Ernie Price operates the gas station in the small town of Hubbell, Michigan during the 1970s. He is involved in his church and community organizing a Christmas party for the poorer families in town, and leading the kids’ choir at his church. Life goes on as usual until a man robs the local grocery store killing the owner and wounding Ernie.
Physically incapacitated by the attack Ernie works on coming back and tries to discover God’s purpose for his survival. Will Ernie find it and make a real difference? Find out in Service Station Angel by Lisa J Schuster.
I enjoyed this book. Schuster’s childhood in Hubbell is evident in her debut novel. She understands her characters and the setting with a depth sometimes lacking in seasoned writers. The story is sweet, interesting, and powerful.
I did think there was something lacking, though I could not quite put my finger on anything specific. But for a first book Schuster is well on her way to becoming an excellent author, and someone to look out for in future. I am looking forward to reading her future books.
Why God allows bad things to happen is a major theme in this book. Several characters wonder why God allowed this to happen to Ernie, and when the purpose is revealed it changes lives.
On the whole, this is an enjoyable book with a powerful message. I give it four out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!