Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review - Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado


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, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.


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.

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This book absolutely drew me in and didn't let go! I ended up staying up until after 3:30 in the morning to finish this book because I couldn't put the book down and wanted to find out what happened next! There were so many twists and turns and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, something else would go on.

Chelsea is re-opening her grandmother's/mother's coffee shop after leaving her NFL player husband. She has caught him in an affair and when her mother dies, she feels like she needs a fresh start back where she started. She unexpectedly gets a bill that she must pay but the cafe just isn't doing very well. She doesn't have wi-fi and the decor in the old Victorian house doesn't appeal to the new generation.

Enter Manny who answers her ad for an employee. He is a strange little man who dresses quite strangely, but his enthusiasm brings Chelsea comfort. Soon after Manny shows up, he gets a new router put in but there is only one website that comes up when you log on to your computer - the God Blog. You can ask God one question and it will be answered. Suddenly, people are flocking to the cafe so they can log into the God Blog - only available in the Higher Grounds Cafe. 

This story was so uplifting! I really loved the issue of unforgiveness that runs throughout the story and how Chelsea has to come to terms with her issues on this. I'm sure many of us can relate to this - I know I could. I also loved the angels of this story and how they protect us from the evil spirits of this world at God's command. It was so comforting and so amazing!

This is just a great story, period! It has a storyline that makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I really enjoyed all the supporting players in this story, too, and how so many of them were affected by the God Blog and God's great love for us. If you enjoy an uplifting story, then this book is for you and I do highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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