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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe
by Max Lucado, Candace Lee, & Eric Newman
ISBN: 9780718036171
Publisher's Synopsis:
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.

MrsK's Review:
What a Heavenly break! Sometimes you are given a delightful story that is just endearing and a joy. Those types of moments in which you are curled up with quiet music, a great cup of tea, and no one in the house. This novel perfected that moment!

Chelsea is reopening her family's cafe. She grew up in the converted Victorian house/cafe (my dream setting), and now it was her "inherited" chance at running the cafe. She is a single mom (considering divorcing her NFL husband) raising her daughter Emily and her son Hancock. 
"Hard to believe it's my home again. So many memories.... buy new rockers for the porch."

With disappointments there is often an open door for success, we just have to be willing to take that leap of faith and trust in God's will. Chelsea will be pushed to the brink with tough decisions. The delight in the story is that she is never alone. There is family, neighbors, cafe staff, and of course her soon-to-be ex-husband (Sawyer). Little did she know that her quick prayer would be so amazingly answered.

Meet Manny, or as Heaven would call him, Samuel:
"It wasn't the black leather cowboy boots adorned with turquoise stones,
nor the bright green pants,
nor the floral Hawaiian shirt,
nor even the Seattle Seahawks cap...."

Chelsea knew him from somewhere, she just couldn't remember. And yet, Manny knew this assignment was going to be delightful battle. Not the most coordinated, nor the best dressed employee, Manny becomes a "grounding" force for everyone at the cafe. Chelsea must get customers... but how? Even though her heart recognizes God's words to ask and seek (Matthew 7:7), she can only offer up seven simple words: "Please, God. Is that too much to ask?"  

"Ding! Ding! Two striking figures entered the cafe,
a brawny, dark-skinned man accompanied by a towing woman with blond hair
and blazing blue eyes. 'Are you from the Olympics?'
The woman smiled. 'We're here to upgrade your Internet service.'"

Just a trial service is what Chelsea was told. The truth is... her cafe will never be the same. The only Internet connection her customers will ever get will be through a God Blog. Seriously, such a great connection! Think about it, with one question you could receive a personalized response from our Heavenly Father. What would you ask our Lord?

As Chelsea's story unfolds, there is quite a few stumbling blocks "brewing," she will need to ask her question... so many will be depending on it.

Even with Heavenly connections, Manny must find a way to help Chelsea find her way. Can you imagine how hard it would be to hear and see Heavenly things, yet you can't share any of it until the one you are guarding asks God? Even with family and friends, her customer questions, Divine answers, and a soon-to-be-ex-husband... Chelsea will need a break through that will lead her back to God!

I will not spoil the ending of this most enjoyable journey. I will tell you that every character is someone you might know, maybe someone who touched your life and has been away for awhile, or someone you briefly met once upon a time. The cafe setting is perfectly designed as an invitation to experience a life as it is unfolding. The story line is simply "deliciously brewed."

So... pour yourself a cup of tea... get comfortable... relax and enjoy,

Meet the Author:
Max Lucado  More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

"I received this book for free for this review."
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