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I loved Shelter and Robin Merrill's sequel, Daniel, both about The Open Door Church and Mission and the people who call it home and those who minister there . . . none of them are clean as a whistle, cookie cutter Christians . . . and do not pretend to be . . . the authorities are always on speed dial, ready to respond to a disturbance at the shelter . . . and some in the town are looking for any reason to shut the place down . . . but God stays one step ahead of them . . . this is the story of how Maggie and Galen began, how she, broken and afraid, asked God to help her escape from an abusive relationship in another state to drive in a blizzard to Maine, when God told her to GO . . . how she learned that she was good at cutting hair, in fact, and even better at serving God as a beautician and friend to the homeless . . . Robin Merrill is expert at showing us how God takes humanity's outcast and beaten down, and day by day, sets their feet gently on solid ground, through the love and ministry of His children . . . I hope the series continues . . .
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WHAT IT'S ABOUT
She begged God to rescue her. He said, “Go.” So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn’t exactly hers, with a dog who wasn’t exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. Mattawoopwhat? What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.
This is a fun, Christian read with an interesting cast of characters. It's maybe a romance (it has a strong romantic element), but it's also very much about Maggie's growth and finding herself. Galen is a great guy and quite a contrast to the guy Maggie had been involved with before.
It dragged a little in the late middle of story, and there were some things that happened that didn't really seem to go anywhere, and I wondered why they were included. But perhaps that fits the odd assortment of characters at the homeless shelter.
I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was adequate but sounded like she was in a tunnel.
3 1/2 stars, rounded up to a 4.
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