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Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves--especially children and her husband, Joe--but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.
One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is presumed dead by t...more
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Published June 30th 2009 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2009)
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mom2wah
What a great uplifting book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and its message. One I would read a gain to b e uplifted. Easy read with a great message. I will look for more books from this author :O)

Sarah is married with 2 young children. She is a workaholic who will do almost anything to please her boss. She craves fulfillment in her life and get s it from her work. After a near tragedy, Sarah has to look within and reflects on her life and that of her mother and grandmother. She realizes why her...more
Crystal
I was very excited about this book, I read Deborah Bedford a few months back and enjoyed the real feeling and characterization she puts into her fiction. I have also heard wonderful things about Joyce Meyer but have never read her.

I was not let down at all. This book takes a real look at a woman who wants it all, perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house and perfect job. But as most of us women know it's very hard to have it all. To Sarah, work is what is most important at the moment. The...more
Terra
Any Minute by Joyce Meyer, Deborah Bedford is a inspirational story of one woman's drive to succeed no matter what the costs. A story of insecurity and child hood emotional abuse that will send Sarah into turmoil and making her see that faith is all it takes to overcome what has been done.

Sarah Harper is motivated, ruthless and in all reality self destructive. Mother of two beautiful children and wife of a husband that most of us would treasure she has been blinded to the gifts she has by the dr...more
Kylee
I started to read this book for the second time, and I couldn't figure out how I had ever even read it once. I couldn't finish it again. 50+ pages in, nothing had even happened. The amount of adjectives were overwhelming, and made the book sound like it was written by a kid who had just discovered what adjectives were. All of the characters were pretty annoying and totally unlikable. The plot of the story (woman who lives her life in a whirlwind and neglects her family over work has a near death...more
Elizabeth
After: Okay, so this wasn't the most unpredictable book that I've ever read. Really pretty standard for Christian fiction although that in itself is not always a bad thing. Quick read. I did find myself wanting to get back to it when I wasn't reading. That's always a good sign.

Before: Haven't started this but I do have it and I will start it... I'm checking it out because it's Joyce Meyer fiction and I'm curious. Not usually a Meyer fan but I thought I'd give her fiction a whirl. Back of the boo...more
Amy Flink
This is one of the best novels I have ever read in my life. It is beautiful. Basically it is about a workaholic mother/housewife who falls into the trap of looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. She accidentally drives her car off a bridge into the river in Chicago and has a near-death experience, which is a huge wake-up call. It brings you to tears, it is so beautiful.
Paula Vaughn
Jan 09, 2010 Paula Vaughn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
What a wonderful book about forgiveness and priorities, it also reminds you of God's awesomeness in our lives if we just let Him take control. Keep a tissue handy, I checked this book out from the library but I will definitely be buying it soon.
Rachel Wright
Jul 10, 2014 Rachel Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who needs a wakeup call
A phenomenal book to say the least!! I could not put the book down at all!! It's about a family learning that being a part of the rat race is not in God's plan for our lives. It's also about how our lives can change on a dime and we need to realize what is truly important, it's not making money, worldly possessions either. I cried my eyes out in parts of this book, other parts I became angry. In the final chapters I was rejoicing God's great name as He helped a family to become whole and helped...more
Kelly
felt like my life. this was a great book. Lots of take aways. is a girl book. COnfused my husband - LOL
Debbie
I loved this book even if it was a little cliche and I could not stop reading. It killed me to have to stop when I got to work with only about 40 pages left to read. Watching Sarah's character was like watching a whirlwind of efficiency blowing through life as she tried to be the perfect wife, mother, employee and yet never really satisfying anyone fully, including herself. After she drives her car off a bridge and plunges into the river she experiences something akin to The Christmas Carol in w...more
Susan
Aug 25, 2009 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
There were a lot of cheesy adjectives in the first chapter of this book, so I almost quit reading it. But because I wanted to see what would happen to a woman whose car plunged over a bridge and into a river I plugged along and was soon rewarded; the cheesy adjectives waned, and I began to see why the author might have chosen them. I think she was trying to show how shallow the main character's life was prior to her near-death experience.
The book's message is an important one, and can be simply...more
Jodie
Sarah is determined to provide for her family, no matter the cost. She is constantly making promises to her family only to let them down at the last minute when something "comes up" at work. She is stressed out, overworked, exhausted, and not sure where God is in her life. She doesn't take the time to get to know her children's nanny, but is constantly spying on her with a nanny monitoring service. When her boss calls her and tells her that once again he schedule an appointment that she must be...more
Val Pearson
I can't say enough good things about this particular audiobook. It was fantastic! The topics that were touched upon, I could really relate to. Sarah is so busy with her life that she sees that she is neglecting her family but doesn't know how to go about solving her problem. She can do things for everyone around her but when it comes to her family, the people she is closest to, it is so much more difficult to make things right. Throughout the book, Sarah forms a closer bond with God and learns t...more
Carla Stewart
Any Minute is about Sarah, a high-octane stock broker, who will settle for nothing less than perfection in her professional life and as a wife and mother. This is a story about choices. Hard choices about what is important in life. At her core, Sarah knows she’s letting her children down and that her marriage is suffering, but at the same time, pressure is building at the office, and in an attempt to juggle it all, her world falls apart.

Or does it? Sometimes God intervenes in our feeble attempts...more
Janna
Joyce Meyer may be known for her non-fiction books filled with inspiration and spiritual insight, but she might just have something to offer the fictional world as well. Together with Deborah Bedford they have presented us with the book "Any Minute". What happens when a wife and mother obsessed with her career has a brush with death (maybe more than a brush, more like a punch)? Can she get her priorities straight? Can she salvage her relationship with her children? Her husband? Is it too late or...more
Lisa
This was a good story in a "Christmas Carol" sort of way. The first 100 pages or so didn't grip me, but there was a point to be driven home about a driven woman. The second half of the book brought a 3-star rating up to 4.

Good quote from page 4: "Sarah liked to keep her to-do list as finely tuned as the engine in the Lincoln she drove. This, she had decided, was the way to happiness. Sarah had similar expectations of other people. As a matter of fact, she strongly believed that to live any othe...more
Ali Fjeldos
This was my first experience with a Joyce Meyer book of any kind. I had this book for two years and kept telling myself I wasn't ready to start reading Christian fiction so I have put off reading it until recently. I am so glad that I finally felt inspired to crack it open. Once I started reading the first page I instantly felt hooked. Personally I connected to the story on a different level than most because I have had a 'brink of death' experience. The novel helped me recapture much the same e...more
Shelly Ann Haselden
Very good story line of a woman having to much going on
in her life! Her priorities are not in line, and she
needs something to stop her from going over before its
to late!
Adrienna
Listening to the audio book: where it takes place in the windy city, Chicago, and Chicago Cubs. Joyce Meyer is not only a nonfiction writer, now writing fiction.

So far, this book is too descriptive and not getting to the meat of the story! It was extremely slow for me. Some parts were rushed, and wondered how Sarah survived (unless I missed it on audio) and her son Mitchell falls from the Scoreboard at a Chicago Cubs game, did not hear if he lived with any injuries. If this is the case, these pa...more
Sfdreams
I picked this book up at the library because of the near-death experience of the main character. I found it a little too Christian fundamentalist for me at times, but I was able to ignore that for the most part. The main character, Sarah, is too harsh, too driven to be too likable for me. However, it was written well enough to keep me reading it all the way through. I actually felt more connected to the husband. I liked the lessons about putting family first, and giving to others (random acts of...more
Alisa Lambertsen
This book was so good. It was hard for me to start reading because I felt like it started slower, but toward the middle I could not put the book down. The story is about a business women who thinks she is working so hard to support her family even though it is causing strain at home. One rainy day she tries to cross a bridge before it closes for a boat but does not make it and ends up in the river below. The book continues to tell of her out of body experience seeing her family currently and in...more
Mammagoose11
Preachy and much too much religion in this one. Just too painful to slog through...
Candace
This book took a little while for me to get into but I enjoyed it. I really like Joyce Meyer and had never read a novel of hers before. I like how they took the time to develop Sarah's character and behavior before the accident. The relationship and tension between her and her husband felt plausible and the relationship with her son heartbreaking. I'm glad she wasn't a total villian; she cared about her family, but couldn't express it in the right way. I really enjoyed the journey she went on af...more
Sara Statema-johnson
just a little too predictable for my tastes.
David
I have read "The Penny" and just completed "Any Minute". This book is about work, relationships, balance and how to put those things first in life that matter. It talks about how our past effects our relationskps and how to heal them within your relationships. I love her writing because she writes real life stories and how to apply God's word to them. I gained a lot of wisdom from this book. I truely recommend it. It is NOT a religious book. It is a book about walking your life out with the help...more
Leslie
This book was just okay to me. I have a hard time NOT finishing a book or a movie once started. I think I am hopeful that it will get better and if I quit prematurely that I might just miss it.

Anyway - this book is the classic "life flashing before your eyes" story where you see the past, present and future. I didn't like the detour that went on forever in the middle of the most dramatic part of the story.

Joy
Although not at all an original story line (even Sarah, the main character, says she feels like she's in "A Christmas Carol"), the book kept my interest nontheless, probably because it is centered in today's society.
In the end, it's a little too heavy on religion for me, but I think that it does give us something to think about, and as I said, it's just the end that's like that.
A book that I would recommend.
Dorothy
"The Heavenly Father wants you to know that things aren't always what they seem. He wants you to know the truth because the truth will make you free." (Ch 17)

Glad to find this book available at the Arnprior Public Library.

Dickens did better in The Christmas Carol.

But still a good quick summer read.

Really spoke to me about RELYING on God for outcome and seeing I still need to grow in trusting him.
Jac
This book wraps God's words for us (regarding marriage, family, money, love, and other topics) around a story about a career-minded woman and her husband and children and the challenges of remining Godly among the countless worldly temptations. I only gave this three stars b/c the actual story about the woman is not that great, but the underlying message really deserves five stars.
Karendenice
Some people have likened this book to "A Christmas Carol" and I totally see that. It's just a modern day version that I feel like a lot of women can relate to. Absolutely inspiring. And definitly worth re-reading.
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