Service Station Angel

Christian - Fiction
242 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2014
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Author Biography

Faith, family and friends inspired Lisa J. Schuster to write again and God nudged her to publish her first novel, Service Station Angel. She believes the words in this book are her service to readers, so that they may find joy and comfort during a season of time when they need it most. "May your hand reach up towards His so that you may touch another with Jesus' abundant love," prays Lisa.

Lisa lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband and two children. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, working with inner city youth, bible study groups, singing and theater.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

Ernie Price lives in the tiny town of Hubbell, Michigan. He took care of his parents until their death, then he filled his days running the local service station and his evenings volunteering at the church, or working to repair toys so that he can give them to the less fortunate at Christmas. He is always looking for ways to help others, his kindness is truly a testimony of his faith. When crime comes to the tiny town, something happens that allows Ernie to get a glimpse of Heaven, but he is given a choice whether to stay or to return to earth to take care of unfinished business. What will Ernie's decision be?

Service Station Angel by Lisa J. Schuster is a book that grabs the heart and doesn't let go. It's a story that transported me back to simpler time, to a small tight-knit community where everyone sincerely cares about each other. I really felt like I had stepped back in time, becoming a part of the community as I read this story. The people, their emotions, and their faith was so real, I could feel their hurt and heartache, but I could also feel the love and strength in this community. Ms. Schuster truly captures the essence of small town living. Ernie was such a remarkable character. I felt like he truly lived his faith. As the story unfolds, Ernie's life intertwines with the many secondary characters we are introduced to, including the so-called villain of the story. I say so-called, because I really didn't want to like the person who had brought crime to Hubbell, hurting those dear people, but the author allowed me to understand why he did what he did, which enabled me to feel compassion for a hurting soul! An emotionally stirring story that took me on a journey to a simpler time and place. While a work of fiction, there is no way not to be spiritually uplifted by reading Service Station Angel by Lisa J. Schuster.

Jalynn Patterson

My Review:

Service Station Angel is a very touching book about a man by the name of Ernie Price. A man that touched so many lives in a touching, pulling of your heart strings sort of way. He was a very humble man that operated a service station, he never met a stranger or so it seems. He was someone that relied on God to ease the pain of loneliness and to enable him to help out in his town in many different ways.

Upon reading of this very touching, down home book, I was very surprised that it was the author's first novel. She should of already been writing way back when. She is an excellent writer that can convey her thoughts very carefully through her characters. I enjoyed reading about Ernie and the different townspeople that he did so much to help.

He helps two local kids that down have a father figure in their lives. He helps wit the local toy drive at Christmas. He just helps out where ever he can. You don't run into many people like that nowadays. The unthinkable happens and changes everything.

Something happens in that little town that rocks it to its core and without Ernie and his strong will to help and pitch in, what are they to do? We will soon see what Ernie is truly made of in this thought provoking story of life in a Michigan town that sounds alot like any small town on Main Street, USA.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free in exchange for my honest review from the author.

Robyn Bernard

I was blessed to have won this book in a giveaway. The story was beautiful, sweet and inspiring and brought me to tears a few times. The characters in the book were all so wonderful and heartening that it was easy to embrace every one of them. I highly recommend this book and have already done so. Thank you Lisa Schuster for this moving and uplifting book!

Loren M. Mcghee

This book is HANDS DOWN one of the sweetest books I have read in a long time! I felt as if I had traveled back in time when life was simple, and everyone in town new everyone! Service Station Angel is a story about Ernie Price and his life in Michigan as a Service Station owner. Ernie is a humble man who loves to serve all of those in his community. I fell in love with Ernie and so many others in this sweet town.

It was such a treat to read this story by Lisa Schuster. To see a man who is so humble, and has given so much of himself and his heart to all of those around him, was very moving. I loved how they all were able to give back to Ernie in so many ways while he was recovering - brought tears to my eyes a few times!

Service Station Angel is one of those books that is a feel good book, and one that you could read to any age- young or old will love it!

Gayle Pace

Ms. Schuster wrote a lovely story about "Ernie" who was an amazing man. The author shows how a normal person can touch the hearts of people he served in his town. Ms. Schuster put such realism in the story by using some real people and places. The characters make you feel like you're friends, neighbors or family. The characters in the book are so inspiring and they pull at your heart strings. The author was putting forth a message for all the readers to see and put into practice. Be more like Ernie. Ernie faces a lot of tragedy, learns to overcome it and then faces another. The author wrote this character to show us the love and forgiveness that comes from our Heavenly Father. She describes heaven so beautifully and when Ernie sees Heaven, it touches you to the very core. You won't find this book boring. You will read it rather quickly because you won't want to put it aside.The author shows you that it doesn't take much to be a good, forgiving, loving person. Remember, the Lord is always there to help you through the bad times and forgive and love you. The author said it all when she quoted

Ephesians 4:2.
"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love."

If you love religious fiction or are just looking for a book to warm your heart, then I would recommend this book to you. It may make you think real hard.

I would give this book 5 CROSSES.

I was given a complimentary copy of SERVICE STATION ANGEL from the author Lisa J. Schuster and Outskirts Press for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.