A BOOK REVIEW
What do you get when you add one part hometown comfort and two parts nostalgia to a mixed up and boiling bowl of struggle, throw in a pinch of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” mix in some Skywalker and top it off with an frothy espresso for a Hallmark ending? You get an easy-to-read, page turning first novel written by one of everyone’s favorite inspirational storytellers – Max Lucado.
I am not an avid novel reader, in fact, ninety-eight percent of my reading bookshelf consists of non-fiction titles. My top 100 books list only includes a few pieces of fiction. So, why even offer to do a blog review for Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café? Because the author is Max Lucado and I love his short attention-getting illustrations that frequent his books. I’m glad I gave this novel a chance.
Chelsea Chambers, Higher Ground’s protagonist, is doing her best to move on in life after a very public split with her formerly famous NFL husband. She takes big steps forward by restarting the family’s old-fashioned coffee house. The café reminds everyone of simpler times; however, the struggle to move on continues to nag at Chelsea as she does her best to be entrepreneur and a hard-working, heartbroken mother to her children Hancock and Emily. “Baking was therapy for Chelsea . . . The complexity of her recipes had a funny way of matching the complexity of her problems.” We learn early on that these complexities also include a torn relationship between she and her father, who’s life is slowly being stolen by alzheimers.
The book is about prayer and miracles but most of all about a God who never leaves or forsakes Chelsea and her family. It takes awhile for her to see exactly what is going on behind the scenes, but just like in real life, she eventually sees that every mishap and struggle “works together for good” and that God never lost control of her situation even when it was at its worst.
Miracle at Higher Grounds Café is about misfortune, struggle, God-sized questions and the meaning of life. The book was a delight to read and even for someone who reads little fiction, I anticipated each new chapter searching for the answers and blessings that God had in store for Chelsea and the happy ending planned for all of us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I received my complimentary copy of the book for review from Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson.
Max Lucado and Thomas Nelson would like to invite you to have coffee with Max! Tuesday, March 24th join Max and his daughter, Jenna Lucado Bishop, via a LIVE webcast where they will be chatting over coffee about Max’s new book and much more. Click here for more details and to RSVP.
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