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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. 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.

©2015 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 01-28-17

Simple Story . . . of what church SHOULD be

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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A fun, Christian read

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.

MY TAKE
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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  • Joycej
  • PEARL, MS, US
  • 04-18-17

Shelter

Good. Sweet, clean and enjoyable love story. I will share this book with a friend.

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Enjoyed

Nice easy story with happy ending with good narration...thanks
Hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

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Shelter

What a beautiful, heartfelt story.

Maggie needs to go... she’s not sure where, but she has faith that she’ll find what she needs. She not only finds the place she’s meant to be, but also the people she’s meant to be with.

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

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Fresh Christian romance about finding God's will.

This is a well-written and well performed Christian story about a young woman who follows God's leading to leave an abusive relationship. God directs her to a Church that doubles as a homeless shelter. The characters are true to life. The story is compelling. Having worked in a homeless shelter, I was surprised how many details of homeless life and the discrimination they face were accurately portrayed. This story is light on grit and is more uplifting, but it is still gets many details correct. I enjoyed this book and think it is perfect for an inspirational summer listen.

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Sweet Story

This is a story of overcoming, of hope and of a sweet romance.

Maggie is down on her luck when she decides to make a change in her life. Leaving her life behind her, Maggie takes off in a with her dog, very few belongings and heads towards Maine right into a blizzard. As she talks to God to guide her she ends up at the Open Door Church which doubles as a homeless shelter. While at the shelter, Maggie found she had a purpose for her life and she found friendship and love.
Lisa Kelly does a fine job of narrating.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Christian Romance with a twist.

This one was quite fun. It had a very different plot from most and in an environment that most people aren't familiar with - a homeless shelter. I would recommend this one to those who enjoy a good Christian romance book. The author did a nice job with the character development and plot. Thanks to the narration by Lisa Kelly, which I fully enjoyed, I finished this book rather quickly.

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

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A Shelter for Change

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this title. As I began to listen,I was drawn in. I wanted to know Maggie’s story and get to know everyone around her.

There quite a few terms and phrases that made me laugh and I did enjoy all the references to things I am familiar with (ie tv shows, stores). I also liked finding out, along with Maggie, what her purpose is. It made me reflect on that for myself. I do love when a story makes me think. I really appreciated the message of this book and hope others will, too.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily posted an honest review.

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Shelter


Shelter
: Robin Merrill

A clean Christian book set in a homeless shelter. The many different people whose circumstance bring them together for a time. The listener learns of real problems that people face and how God and his people work to help them. There is even a sweet romance. I hope there will be more books in this series, since this is listed as book 1.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Lisa Kelly.



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