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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café

By: Max Lucado,Candace Lee,Eric Newman
Narrated by: Ben Holland
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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 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.

“Max Lucado’s remarkable gift of storytelling brings the pages to life in his novel Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café. This highly relatable story of working through heartache and standing firm on your faith is intertwined with a good dose of humor and overflowing with biblical truth. This message will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.” (Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of The Best Yes and It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way)

“Step inside the Higher Grounds Café, a place brimming with whop, a heaping helping of comfort food, and a direct line to heaven. Where faith lives, all things are possible, for a family, a community, and one woman who wasn’t sure she had the courage to believe again.” (Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours)

“Now, here is the in-depth breakdown on why YOU will love it: First of all, Max Lucado is the best. Of course, angels, miracles and neighborhood cafés are also at the top of the list. Most of us love stories and according to statistics, 54% of us actually love coffee. So, there! Read Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café immediately. It’s a story by Max Lucado about an angel and the miracle performed for some folks (who drink coffee) in a cool neighborhood café. Can a book even get any better than this? I don’t think so.” (Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift full-length inspirational novel)

USA Today best seller

Includes discussion questions for book clubs 

©2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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  • Susan
  • 08-09-15

This was OK

I haven't listened to or read Max Lucado before. I found the book somewhat less spiritual than I was expecting, but it is a nice story. Very clean, gives you a feel good ending.It certainly is a safe novel for those trying to avoid bad language and graphic sex scenes. There was enough humor to keep you going and it made me really want to open a quaint coffee and baked goods shop.

I really liked the ending as far as the imagery goes. Spoiler alert!
What I liked most was when the main character was shown the worst parts of her life and the fact the God's Presence was with her though she wasn't
aware of it; and then the quote stating something like as believers "Abandonment is a myth and loneliness is a choice." Those are my takeaways from the book.

I typically like a little more depth in my books, but this was OK.

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  • Jamie Smith
  • 06-07-15

Trusting in your faith

Great story on love and forgiveness. Even when you feel all alone God is always with you.

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  • Shannon
  • 06-02-15

Special Story

Memorable story that reminds us all that we are never alone. I loved how Manny showed her this at the end.

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  • Ladylyon
  • 11-05-21

lovely story

I love Max Lucado's books. This one reminds us we are never alone. Very easy to listen to & follow and such a sweet ending. With God there is always hope & He is always with us.

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  • Shortback VA
  • 01-04-21

I am so glad it is about God and his angles

They did not let the dark angles the devil take over in this story we only need the love of God.

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  • Susan K Barney
  • 05-03-21

A great cup of coffee!

I am a long time fan of Max Lucado’s books. I have read some of them several times. I will do the same with this one. Another encouraging book telling of God’s faithfulness and love through life’s ups and downs.

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  • Erika Simon
  • 26-01-16

Not enlightening

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Ben Holland?

Probably not, unless i was specifically told of a great one but this story didnt particularly sell me on the book.

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It was expected, no wow factor!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was good. The voice was soothing and the pace was fitting.

Do you think Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the story doesn't really have much to expand on thus a follow up book would be strange and un-needed.

Any additional comments?

mediocre

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  • knk
  • 19-09-15

Cheesy

An ok listen, but certainly no page turner. 100% predictable. Unfortunately I didn't find the religious message inspiring either.

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  • R. Mingo
  • 14-09-15

simple and predictable bit sweet

I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was Christian fiction. that may be off putting to some people. the story was pretty simple with a predictable storyline, but sometimes a simple sweet story is nice. I enjoyed it but wouldn't recommend it for any awards.

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  • Pamela
  • 03-07-22

Wonderful

It was wonderful Thank you for the people who took the time to do The work