Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review: Miracle At The Higher Grounds Cafe

Author: Max Lucado
Title: Miracle At The Higher Grounds Cafe
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even curiouser string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Review: This isn't the type of book I'm used to when it comes to Max Lucado, but it was a refreshingly sweet read.

It felt like a cross between two of Debbie Macomber's holiday series, the Mrs. Miracle books and the Angel books. Now this book isn't about finding love, but it is about finding God and fixing relationships. It is the kind of novel you need when you want to cry happy tears and just feel good.

It is light and fluffy and fun.

The God Blog concept is really amusing. Its something that most people would flock to. I mean, who wouldn't want to ask God one question and have it answered?

But the God blog is only part of it. This book is about Chelsea Chambers, a women stepping away from a failing marriage to take over her family's old coffee shop, that has many more problems than she can handle. Chelsea is a good woman, but she has a lot of issues and she doesn't want to put them to god's ear.

Then enter Manny, who is much more than just a barista. He is a riot and it is impossible not to love him and his quirkly love for Star Wars.

Oh and her soon to be (well maybe soon to be) ex-husband Sawyer, a NFL player gone awry, steps back into her life, willing to make things right in their marriage.

What makes this novel so wonderful is that it it doesn't preach, but shows the wonders of faith, even to people that might be "doubting Thomases."

This book has family drama, and a few miracles and it shows the goodness of people.

If you are looking for a Christian based "feel good" novel, this is definitely one.

Rating: 5 flowers


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