What a wonderful way to look at things! Imagine what could be if more people would put this into practice. My least favorite character Josie Brooks. Throughout the book, I had a difficult time getting past her selfish disdain for the feelings of others. Being a very sensitive person, I found it very tough to understand or connect with her.
Near the end of the book, I had almost reconciled myself to her ever-so-slowly changing attitude.
I wish Drinking - moderate Inappropriate scenes - none swearing - some I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review Jun 23, Rev. Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , fiction-single-women , fiction-interpersonal-relationships , fiction-business-analysists. Wonderful "stay out of the heat" book that I sandwiched in between reading textbooks for Fall Brite courses - from the publisher: "With the big fast approaching, Josie Brooks begins to question her structured, picture-perfect mid life.
But her precisely managed world begins to falter during a Chicago c Wonderful "stay out of the heat" book that I sandwiched in between reading textbooks for Fall Brite courses - from the publisher: "With the big fast approaching, Josie Brooks begins to question her structured, picture-perfect mid life. Divine Appointments was a good story with a good premise and a positive, uplifting Christian message, but some of this book fell flat with me.
There were some parts, mostly the more in-depth business parts of the story that caused the book to move very slowly. It actually got to the point where I had to put the put down for a little while and pick it up again later. Her existence is her work and that had to be a big part of the story. It just did not hold my attention very well. I could see some of myself in her, which made me relate to her easily and I enjoyed watching her change and soften as the story when on.
It was also nice to see how Charlene tied Stray Affections into this story in a small but meaningful way. Overall, Divine Appointments is a nice book, not a particularly fast read, but it has a good message and is fairly well delivered. I definitely liked Stray Affections better and I will continue to look forward to more books in this series.
More than anything though, I like the snowglobe theme. Book 2 in the Snowglobe Series and my verdict The mysterious snowglobe still plays a role in the story but this time rather than hiding in the back corners, it sits in the passenger seat to help guide our leading lady. Overall, it struck me as a book about the heart warming changes that can take place if you just give life, in all it's vibrant colors, a chance.
Josie was not the only one transformed in this book Each character was changed in Book 2 in the Snowglobe Series and my verdict Each character was changed in one way or another, but all for the better. From the frustrating losses to the triumphs both professionally and personally, the resounding message I heard was that of a fairly famous quote No man is an island. In living that lesson by example, her characters create an Encouragement Club Bookmarks up to author Charlene Ann Baumbich as she strives to send a message of good will to readers round the world.
Recommended reading for young adult readers through adult. There's a message in here for one and all Happy reading! Jul 13, Teresa added it. In the beginning I was sure I was going to like the book. Josie came off hard and was given the nickname of "dragon" which she well deserved.
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As I read the book further Josie had to have this type of personality in order to be able to perform the job she was asked to do. With her giving recomendations on who kept their job and who was to be let go did not make her many friends. Although Barb was ultimately let go she started the Encourgement club to help the people who were let go. Barb kept up In the beginning I was sure I was going to like the book.
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I did not really care for Marsha's side book. To me it was overkill. After all the recommendations Josie had made through all the different companies she had the tables turned on her and she was one of the cuts. This made Josie more likeable to see how it feels to be to be ont he other side of the coin.
I like that she made a friend and finally had someone she could talk to. I also like the additon of her dad and the background it mde Josie be more multi dimensional. Overall I like the book, and once I started had a hard time putting it down.
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I received this book free for my review from Walterbrook Multnomah Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich carries you into the world of corporate restructuring through the eyes of a 47 year old consultant. Josie is smart, talented and at the top of her game - helping businesses restructure during thecurrent economic downturn. She is living a dream life of no financial concerns, no day-in day-out boss telling her what to do, the next work site just around the corner, and thriving on her independence.
Yet, can anyone truly live happily in their well-ordered Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich carries you into the world of corporate restructuring through the eyes of a 47 year old consultant.
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Yet, can anyone truly live happily in their well-ordered solitary existence? While working a job in Chicago, Josie simultaneously battles hot flashes and a mid-life crisis.
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After picking up a mysterious snowglobe while on a trip, she slowly sees her life as it is - lonely, loveless, and transient. But is it too late for her to make relational connections so late in life? Charlene Baumbich has invited us into the lives of the characters - many of whom I can relate to! Grab a nice cup of tea, a warm blanket, and curl up and enjoy Divine Appointments. Click here to read Chapter 1! My rating: 4. Dec 05, Kate rated it liked it. The story centers around Josie and Lyle who work at Diamond Mutual.
Josie whose job is to give fellow employees the "pink slips" seemed harsh and unsympathetic in her execution of her job. I would assume that would be the type of employee to have in that position, one who doesn't get too attached to her coworkers, and add on top of that hotflashes well I guess her character would seem more miserable, I know I would! Lyle who is kindhearted and hates to say a terrible word about anyone would be t The story centers around Josie and Lyle who work at Diamond Mutual. Lyle who is kindhearted and hates to say a terrible word about anyone would be the perfect boss.
Add to the story Marsha and Barb co workers of Josie at Diamond Mutual who's private lives are very different from each other.
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Although I did laugh a few times I just couldn't relate to the characters in the book. I wanted to read this one because I am the same age as Josie and I have been through a corporate downsizing myself. This is the second novel in the series I think the first one needs to be read I am not sure I would consider this a stand alone novel. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group form this review.
Jan 28, Janna Ryan rated it liked it. This book is a step away from what I usually read. It is full of main characters which makes it a little disjointed, I had some issues keeping the characters and the time line straight not usually an issue for me. The overall storyline was quite interesting - Josie is a freelance consultant that goes into big businesses and helps them streamline and cut where necessary. Many times this means cutting staff, and in this case she has to make some recommendations. Soon Lyle, Barb and many more are This book is a step away from what I usually read.
Soon Lyle, Barb and many more are out on the street while Marsha finds herself getting promoted.