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Daniel

Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
Series: Shelter, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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The sequel to the best seller Shelter.

Open Door Church has served as a homeless shelter for more than a decade. When their pastor dies unexpectedly, it's up to Galen and Maggie to take up the reins and keep the ministry going, which won't be easy, as newcomers seem intent on tearing it down. And then there's young Daniel, who seems to be working miracles in their midst, which, of course, isn't possible. Or is it?

©2016 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 01-23-17

Faith Like a Child

A church and a homeless shelter, both of which begin to struggle after the death of their pastor, a selfless man, with no family of his own . . . when Pastor Dan dies, leaving his small congregation and the homeless shelter without his leadership, a group of former "elders" swoop in and install a pastor with a "vision" of his own . . . a wolf in sheep's clothing . . . who has no love or interest in the guests in the shelter or the church, but only in exalting himself . . . in the midst of the the turmoil and angst is little Daniel and his mother, Harmony, who live at the shelter . . . as Daniel senses the need, he prays for people, individually, seeking God's healing touch . . . this enrages the elders, who demand that Daniel be silenced . . . the congregation shrinks . . . and Maggie and Galen who have long served at the Open Door Church become discouraged . . . the new pastor, Chris stays gone, supposedly raising money for the homeless shelter . . . while back home at the shelter, riotous behavior re-emerges with drugs and alcohol showing up at the shelter . . . Galen began the early morning practice of walking and praying over the church and the grounds which Pastor Dan did every day . . . and was joined by young Daniel . . . as all manner of evil invades the church, and I continued to listen to the story, I was filled with apprehension . . . how on earth was this tale going to end? why were these people allowing this to happen? But yet, again I was reminded that His ways are not our ways . . . this is a wonderful book . . . filled with the glory of our Almighty Savior . . . and just as in His word, it is by His Spirit, that all things are made right . . . the conclusion was perfect . . . God still moves . . .

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Another moving story by Robin Merrill.............

Daniel continues the story line from Shelter, picking up with Maggie, Galen and the residents at the Open Door Church and homeless shelter. This book begins eight years after Maggie and Galen became engaged, and they are now married with two children. Maggie has become not only the official cosmetologist for the shelter but de facto church secretary as well. The book starts with the pastor dying and proceeds with all the struggles that Maggie and her family as well as the members/residents of the Open Door go through with a new pastor and church elders whose attitudes and policies seem completely against the tenets of the church. Throughout this external and internal turmoil, Maggie and Galen strive to remain true to themselves, their family and their deep belief in their faith and spirituality. For fans of Shelter, this will be a both wonderful and at times heartbreaking visit with old favorites like Gertrude, Pete, Tiny and Harmony. For new fans to Merrill, this book is a wonderful example of her ability to blend Christian fiction with a touch of mystery and plenty of drama between friends and families.

Lisa Kelly narrates the first book in the series, and her performance in both is amazing. She differentiates well between the characters, and she uses the perfect level of emotion for every scene in the story. The combination of Merrill's prose and Kelly's narration makes for a wonderful use of an Audible credit.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Miracles and Faith

The Open Door Church has been dealt a blow, the death of their beloved Pastor Dan. Now the guests and members are faced with all the changes... Elders that have taken over, a new Pastor, and changes in how some of the guests are acting. People are losing faith, but then miracles seem to be happening, and in the center of it all is one little boy, Daniel.

Robin Merrill has written a powerful story with a strong message. This book really made me think (in a good way).

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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unexpected

when I read what the book was about, I didn't think it would be about a death, healing,9 year old and a lot of faith. it was and I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know

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  • Becky
  • PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 02-08-17

uplifting

not the best I've heard, the narrator did a good job but sounded like she was talking into a bowl. listened to the shelter by same author & narrator. it's great to hear positive stories with a happy ending