Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Max Lucado

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 more curious 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 God a question of her own. Heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

My first thoughts on beginning to read this book were of the film "It's a Wonderful Life". Although not the same story line this book features a "human" with a guardian angel sent down to earth to look out for them, in fact they have been looking out for them all their life.

I enjoyed this book - all the references to coffee and the lovely old building gave the book a real feel good atmosphere to it. For me personally the religious element of the book was a little over done. I think you could still gain from the book the life lessons, and that there may be a greater presence at work, without at times the almost sermon like paragraphs.

It was for a me a feel good book. I did like the reference that God only answers "knee mail" - think about it..............!

My thanks to Netgalley and Nelson Fiction for supplying me with an ecopy of this book for review.

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