Business Unusualby Linda F Beed
Unbeknownst to them, the lives of five people cross at a very crucial time. Bernadette Lewis' business endeavor is more than a financial blessing. For Treva Scott, Falimah Meyer and Brian Chin, it will become the ministry that
Business Unusual is a Contemporary Christian fiction novel that reaches beyond the superficial in order to deal with the heart of matters.
Unbeknownst to them, the lives of five people cross at a very crucial time. Bernadette Lewis' business endeavor is more than a financial blessing. For Treva Scott, Falimah Meyer and Brian Chin, it will become the ministry that shapes their futures. In terms of Hayes Davis, his skewed vision of women and life in general will be challenged beyond anything he ever expected when he seeks the companionship of Bernadette.
Each individual is faced with a choice. It will be their choice that will determine if they will walk the ordained path to fulfilling purpose or detour down the road of self-satisfaction.
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Bernadette Lewis is a living example of a blessed woman who obeys God. A loving and God-fearing family is the foundation for her success and unwavering faith in God. As president of her own company, Bernadette begins each day with prayer and thanksgiving. Even when faced with conflicts in the workplace, she never makes a decision without consulting God. That is until Hayes Davis enters her life. Hayes Davis is handsome, successful and self-centered. The problem is he doesn't know it. Hayes' less than godly upbringing blinds him to the fact that he's self-serving even with God. He pursues Bernadette with the purpose of satisfying his physical desires, but soon discovers he's in a battle that spiritually he's not equipped for. In Business Unusual, Linda Beed portrays a realistic view of what happens when we move outside of God and lean to our emotions and flesh. The story is filled with relatable support characters whose lives also convey a message of trusting more in God than in what is seen with the natural eye. I particularly loved Bernadette's father. Joseph is a strong man who is not afraid to love his daughters. He not only physically protects his family, but fights for them in the Spirit as well. Business Unusual doesn't have an ending. Instead, it stops, leaving the reader with anticipation for the sequel.
Temptation doesn¿t always come in such obvious forms as beautiful women, fast cars, fancy homes, and high-paying jobs it can often be much more subtle, creeping up on us under the guises of misleading friendly ¿advice¿ or the silent betrayal of trusted co-workers. As with any battle, it¿s difficult to fight an enemy that can¿t be readily identified, so we¿re often left to rely on unproven means to defend ourselves against the most daunting threats to our mind and person. Welcome to Hayes Davis¿s life: a born-again Christian determined to walk the straight and narrow, he suddenly finds himself struggling to maintain the new order of his life. Fueled by his desire to atone for past mistakes, he remains resolute in keeping himself chaste in mind, thought, and deed - until he meets the incomparable Bernadette Lewis. A successful entrepreneur and all-around phenom, Bernadette is a prime catch for any man - and Hayes refuses to let her be the one that got away. The price of her love is not cheap, though, and Hayes soon realizes that he can¿t hustle his way into her heart rather, he must earn her trust through the legitimacy of his walk with God. Bernadette is not entirely free of drama herself, though: back-biting colleagues and a checkered family past serve as her own crosses to bear, and she finds herself in the role of pupil almost as often as she aims to instruct others - Hayes included. In portraying her so, Beed effectively highlights Bernadette¿s personal evolution as a metaphor for the fact that none of us are above any other in the greater spiritual scheme of things. As much as she may appear to have it together, she is still a work in progress, as are we all. Business Unusual is a revealing introspective look into the true inclinations of the heart. Peppered with colorful quotes and timely scriptures, Beed¿s tale both enlightens and entertains. The language is a bit stilted and the dialogue often stiff, which slows the pace of story at times. The message comes through loud and clear, though, and speaks volumes to those who may be seeking to cut corners on the way to Glory: there is only one path that matters, and, while it¿s not straight and smooth, the destination is well worth the journey.