The story features three humans and two angels. The angels have been assigned to help the humans find God’s will for their lives. They offer inspiration, good luck, divine intervention, and at times, appear in human form.
“One review of the book didn’t like the angels,” comments the author. “She said that everything I had to say about a “still small voice” should have been attributed to the Holy Spirit, instead. She’s right. It could have been the Holy Spirit, but I had to use angels in order to create a dialogue. Characters speak when they don’t understand or don’t know something.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t need to explain anything to the rest of the Trinity, because they already agree with each other. So, instead, I made one angel an apprentice, and one a supervisor, so that they would have something to talk about.”
At the end of each chapter, the angels discuss why God has answered one prayer with a no, and another with a yes. The angels take a look at why bad things happen to nice people. It also discusses why good things happen to not so nice people and why bad things happen to bad people.
The main character is a young adult woman, Melanie Worlds, who has run out of luck; no job, no friends, no future. Desperately wanting to replace the middleclass life she once knew up on “the Hill”, her faith is being tested to the limits. JT, her newest friend, is up to something, but Melanie isn’t sure what it is. And then Brad, her high school crush, comes back to town. She can’t let him know how bad it is, or he’ll lose all respect for her. And, to make matters worse, someone is trying to break into her apartment.
None of her prayers are getting answered, and she feels all alone. But she’s not. Two guardian angels have been assigned to help these three humans. The angels know God’s plan, and it’s going to take everything they’ve got to pull it off. To battle temptation, the angels will need to instill courage; courage to dare, courage to dream, and most of all, courage to love one another.
“On Higher Ground” has been getting four and five star reviews on Amazon. People who have read the manuscript have this to say.
“A stunning story of angels, wonder and redemption. Prepare to be amazed.” Duffy Brown, author of “Iced Chiffon” and “Killer in Crinolines”
“This is a novel with a lot of heart and soul. But it's also a very grounded one, thanks to the vivid, sometimes gritty details that Paula Hrbacek weaves into the narrative. So many spiritual novels aren't, and the characters end up being mouthpieces for the author's beliefs. That doesn’t happen with “On Higher Ground”. Hrbacek gets her message across without ever losing sight of the story itself or making her characters into cardboard cut-outs. The main characters -- Melanie, J. T., and Brad -- are fully fleshed out. We see them -- faulty lines, good intentions, and all -- and we care about what happens to them.” -- T. J. Banks, author of “Sketch People: Stories Along the Way”.
“This was a very well written book that I couldn’t put down. It was written in such a different way by having the story of people down here on earth and the angels in heaven discussing the people on earth. What a great concept. The entire book was enjoyable from start to finish and I highly recommend it.” Barbara Kuebler Renczkowski
Paula Hrbacek is the author of “Stars Shine After Dark” and four non-fiction craft books. “Day Camp in Hawaii” is a collection of activities for summer camp, summer school or recreational programs. She won first place in an international writing contest sponsored by Echoes of The Right to God in 2011. She majored in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and writes two newspaper columns for The Examiner, an online newspaper. One column is about book reviews, and the other is about children’s arts and crafts.
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