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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Max Lucado, Candace Lee, Eric Newman
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

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 Cafe, an old-fash... Read More

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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 Cafe, 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 Cafe, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the cafe 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.

Product Details:
Page Count: 192
Released: 02/2015
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
  • UPC: 9780718000882
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: Feb 17, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042000"
  • ISBN: 0718000889

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Cupcakes Coffee and Care by Erin S on 12/6/2015

Okay so I love coffee and cupcakes. The fact that this takes place in and around a Cafe with coffee made it a must read. Well and the fact that it was written by Max Lucado. We love Max Lucado around our house. I fell in love with the book and the characters and found myself seeing myself in a lot of this. I mean, how often does someone else see something that we’re too busy or too worries or too stressed or too whatever to notice about our own selves and our own life. Chelsea is like that. She’s not “seeing” what is really going on around her. It takes a wake up call before she can see what she truly has to be thankful for and realize just how much God really is looking out for her.

I feel like we’re all like that at some times. Sometimes it takes a day out with friends or a day in being sick or maybe even just waking up one morning to find out wow we’ve been looking at life all wrong. We all have times that we go through that. Where we don’t see all that God is offering and giving us. Where we don’t really see all the blessings in our life for seeing all the bad that is happening. Sometimes we just need to take a grateful day. Take the time to really look and find all we’re grateful for and all that God is giving us.

Great book. Go grab a cup of coffee and a copy of the book and settle in for a great read. Oh and maybe make sure someone else is watching the kids so you can have some uninterrupted reading and hot coffee time. I don’t know about you, but I hate to stop reading when I’m really enjoying a book. I also hate cold coffee. And cupcakes that someone else eats. So get ready for your daily dose of cupcakes coffee and care and crack open this great book.

Angels and Angles by Elizabeth on 5/15/2015

If you are not familiar with Max Lucado's writing ministry, now is a great time to experience the gift God has given him to share with us that illuminates His word in action. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe pulls together faith, works, fellowship, friendship, and prayer in addition to spiritual warfare to show us how God is working to protect us and to propel us in our individual paths for our purposed callings.

Chelsea Chambers has arrived at her mother's legacy cafe to restore it to its old community centerpiece glory, and to make a new life for she and her children. After finding out that her husband cannot be trusted or relyed upon Chelsea's filed for divorce and left him, and is setting up life in the beloved cafe of her youth.

Little does she know that her success will also be a spiritual success for the whole community, because the enemy seeks to destroy that place and HGC is the spiritual mecca keeping it protected. But she is not alone; their are members of the community who immediately begin to build a family of sorts with she and her boys and support her, and little thing begin happening to her personally that change her heart and mind about prayer.

Then there is Manny - her guardian angel - manifested in person to work in the cafe with her, side by side. He doesn't take over, but he aids Chelsea, and reports back in to the big kahuna about whats going on, or receives reports about what to do to help.

And finally, the computer. Every person can ask one question and get an answer - but only one - of God. It is a major draw to the cafe which brings huge success. And maybe also some problems.

What Lucado and friends highlight in this novella are issues that we all face and choose to confront or hide from in life, but they are always there. These are elements of family, friendship, faith, works, trust, fellowship, fear, pride, and love - in action. The miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe is that every miracle requires something on the part of the recipient. That is the "in action" part.

I would recommend this book for young reading clubs especially, and for anybody who needs to understand how all things work together for the good of those who believe and are called according to His glory.

**As an #FCBlogger I received this book free in return for my honest and faithful review.

In his new book, Lucado weaves an intricate and soul stirring story of faith, friends, cupcakes and coffee. by Jeniffer on 4/12/2015

Perhaps my favorite part about the book is that you are given glimpses into heaven’s view of things. The orchestration of our lives and the events that take place are God-designed. It’s up to us to live out His plan, and we can only do that with faith as our guide.

The story is well written and highly addicting. Seriously. I couldn’t put it down and read the 184 page paperback in less than 48 hours. To be honest it was a nice break from the usual non-fiction that I read.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is an uplifting read that challenges us to see beyond our own little world and to never lose sight of Him.

Moving story, lyrical prose, beautiful word pictures by Carole on 3/12/2015

Max Lucado's new fiction release, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, is unusual and quite unique. I greatly enjoyed it while reading, but like it even more as I reflect back. Rather than critiquing from a literary standpoint, my reviews are usually based on how a book affects me, and this one hits a home run.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is a beautiful example of the power of story. Max is a wordsmith. He has an exceptional, God-given ability to communicate spiritual truths by painting pictures through the written word. This is not a long read, but it doesn't need to be, for Max shares volumes in only 184 pages. It may seem like a predictable, lighthearted fantasy on the surface, but there are untold hidden depths.

It is an imaginative concept to spin this story around modern social concepts like a San Antonio coffee shop, wifi, lattes, baked goodies, and an interactive blog. I loved all the characters and how readers will be able to identify with their struggles. The use of angels in fiction often comes across as somewhat cheesy, but Max did a great job in making Manny humorous, quirky, and sincere. There are some great scenes where Manny views events from heaven's perspective.

This is a story about relationships - with spouse, family members, friends, community, and with God. Spiritual warfare and the power of prayer are major themes. Issues of adultery and divorce are woven into this story, but never as a main theme nor in a condemning, "preachy" manner. That's not Max's style and he has a gift for keeping the focus where it needs to be - on God's love, repentance, and forgiveness.

This book is filled with spiritual themes that will speak to readers - the personal cost of unforgiveness, the effectiveness of prayer, that everything in our lives has a purpose, and that no matter how devastating the circumstance, we are never alone. One scene that especially touched me is when Manny wanders into what had once been a prayer room in the coffee shop, and he listens . . . "Decades of prayers resounded through the small room. Prayers that pass through the lips in a moment, but endure for all eternity."

Spiritual warfare is very real, yet it's not something to which I give a lot of thought, so I found this theme fascinating and extremely moving. I'd like to end with this touching and victorious scene that gives cause for rejoicing, a visual that contrasts the forces of light and dark . . .

Through the window, Manny noticed dark shadows lurking . . . Voices emerged from within: throaty and gutteral, filling the atmosphere with lies of shame, abandonment, and despair.
"God has no place for you . . ."
"God? What God?"
Gabriel began to sing. "Holy is the Living God."
At the sound of the angelic voice, the murky cloud stopped its advance.
"Blessed be the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
The shadows inched back at each chorus.
One by one the angels joined Gabriel, lifting their voices to heaven. It soon sounded as though hundreds, perhaps thousands were singing. . . . In the presence of such mighty voices, the evil held no sway. There was no shadow for such lies to hide.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is a story that could possibly impact new believers, seekers, and seasoned Christians alike. I hope we see more fiction from Mr. Max. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Fiction by Max Lucado by Mommiejennm on 3/3/2015

This is a fiction story like the first writings by him that made me interested in reading more and more by Max Lucado. It features angels in unexpected situations and using surprisingly modern techniques to reach the characters. Though this "what if" girl gives a lot of leeway for situations that might could happen, the ones in this book are a bit far fetched even for me. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story. I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. #FCBlogger

Not Your Ordinary Coffee Shop by tickmenot on 2/27/2015

This is a short, light story that covers some heavy topics--marital infidelity, an unplanned pregnancy followed by a rushed marriage along with unforgiveness towards spouses and parents. It also contains humor, including some eccentric characters and a very clumsy angel who comes to earth in human form. This all takes place in a coffee shop with a blog that appears to have a direct connection to God--where everyone can ask one question each, and receive a direct answer from the Almighty.

Wow--that covers a lot of ground!

Yes, it does, but the author is able to weave all these subjects together into a moving tale that will pull you in from the first page. We meet Chelsea Chambers who is trying to rebuild her life as a single parent, while trying to re-start the dying business she inherited from her mother. At the same time, she is trying to help her children adjust to their family not having their father living with them anymore, and, unlike her sister, does not believe God has all the answers.

Good to the last drop!

This is the first work of fiction I have read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. He pulled together a lot of issues taking place in our current society, gave them a light touch, and showed how God's message is just as relevant for today, and its issues, as it has ever been. This is a non-predictable 5-star book with a great ending. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story.

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this Bible through The Thomas Nelson Publishing BookLook Bloggers Program for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Amanda on 2/19/2015

Coffee house cozy and uniquely uplifting are the best way I can describe Max Lucado’s new fiction title Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe. From their seats in heaven, angels have an amazing view of life on earth and of the “light” emanating from holy places and people. One of those places just happens to be San Antonio’s Higher Grounds Cafe. Preparing for it’s grand reopening this Victorian style home turned cafe was established on the principles of hospitality and prayer. The cafe’s new owner, Chelsea Chambers, hopes to start a new life apart from her adulterous husband, former NFL superstar, Sawyer Chambers. What she can’t see is the sinister darkness that threatens to envelope both Chelsea and the cafe. Her dire circumstances require divine intervention.

Lucado has created a few particularly likable characters for this story. My top three are Chelsea, Bo, and Manny. I’ll start with Manny, he made me chuckle a number of times due to his complete disregard for fashion and his propensity for disaster. Through all of his fumbling and bumbling, he is humble, thoughtful, and always there when Chelsea finds herself in a pinch. Chelsea, as the main character, has the most growing up to do–readers will see an inspiring transformation take place in her life. Rounding out my favorites is the cafe’s long time patron Bo. A bedrock of faith, Bo lends wisdom and perspective to Chelsea’s troubles.

I found Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe to be reminiscent of two other great Christian books. The first is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Where The Screwtape Letters highlight the subversive efforts of demons, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe gives the opposite view by portraying the efforts of angels on our behalf. My absolute favorite scene depicts angels rejoicing over a life newly surrendered to Christ. The second title I am reminded of is Max Lucado’s newest non-fiction title Before Amen. Because this title is still fresh in my mind, I noticed the presence of a simple prayer of surrender “God I need help,” and deeper prayers which follow the “Pocket Prayer” structure seen in Before Amen. Readers who have enjoyed either The Screwtape Letters or Before Amen will also enjoy this book.

The importance of prayer, the presence of unseen spiritual forces, as well as God’s willingness to hear and respond to prayer are major elements of the book. Furthermore, it possesses spiritual lesson in faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation which make for a very encouraging and heart-warming tale. I give Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe 4/5 stars.

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