Any Minute: A Novel

Any Minute: A Novel

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by Joyce Meyer, Deborah Bedford
     
 

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Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves—especially children and her husband, Joe—but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.
One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She

Overview

Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves—especially children and her husband, Joe—but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.
One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is presumed dead by those on the "outside," but Sarah's spirit is still very much alive. What she discovers on the other side transforms everything about Sarah's view of life—past, present, and future.
When Sarah is revived, she is a changed woman. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

Editorial Reviews

Debbie Macomber
The Penny is an emotionally gripping story that stayed with me for days. Unforgettable! In their own bold and savvy way, Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford shake up the Christian fiction world.
New York Times bestselling author
Max Lucado
You'll love this book! Expect to be captured in the first few pages. Need a reminder of God's plan to use little things to make a big difference? Then dig in.
New York Times bestselling author, on The Penny
Max Lucado - New York Times bestselling author
"You'll love this book! Expect to be captured in the first few pages. Need a reminder of God's plan to use little things to make a big difference? Then dig in."
From the Publisher
"The Penny is an emotionally gripping story that stayed with me for days. Unforgettable! In their own bold and savvy way, Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford shake up the Christian fiction world."—Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author"

You'll love this book! Expect to be captured in the first few pages. Need a reminder of God's plan to use little things to make a big difference? Then dig in."—Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author, on The Penny

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446582537
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than eighty inspirational books, including The Secret to True Happiness, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life, the entire Battlefield of the Mind family of books, her first venture into fiction with The Penny, and many others. She has also released thousands of audio teachings, as well as a complete video library. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday LifeÒ radio and television programs are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences. Joyce and her husband, Dave, are the parents of four grown children and make their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Deborah Bedford is a career fiction writer who began her professional life as a journalist in a Colorado mountain town. Deborah and her husband, Jack, have two children and live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Any Minute 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 55 reviews.
Linda-Mai-Ellen More than 1 year ago
This is a character-driven story. The story takes a while to build up, but it's worth it. Many of us live life as if we're constantly driving on the highway. We forget to calm down, to cherish the people around us and to spread happiness. Saying sincere thank yous, paying for someone else's coffee, thinking of the less fortunate ... Our time with others isn't infinite, and we take many things for granted. At first, I was annoyed with Sarah because I couldn't believe she's letting so many things pass her by, but she grows as a character. I don't want to spoil anything, but maybe this story is a contemporary look at Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I also didn't like how her husband Joe approached the matter about Sarah's behaviour. He could have chosen his words more carefully, but everything seems to happen for a reason. I like her son Mitchell. He's an innocent boy who doesn't want to see his parents fight. He also believes in angels. He happens to see one helping out with the scoreboards at the Cubs baseball game, but his parents attribute this to his wild imagination. Even though this book is considered christian fiction, I enjoyed it. There aren't any biblical references or anything of that sort, but simply that there is someone watching over you and that everyone is loved. This is an easy read. If you're living on the fast lane and barely taking care of yourself, let alone those who are around you, you might want to consider slowing down and taking in the sights, literally. If you like contemporary christian fiction, give this one a shot. (bambireads.blogspot,com)
BookReviewsByDebra More than 1 year ago
Sarah Harper has forsaken her family for the success she wants in her career. Her husband Joe, her son Mitchell, and her baby Kate are left without her more times than she cares to admit. She wants to be everything to everyone around her, but she's finding the pressure to please all is just too much. Her view of life changes one rainy morning as she hurries to meet her boss and some new clients for an all-important meeting. Instead of reaching her destination, she drives off a bridge. What Sarah experiences as rescuers try to find her body will change her life, and the lives of the people around her, forever. The people she encounters during this time will show her what will truly make her happy. She will learn that the love and approval she has always sought from others was with her all along from our Heavenly father. I absolutely loved this story. Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford have woven together a tale that speaks volumes in today's hectic-scheduled life. We all find ourselves at some point seeking the love and approval of people who make us feel less than we are. God is who we should seek. The conflicts between Sarah and Joe and the guilt she feels over her children happen in so many households today. Watching her spiritual growth was truly heartwarming. Ellen Archer was the best narrator I have ever heard. This is one inspirational story I know you will love just as I did.
Chelley40 More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book at the present time. I am only on the 10th chapter, but so far, this book is GREAT! I read it on my lunch hour and almost forgot to go back to work when the hour was up.I have never read anything by Deborah Bedford before; but I have the podcasts (and a few other books) by Joyce Meyer. This book shows how easy it is to get "caught" up with everyday life and if we're not careful, it will destory us. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to everyone!
LeiaJ More than 1 year ago
What a great storyline, we just don't kniw how quick our lives can takea turn.   We uust have to remember god is always here for us.  Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it's a great story, A newfound spiritual life adventure for me. It makes me want to reach out to people whom i have been distant from for some time now. I encourage anyone to read this novel it's a real eye opener. ENJOY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only on chapter 3, but I love it already. I actually didn't want to put it down last night but had to. Although I've slowed down some in my life, I can definitely relate to Sarah's busyness. I can't wait to see how the story unfolds...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much.
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An instant classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Really opens your eyes and keeps you guessing. Lets you realize how powerful God is.
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This book really makes you stop & think about how precious life is.It delves deeply into the dynamics of family & your faith walk with God. I recommend this book to all that are struggling with family relationships.It will also reinforce how much God loves us all!
dr77 More than 1 year ago
This did have a good message the story did seem a little slow at times.
dreaswill3 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, but it was not one of my favorites. I thought the storyline was good; it was just a simple storyline that was predictable most of the time. I enjoyed the encounter with the "stranger" and how he was incorporated into the story. Some parts of the book were awkward because it didn't seem like they fit together, so the story was hard to follow at those moments. I appreciate the message that this book is trying to send. I would have liked to see the characters grow a little bit more so I could get to know them better and see into their lives a little bit more. This is not a book that I would recommend to others right off, but for those who really enjoy reading, I think they could see the good points in the book.
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I was ready to put the book down, as it took too long to get the story going.  Main character Sarah is not very likable, even after her near death experience.  Her good deeds not believable, when she continued to treat her husband Joe so poorly.  Joe and Mitchell were the only saving grace of the book.  Well written when story talked about Joe and Mitchell and what they went through.  Story ended too abruptly.
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LLD_Boo More than 1 year ago
Especially, just out of curiosity, the first several chapters really intrigued me. I found myself wondering, at first, if this was a "true" story; it was certainly written in a "true story" fashion. Near the middle, I almost put it down without finishing; because it resembled similar stories, particularly an old classic. However, I'm glad I stuck with it through the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read with a great ending.
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Enjoyed it very much.