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June 11, 2015

Motivate Me: Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafè by Max Lucado

MOTIVATE ME is a sporadic feature here in Talk Supe which features things that inspires and motivates me to be positive, creative, and spiritual. #feelgoodfeels


Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe | Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson | Christian Fiction | February 1, 2015


I've always said that I'm not into Christian fiction because I don't like my faith getting trivialized or "fictionalized". If I want God-inspired stories, I prefer to read or follow real life ones at least I know it's not orchestrated and the "miracle" was for real and not some person's idea of what it should or could have been. 

My reading selection these past couple of weeks have been spotty and so I decided to pick up MIRACLE AT THE HIGHER GROUNDS CAFE as a palate cleanser. I haven't read any Max Lucado books before, although I've heard of him as I have friends who devour his books like I would pastries. I thought I got nothing to lose, if this was another dud, then I'll just add it to my ever growing pile of duds. 

MIRACLE AT THE HIGHER GROUNDS CAFE has a simple plot, Chelsea Chambers is struggling to make her life work and her guardian angel came to help her out. Soon enough, her cafe became the hubub for God's Blog, an actual website where each person can ask "God" one question and get a response. I was entertained to say the least and spent the afternoon engaged in Chelsea's story.

The novel has strong Hallmark feel-good vibes and it helped temper the religious aspect of the novel. There's a lot of corny scenes, but oddly enough, those were the ones that touched and moved me the most. I even found myself tearing up at some point! 

Anyway, I know a lot of you might not be into books like this. I still am, but for some reason I found MIRACLE AT THE HIGHER GROUNDS CAFE uplifting, relatable, and hopeful in its simplicity. I don't know when I'm going to read MLucado again, or Christian fiction at that, but I'm glad I did.







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33 comments:

  1. SOmetimes we need to try to see how the books really are. I didn't know about this one I confess but I don"t know...

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    1. That's alright, these types of books aren't for everyone. For me I was tired of the same thing and I needed something different but still relatable. This fit the bill somehow.

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  2. I love this feature! And the new blog design, because so much pretty for one, and because butterflies xDDD Very uplifting, big like!
    I'm not necessarily into Christian Fic myself, but then again there are those books that just do it for us, regardless of genre or pet peeves even sometimes, because they're such a palate cleanser. And anything that gives you the positive feels is awesome imo :D

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    1. I'm happy you approve. I tried to do it justice but your butterfiles are still the best!

      Yup, palate cleanser it is. If I can read hardcore sci-fi it'll probably be my just desserts, but I just can't get into those. So Christian fiction it is!

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  3. I totatlly am with you on the whole Christian thing. I hate reading a long and having a big miracle happen thanks to god. This one sounds a little more relaxed, and I could handle it.

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    1. There were passages and stuff. Again some "corny" parts but the fun and light plot tempered that.

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  4. Thanks Braine, I love the guardian angel trope and the fact that it's not heavy on the religion.
    I may give it a try.

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    1. I hope you like it even if it's different from the usual Guardian Angel fantasy tropes we read.

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  5. Now I'm wondering what some of the questions people asked were

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    1. Some are trivial, others were deep. It's a good "modern" concept

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  6. I don't read a lot of inspirational fiction and almost no non fiction and perhaps I should, but I just love the idea of this feature! There is so much potential to a host feature that is centered on (me) being a better me. It could be great for non book reviewers too! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Not sure I'll go out and read inspirational books, but I love the idea of maybe once a month focusing on things that inspire me to better myself :)

    Anyway, that was really rambly, but I love the new blog design! A new look always inspires me to blog :)

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    1. I know you're revamping your blog, maybe you can do something along the lines of inspirational.

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  7. Yay for sporadic features, lol! Interesting choice, and even more interesting that you ended up tearing up. What about all that darkness beneath that you're boasting about?!? hehehe :P You made me curious now, so making a note of this one. Hugs <3

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    1. Right? Hahaha! I guess I'm a softie at heart.

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  8. I have enjoyed some Christian romances in the past, Braine, but I am always afraid they will feel 'preachy'... This one sounds really good, though, and your Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts quote is excellent!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I'm glad you approve. I try to time my reads with your meme :)

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  9. Glad to hear it was a feel good read. I mostly read christian non-fiction

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    1. I prefer those too. JOsteen is my fave

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  10. Chris fic scares me, even when it is not preachy

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    1. The novel has a feel good element to it. Thank you!

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  12. Sometimes you just need a read like that. I like corny now and again too :D

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    1. I have to be in the right mood to appreciate books like this.

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  13. I have a Max Lucado on my shelf still to read. Eventually. Glad this one was a lovely feel-good. I think I'd like it based on what you're saying.

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    1. I have another one on my shelf but it feels too soon to read at this point.

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  14. I think it's great that you read books like these that are really good for the soul. A little positive reinforcement never hurt anybody. :)

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  15. I went through a whole box of books like this about 4 years ago. Someone suggested that I try to "keep the faith", as I was questioning God and everybody about the way my life was and why the ppl I loved most were dead or dying. Max Lucado's When God Whispers Your Name did something to me. That book wasn't in the box that was sent to me by the Chaplin at the Hospice Center. I got it from the library, and that book helped me through so much depression and stress. There are always CF and Inspirational books that I tend to avoid, but there are some that actually make you feel better or see things differently. I'm not into the "preachy", I just need a little something that will maybe change how I see things. I've only read that one book of his, but I'm adding this to my TBR.

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    1. I went through something similar to that years ago. I called it "the darkest days of my soul" lol. Sometimes we need little reminders like this to give us that little nudge to keep us going.

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  16. I think it's great you could enjoy a Christian Fiction book even if you had your doubts. I have never tried one before. Doesn't appeal, but I bet there is a lot out there that are amazing. Though I did have a book trick me one time and it ended up being pretty God heavy. It was okay.

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    1. I feel you. I have to be in the right frame of mind to get into something like this. Mood reader here!

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