What secrets are hidden inside the armoire?
Maxine, a psychology major from Wisconsin, has always wondered what her grandmother kept locked away in her armoire. But when she inherits it, Maxine unlocks something divine and wonderful that's to lead her to the answer of her life's biggest question – what is my purpose? She embarks on a journey that opens her eyes, opens her heart, and lights a fire in her soul. She's shown things that people only dream of, as well as the things of nightmares. Inspired, Maxine sets her life on a new course, but life comes with pain, just as it does joy. Shaken by a devastating discovery, she has to learn to trust God to go where she cannot and protect who she cannot. Will she be able to stay the course, or will the discovery be too much for her to bear?
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Maxine is a young woman who has always wondered what was in her grandmother’s armoire. When her grandmother passes away, Maxine inherits the key to the armoire. Delighted and excited, Maxine must first find the key. When she finally finds it, she is in for an exciting adventure filled with joy, pain and also suffering. The only thing inside the armoire is a beautiful magical feather. When she picks it up, a sparkling angel of the Lord appears. It is Maxine’s guardian angel. The angel asks Maxine what she wants most in life. Maxine confesses that she only wants to know the purpose of her life. With that, Maxine and her guardian angel set out on an adventure. A magical experience of beautiful supernatural encounters, as well as, some more horrifying things. Through all their adventures, Maxine finds out that God does have a good plan for her life. And even though some things are hard, she learns that she must accept God’s plan. The Armoire is a delightful supernatural story filled with beauty and tragedy. I loved the main character Maxine and warmed up to her quite quickly. She is blessed to be chosen by God to show her the purpose of her life. I felt the story was realistic, as I have had supernatural experiences and things that the Lord has shown me. I loved how our author Ione Joy shows how in life we must change the things we can and accept the things we can’t. Maxine goes on a beautiful spiritual journey that many Christians will relate to. Even though it is a fantasy type read, reader’s will get the meaning of the story and will be able to easily apply it to their lives. The descriptions are dazzling and enchanting. Ione Joy has created a stunning world in her fabulous book The Armoire. The characters are likable and realistic. They are all well developed and multidimensional. Ione Joy has a way with words. She has created a beautiful painting with words that flow off the page. The storyline is extremely creative and well thought out. There is meaning to this story and readers will be inspired. I couldn’t put the book down and kept wondering what was going to happen next. All the adventures are exciting and interesting. The Armoire is one of the best Christian books that I have read in a long time. It is a real page turner and very inspirational. If you enjoy Christian stories with angels, the supernatural and the beauty of the universe, this is the book for you. The experiences that Maxine goes through portrays our beautiful world with its goodness and its tragedy. It’s an exciting journey and an enjoyable read. Ione Joy is an excellent writer and I’m looking forward to reading more books written by her.
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite The Armoire by Ione Joy tells us the tale of Maxine, a psychology major in Wisconsin who returns home for her grandmother’s funeral. Maxine and her grandmother had always been extremely close and she had told Maxine on many occasions that she was destined for something special. The only thing left to Maxine was her grandmother’s enormous, antique wooden armoire. As a child, she had often wondered what Grammy had kept in that special, locked cabinet, but she would only say it was something that would help Maxine in the future. When she finally found the key and managed to unlock the armoire, she was surprised to find it empty, save for one lone feather on the top shelf. No ordinary feather, though, because when Maxine touched it, an angel appeared to her and so begins a fascinating journey through one woman’s faith and beliefs. This book was stunningly written. The concept and the language were so appropriate to the story. Yes, it is true that The Armoire is written from a Christian perspective, but that makes it appealing both to Christians and non-Christians alike. Ione Joy has presented us with a lesson on life in this wonderful tale and we would all do well to heed the story. If you have ever read any of “The Left Behind” series and enjoyed it, then The Armoire will be right up your alley. As someone who doesn’t view Christianity as the only route to “salvation” in this world, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and the message behind it. Be prepared to be caught up in the author’s vision of the future and our part in it. It may or may not be accurate, but that is irrelevant. This is a wonderful read and I can highly recommend it.