Chelsea Chambers is looking for a place to start over in life. After catching her NFL superstar husband cheating on her she has taken her children back to her family’s hometown of San Antonio Texas. Chelsea’s mother willed her the family’s previously closed coffee shop and the plan is to reopen the shop on the main floor of the expansive Victorian family home and live above. Thus starts the first chapter of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café: a Heavenly Novel by Max Lucado with Candace Lee & Eric Newman. If you’re familiar at all with Max Lucado’s other novels you can probably guess that this is an inspirational read.
In this story, the internet router in Chelsea’s new coffee shop happens to route messages to an unusual place – straight to God. Add in an alternate view of the story from Chelsea’s guardian angel and this story takes a bit of the fantastic turn. But just because God is now answering messages via the internet in Chelsea’s shop does not mean that all of Chelsea’s problems are solved. She isn’t officially divorced yet, and her estranged husband eventually comes after his football season is over to see what can be salvaged of his family.
The characters in this story are well rounded and the reactions to the situations realistic, even if the circumstances do seem a bit far-fetched. At under 100 pages, this is a quick read, but it does have discussion questions in the back if you’d like to use it in a group setting with your friends.
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