Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, by Max Lucado

book coverPublisher’s 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 curiouser 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.

Read on for my review, and information about an iPad giveaway and an opportunity to have coffee with Max via a live webcast.

My Take:

I’ve been a fan of Max Lucado for many years and have some of his Christian Living/Inspirational books on my shelves. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is not his first foray into fiction, but it’s the first that I’ve read. I presume most of my readers have read at least one Max Lucado book, but this is a great introduction for anyone who hasn’t. It isn’t a heavy read, the chapters are short, and I finished it within a day.

Miracle Higher Grounds Cafe Max LucadoYes, it is cliché at times. There’s the skeptical pastor and the child who believes. And yes, maybe it is a bit preachy especially in the replies and advice the many enquirers receive. And perhaps the conclusion concerning Chelsea’s personal life is a bit simplistic. But the characters are intriguing, especially Manny. We learn just who – or what – he is at the start of the book, and it’s fun to observe him getting to grips with life on earth. Overall, it’s a cute book to read and there are most definitely worse ways to spend a couple of hours.


Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson for my complimentary review copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

On Tuesday, 24 March, join Max and his daughter, Jenna, via a live webcast. They’ll be chatting about Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe among other subjects. For more information, click here.

Have you read Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (a division of Harper Collins)

Publication Date: 17 February 2015

Page Count: 192

Read more on:   Max Lucado’s Website   Thomas Nelson’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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