“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.
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.” (from Goodreads)
I’ve loved a few of Max Lucado’s books for children and Unshakable Hope has been really important to me, so I thought I’d give this one a try.
It was sooo good. More than I could have imagined. It was honestly the perfect book to start off 2020, and I’m so glad I impulse bought it. XD
It was uplifting, interesting, and felt very real. I grew to love (or at least just understand) all the characters, and even the coffee shop itself felt like a character. Also, have you ever read a book that promised to include a lot of food and then didn’t? This one was properly food-full and made me want to bake something complicated and unique. 😀
I was also really blessed by the question and answer element of the story. The concept is that people can come and ask any one question about life and get an answer from God. Even though the answers were fictional, of course, (though very based in actual Scripture) it was a beautiful reminder that God wants us to know Him and that He holds all the answers. ❤
The spiritual warfare element of the book was also AMAZING. It wasn’t too creepy or creative, and it reminded me of just how loved I am and we are, of how God is fighting for us, and of how much little moments do matter. I really loved the rejoicing scene. ❤
Just a note, there were a few details of Chelsea’s backstory and a sin a side character considers that are a little rough for young readers. Also, while I thought it was adorable how much Manny enjoyed Star Wars and how it is a story of good vs. evil, I am uncomfortable with comparing it to spiritual warfare since it doesn’t directly correlate.
Altogether, I was blessed by this book and found the ending quite satisfactory. Definitely an encouraging one. 😉