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Shelter

Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
Series: Shelter, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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She begged God to rescue her. He said, "Go." So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn't exactly hers, with a dog who wasn't exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.

©2015 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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An enjoyable book

I thought this was a very sweet charming story, with the Christian theme running through it in a very natural way. The pace was slowish but I found it relaxing to listen to because of this. The narrator had a kind upbeat voice.

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  • Debbie
  • 28-01-2017

Simple Story . . . of what church SHOULD be

I loved Shelter and Robin Merrill's sequel, Daniel, both about The Open Door Church and Mission and the people who call it home and those who minister there . . . none of them are clean as a whistle, cookie cutter Christians . . . and do not pretend to be . . . the authorities are always on speed dial, ready to respond to a disturbance at the shelter . . . and some in the town are looking for any reason to shut the place down . . . but God stays one step ahead of them . . . this is the story of how Maggie and Galen began, how she, broken and afraid, asked God to help her escape from an abusive relationship in another state to drive in a blizzard to Maine, when God told her to GO . . . how she learned that she was good at cutting hair, in fact, and even better at serving God as a beautician and friend to the homeless . . . Robin Merrill is expert at showing us how God takes humanity's outcast and beaten down, and day by day, sets their feet gently on solid ground, through the love and ministry of His children . . . I hope the series continues . . .

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  • Catrina P
  • 07-06-2018

Shelter

What a beautiful, heartfelt story. Maggie needs to go... she’s not sure where, but she has faith that she’ll find what she needs. She not only finds the place she’s meant to be, but also the people she’s meant to be with. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • pixledust
  • 07-06-2018

Fresh Christian romance about finding God's will.

This is a well-written and well performed Christian story about a young woman who follows God's leading to leave an abusive relationship. God directs her to a Church that doubles as a homeless shelter. The characters are true to life. The story is compelling. Having worked in a homeless shelter, I was surprised how many details of homeless life and the discrimination they face were accurately portrayed. This story is light on grit and is more uplifting, but it is still gets many details correct. I enjoyed this book and think it is perfect for an inspirational summer listen.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 10-08-2017

A fun, Christian read

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
She begged God to rescue her. He said, “Go.” So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn’t exactly hers, with a dog who wasn’t exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. Mattawoopwhat? What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.

MY TAKE
This is a fun, Christian read with an interesting cast of characters. It's maybe a romance (it has a strong romantic element), but it's also very much about Maggie's growth and finding herself. Galen is a great guy and quite a contrast to the guy Maggie had been involved with before.

It dragged a little in the late middle of story, and there were some things that happened that didn't really seem to go anywhere, and I wondered why they were included. But perhaps that fits the odd assortment of characters at the homeless shelter.

I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was adequate but sounded like she was in a tunnel.

3 1/2 stars, rounded up to a 4.

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  • Joycej
  • 18-04-2017

Shelter

Good. Sweet, clean and enjoyable love story. I will share this book with a friend.

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  • Q Garcia
  • 12-07-2020

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A sweet story of life in a homeless shelter that is attached to a church.

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  • tnfarmgal
  • 21-05-2020

Intretesting Storyline

This was different than what I expected. That being said, it was quite Intretesting how the author weaved the story together. It was a sweet and clean listen and I loved the ending. Narrator did a good job. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 18-04-2020

Great Read

Shelter (Shelter, #1) was another great read by Robin Merrill. Maggie was begging God to rescue her from the situation that she was in. God told her to “Go” so she left in the middle of a blizzard, with her dog and a car that wasn’t exactly hers. Unfortunately she ran out of gas in a small town in Maine. She finds that this is the town that God meant for her to go to, she found shelter and so much more. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more by Robin Merrill.

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  • Norma
  • 27-03-2020

An eye opener for someone with no experience.

Whether it’s typical or not I don’t know but it certainly gives me a lot to think about. The narration is great and enhances the story.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 26-03-2020

Getting An Answer

Maggie wanting an answer, when she heard a word, even in a blizzard she went. Finding a church with an open door policy. She found herself, God and friends and families, a place for her to belong. Good narration and was given audio for my voluntary review and my voluntary review