Divine Appointments challenged my attention span in more ways than one. Accustomed to "consuming" books, I picked up this one with eager expectation of being amused, entertained and inspired. Sadly however, I was none of the above. I had to constantly remind myself that I needed to finish reading the novel. The far-fetched idea of a "living" globe, coupled with the beleaguered writing of a journal by one of the secondary characters was more than my mind could handle. I was truly disappointed by the author's interpretation and development of the idea of Divine Appointments.
From the start, this book was a little challenging to get into. The topics definitely were easy to relate too, but the characters and "supernatural" snow globe seemed a bit unrealistic and hard to believe. The storyline was understandable and once into the story, was easier to follow. A wonderful theme of trusting the Lord no matter what and doing what He wants you to do was present throughout. I just wish there was a little more presence of Jesus and what He can do to change your life and give you hope. He truly can change us and redirect our lives when He wants to. Life isn't just about our careers and how much we can store up for ourselves on earth, but focusing on the heavenly things. I do agree with the author that the Lord puts different people in our lives for a reason, and in essence, divine appointments. He is control of all, even when we don't understand it. Overall, an okay read and worth reading all the way to the end, even if the beginning was a bit rough.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
I decided to choose this book was because I am around the age of Josie Brooks. I was anxious to see what the Divine Appointment had to do with her life. I look to look at snow globes and wondered what the significance of the snow globe was for her. I loved how the other used the sounds scenery in the snow globe to depict Josie's feelings. Josie had a busy life with things going fast paced. I think Josie felt that she was too busy in her life to have a relationship. She had a consulting job to do for the company. I don't think it bothered her as much at first who she was agreeing to terminate until she got to really know the people. Josie had a very dyfunctional family growing up so she didn't know any better. But through Barb, Marsha and many of the others she started to find herself. I felt as though I knew Barb Dewitt so well. She cared for everyone. You could tell that Frank really cared for her. I think we can all learn from the Encouragement Club. I had a hard time getting into this book at first but as I continued reading it, I could not put it down. All of the characters seem to find themselves after they learned a great deal from Barb. She was indeed a divine appointment that touched everyone. And...of course Snow globe had a big hand in it too. When I look at a snow globe from now on, I think I will look more at its significance rather than its beauty. This is a must read book. I give it 4 stars. I received this book from Waterbrook Multmonah to review. This review contains my personal thoughts about this book and no one else.
Independent and menopausal, Josie Brooks is a business consultant whose job is to streamline companies, recommending deep employee cuts among other things. Her encounters with a true friend, a bleeding-heart man, people who care about each other, a mystical snow-globe, and a series of coincidences change how she sees herself and those around her.
Divine Appointments was a bit disjointed at the beginning, although it did improve as the book went on. As for the spiritual implications, there weren't any. One secondary character was presented as a believer. And the faith of one minor character was mentioned in passing. However, that character married a self-proclaimed non-Christian, with a "maybe-he'll-get-religion" attitude. Not the kind of Biblical response one generally expects from Christian fiction.
It would be a stretch, but the mystical snow-globe with a running river quenching Josie's thirst could be used to illustrate the Living Water and our thirst for Christ. But that certainly was not made clear in this novel.
And just to be aware of potentially controversial inclusions, wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages were consumed throughout the book, though in a wine-with-dinner, grab-a-beer-after-work way. Also, a figurine of a nude couple embracing was a focal point for the main character who longs for that kind of intimacy. It did specify that it was a nonsexual embrace, however, the nudity was completely unnecessary and potentially offensive.
All in all, a relatively clean story with an emphasis on the importance of relationships and encouraging each other. But I wouldn't recommend it.
A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group with no expectation of a positive review.
The Up Side: Charlene Ann Baumbich has captured the unique personalities of each of her characters in a way that made me feel as though I had known them for years. I especially liked Josie Brooks. I was able to relate to her drive to be successful and in control, until the events of life are no longer controllable. I believe that the people and events in our life are more than consequences they are divine appointments.
The Downside: I never really understood the need for the sidebar writing tangent of the character Marsha who was dealing with life's roller coaster ride of divorce. The character names were bizarre and hard to pronounce and I found myself just skipping over these unnecessay page fillers. The book was complete with out the distraction.