with the modern West."
"This wise and gentle book is the best example of the oldest
method of teaching -- father to son via the covenant -- that I have read in many years." Larry Woiwode
"John Moore is the most authentic Montana writer since Will
James, only better. He lives what he writes about. That can be said of few writers whose subject is the ranch country
of the American West. To him the arctic wind hurtling down from Canada is not second hand, nor the dry creek bed
in summer, the thin, stumbling cattle and the coyote waiting just off there. John Moore knows the sound of the
plunging nighthawk, and where and how the Indians buried their dead. Who wants to know what Montana is and was,
should read John Moore."
"Making a commitment to father your kids is like ranching
in the Big Sky country: it’s huge and risky. John Moore beautifully proves this analogy."
"John Moore’s stories about loving a hard land and living
by the grace of the Creator challenge his son -- and us -- to see life for the perilous, glorious venture that
Virginia Stem Owens
"Loosening the Reins contains valuable insights into
the relationship between parents and children and the profound effect caring parents can have on growth of their
Joseph Girzone, author of Joshua
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