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Title:
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café
Author:
Lucado, Max, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
Physical Description:
186 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"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"--Dust jacket flap.
General Note:
"A heavenly novel"--Jacket.

Includes discussion questions.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780718000882
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 Caf#65533;, 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 Caf#65533;, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the caf#65533; 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.


Author Notes

Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author, and Minister. He was educated at Abilene Christian University.

Lucado has been pastor of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas, since 1988. He also hosts UpWords, a fifteen minute radio show that can be heard in thirty states.

Lucado has authored almost 100 books, three of which were listed as top ten books on the Christian Booksellers Association list. His book, When God Whispers Your Name, was the number one hardcover book for eight months. His book You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times made the New York Times bestseller list in September 2013. He made this bestseller list again in 2015 with his title Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe and again with Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now. His latest book is Because of Bethlehem Christmas Coloring Book: Love is born. Hope is here. Anxious for Nothing, published in September 2017, has become a Publishers Weekly bestseller . (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Chelsea Chambers needs to make a major change in her life, so when she inherits her grandmother's café, she decides it's the perfect opportunity to start over. Chelsea takes her children, walks away from her crumbled marriage to an NFL star, and begins life at the Higher Ground Café. Soon, however, she realizes she is in dire financial straits. Heaven intervenes by sending down an angel disguised as a barista named Manny, and when the Internet is set up, the only website customers can reach is the God Blog. Soon the café has more business than Chelsea ever dreamed, as coffee-lovers from near and far come to communicate with God. They even receive a miraculously personal response! With his coauthors, best-selling inspirational author Lucado (You'll Get through This, 2013) brings his trademark blend of familial warmth, spiritual struggle, and saving grace to this imaginative novel. Readers will relate to the tough questions Chelsea and her family ask, and they will delight in the faith that brings communities together and leads Chelsea into the most fulfilling time of her life.--Richard, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Newly split from her philandering NFL husband, single mom Chelsea Chambers struggles to make a go of her grandmother's old coffee shop. Then she discovers that her soon-to-be ex spent the money she was relying on to pay the IRS and the lease on her coffee shop. In dire straits, Chelsea prays for a miracle. Just when she has almost given up hope, in walks Manny, who seems vested in helping her succeed. When he arranges for Wi-Fi to be installed in the cafe, the Internet service only connects to one site, The God Blog. If asked a question, allegedly God will respond. In no time, customers flock to her cafe. But is it really God answering? What Chelsea learns is that the Lord hears all prayers, but he responds in his time and in his own way. VERDICT Fans of Lucado's comforting stories of hope (e.g., The Crippled Lamb) will delight in this tale of love, loss, and redemption, coauthored with Eric Newman and Candace Lee. Its likable, sympathetic characters and several surprising plot twists make it a charming and inspiring read. Reminiscent of the movie It's a Wonderful Life with the accessible religious undertones of writings by G.K. Chesterton (The Book of Father Brown), this captivating novel will also appeal to readers who believe in the afterlife and angels. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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