The Enlightenment of Bees

The Enlightenment of Bees

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"Rachel Linden's newest contemporary women's fiction story speaks to the universal struggle of what it means to live a meaningful life where the passions we have meet the needs of the world. At twenty-six, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at The Butter Emporium, and her first love--her boyfriend, Ethan--by her side. But when Ethan declares he "needs some space," Mia's carefully planned future crumbles. Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime. From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia's heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways--ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her. In a romantic adventure across the globe, The Enlightenment of Bees beautifully explores what it means to find the sweet spot in life where our greatest passions meet the world's greatest need."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
ISBN: 9780785221401
Call Number: FIC LIN
Characteristics: 328 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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Jul 21, 2020

This was a beautiful book. It was very well written and I loved the story.

Aug 06, 2019

The story was reminiscent of a Harlequin romance with a female heroin who tries to do good in a refugee camp while escaping a failed romantic relationship. She quickly becomes involved with a new guy in a chaotic environment. The ending seems a bit too predictable. A light summer read.

Jul 01, 2019

A wonderful summer read that touches on some universal truths. It is hard to know how to use our gifts and make a difference in the world. Aristotle once said, " Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation." As Mia pursues her dream of making a changing the world, she discovers much about herself and looks firsthand on the pain and suffering in India slums and a Hungarian refugee camp. The work Mia does on her humanitarian trip causes us all of us to reflect on how we are pursuing charity and whether we are contributing in a meaningful way. The bee motif and guidance Mia receives are most surely a reminder of God's faithfulness. This book really encouraged me!


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Apr 25, 2020

“The only thing constant about life is change.”

Apr 25, 2020

“Your place in the world lies between your greatest passion and the world’s greatest pain.”


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Apr 25, 2020

A young woman bright eyed and bushy tailed wants to travel the world and help other likes Mother Teresa only to find out the harsh realities, trials and tribulations of humanitarian work. She choose to rid herself of outside expectations and commitment in order to discover it’s okay to be passionate about something regular but to use it to better the world in her own way.


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