Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Divine Appointments

Josie Brooks, at the age of 47, thought she was leading an enviable single life. A successful consultant, she calls her own shots, goes where the money is, and never needs to compromise. But her precisely managed world begins to falter during a Chicago contract when an economic downturn, a bleeding heart boss, and the loyalty and kindness between endangered employees ding her coat of armor.

Throw in hot flashes, a dose of loneliness, a peculiar longing for intimacy, an
unquenchable thirst—not to mention a mysterious snow globe with a serene landscape, complete with a flowing river and lush greenery that seems to be beckoning her in—and Josie’s buttoned-up life is on the verge of coming completely undone.

Maybe her solitary existence isn’t as fulfilling as she has convinced herself to believe. It will take a few new friends, a mystical encounter, and an unexpected journey to set Josie on her own path to “right-sizing” and making the life changes that really matter. Filled with laugh-out loud moments and a gentle dash of inspiration, Divine Appointments is another heartwarming charmer from a master storyteller.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Divine Appointments, go HERE.

Book Review

For a person who is hugely influenced by a book's cover, having a snowglobe, which too easily mimicked a crystal ball, along with the title, Divine Appointments, was not the best first impression.     It didn't take long after reading this book to realize that my gut instinct was correct.    

The book is based on Josie, a 47 year old single woman, who is a cut-throat business woman.     She has built her life the way she wants it.     She moves every year never putting down any roots which is probably a good idea since her job involves helping companies downsize.      The basis of the story is giving Josie a second chance.      A great idea for a story line except her second chance lies in a mysterious, mystical snowglobe.    I think this author missed the true chance to show that true second chances are found in Jesus Christ!

A book published by a Christian publishing company under the genre of Christian fiction should be just that:   Christian.      God and faith was lacking in this book.    And since this is the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, I was disappointed in this as a book.

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