After separating from her charming, cheating, NFL superstar husband, Chelsea Chambers moves back to her Texas hometown with their two kids to run her family’s Cafe. Chelsea is anxious for a fresh start, but when she learns that she’s inherited a $86,000 debt from her grandma, that another cafe’s setting up shop down the road, and her philandering husband is moving back and trying to make amends, Chelsea begins to think her plan might not go as smoothly as anticipated. Enter Chelsea’s guardian angel, Samuel, disguised as Manny, the new barista. Manny has a few ideas to help bring in business, including a “God Blog” where people can post ask one question and get answered–by God Himself. But as people begin to flock to the cafe, some people get answers they don’t want to hear, and others are forced to ask new questions that draw them out of their comfort zones.
Max Lucado’s book, co-written with Candace Lee and Eric Newman, offers a quirky take on the role of Guardian Angels along with some other interesting concepts, such as the God Blog. What one question would you ask God given the opportunity, and how would He respond? Readers will enjoy the light humor and the small town feel of the novel.
For a novel of 184 pages, this story attempts to cover too much ground. Outside of the cafe, Lucado glosses over issues of infidelity, broken relationships, poverty, cancer, Alzheimer’s, unforgiveness, the power of prayer, betrayal and others. The reader is whiplashed from storyline to storyline, never able to delve into the issues and truly experience or glean from the characters’ experiences. There is little depth to this novel, though it had the potential to be an impactful read, especially in regard to the “God Blog.”
If you’re looking for a light, fluffy read, this is the book for you. You can get a copy of this book at Thomas Nelson or your local library.
Lucado, Max, Eric Newman, and Candace Lee. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café. N.p.: Thomas Nelson, 2015. Print.