Divine Appointments, Snow Globe Connections Series #2
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Throw in hot flashes, a dose of loneliness, a peculiar longing for intimacy, an unquenchable thirst-not to mention a mysterious snowglobe 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.
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
Series: Snowglobe Connections
With the big 5-0 fast approaching, Josie Brooks begins to question her structured, picture-perfect (mid)life.
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 thirstnot to mention a mysterious snowglobe with a serene landscape, complete with a flowing river and lush greenery that seems to be beckoning her inand Josies buttoned-up life is on the verge of coming completely undone. Maybe her solitary existence isnt 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.
Charlene Ann Baumbich is a popular author, speaker, and award-winning journalist who is passionate about rejuvenating lives through humor. Her writing includes the best-selling Dearest Dorothy series and Stray Affections, the first Snowglobe Connections novel, and seven inspirational nonfiction books. Charlene lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Charlene Ann Baumbichs Divine Appointments is a book that intrigued me from the first page. A delightful, unique heroine and a story well told with twists and turns and layers peeled back. Insightful. Dont miss it. Lyn Cote, author of Her Abundant Joy
Corporate America seems to run on appointments. Divine Appointments, a character-driven page-turner, keeps the reader guessing who next will get kicked out of the corporate loop to meet their ultimate appointment. Baumbich knows how to make things happen in her wry mixture of humor and surprise. Above all, the charactersand readersdiscover that life is to celebrate via appointments with God. Eric Wiggin, author of The Hills of God and The Gift of Grandparenting
Inspirational novelist Baumbich (Dearest Dorothy series) presents readers with a lovely story of forgiveness, restoration, and a dash of hopeful whimsy thrown in for pure pleasure. Baumbich reaches deep into the hearts recesses, but does so with the precision of the most skilled emotional physician. For that, her readers will feel nothing but gratitude. Publishers Weekly
Stray Affections is a story so joyous and so magical that it should come with a warning label: Do not pick up this book unless you, like Cassie and the unforgettable characters who are a part of her world, are prepared for a journey that will change your life. Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife
A tender story by a writer who understands the magic of second chances and the redeeming power of unconditional love. Lisa Wingate, author of Tending Roses and Word Gets Around
Josie, a consultant for the insurance company, has been single her whole life, without even one serious friend. When she begins her work at the company, she makes more enemies than friends. Lyle, the companys vice president, finds out Josies assignment involves cutting an entire department from the company, including firing Barb, who has worked at the company for more than 20 years. Meanwhile, as employees are cut, Marsha begins to deal with more responsibilities at work and with her bitterness toward her ex-husband, and Lyle and Josie find their mutual attraction confusing.
Divine Appointments, while an entertaining story, might be hard to finish due to its lack of focus on one particular character. Four protagonists make the reader feel split for most of the book, although their interactions and involvements are both believable and tied up smartly at the end. The novel isnt overtly Christian, meaning the characters dont become converted. God is mentioned, as is religion and church, but the fundamentals of Christianity, such as forgiveness and trust, are examined as generic qualities. The issue of unyoked believers is mentioned subtly, as well.
Baumbich will keep you entertained, but she might leave you questioning the books intent and focus. This book would make a good discussion starter for small groups, families, and spouses who are facing layoffs, financial setbacks or career upheavals. Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Beth Hoffman, best-selling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
"Charlene Ann Baumbichs Divine Appointments is a book that intrigued me from the first page. A delightful, unique heroine and a story well told with twists and turns and layers peeled back. Insightful. Dont miss it."
Lyn Cote, author of Her Abundant Joy
"Corporate America seems to run on appointments. Divine Appointments, a character-driven page-turner, keeps the reader guessing who next will get kicked out of the corporate loop to meet their ultimate appointment. Baumbich knows how to make things happen in her wry mixture of humor and surprise. Above all, the charactersand readersdiscover that life is to celebrate via appointments with God."
Eric Wiggin, author of The Hills of God and The Gift of Grandparenting
SerenajoSt. Louis, MOAge: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5A Difficult ReadApril 27, 2011SerenajoSt. Louis, MOAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Divine 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.
GretchenGrand Rapids, MIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good book for the struggling economyMarch 27, 2011GretchenGrand Rapids, MIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4From 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.
emmylou585IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Divine AppointmentsMarch 27, 2011emmylou585IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
Brenda RisnerRuckersville, VAAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5A disappointing read, and not a Christian book.March 25, 2011Brenda RisnerRuckersville, VAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1A disappointing read, and not a Christian book.
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.
nolagirlatheartHouston, TXAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Life is full of Divine AppointmentsMarch 16, 2011nolagirlatheartHouston, TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The 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.
Divine Appointments: All in all a good read!