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Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life [NOOK Book]

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An inspiring and eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of miracles from the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer.

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain?

In Miracles, Eric Metaxas offers compelling -- sometimes electrifying -- evidence ...
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Overview

An inspiring and eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of miracles from the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer.

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain?

In Miracles, Eric Metaxas offers compelling -- sometimes electrifying -- evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before. Miracles is also a timely, thoughtful, and civil answer to the books of the "New Atheists" -- Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris -- who have passionately asserted not just the impossibility of miracles and the supernatural, but the outright harmfulness of belief in them.

Metaxas -- whom ABC News has called a "witty ambassador for faith" -- provides the measured and wide-ranging treatment the subject deserves, from serious discussion of the compatibility between faith and science to astonishing but well-documented stories of actual miracles from people he knows.

A more current, anecdotal, and personal version of C. S. Lewis’s 1947 book on the subject, Miracles is a powerfully winsome challenge that miracles are not only possible but are far more widespread than most of us ever might have imagined.
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  • Miracles by Eric Metaxas
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"Miracles," C.S. Lewis once wrote, "are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see." This new book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer biographer Eric Metaxas brings reassuring new relevance to those unexpected revelations. With numerous examples and wise reflections, he shows that miracles not only happen, but can teach abiding truths about the meaning of our lives. Editor's recommendation.

Library Journal
10/15/2014
Metaxas (host, "100 Huntley Street;" Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy) is best known for his biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce. Here the author focuses on miracles and their contemporary significance. His account falls into the category of apologetic writings, with its defense of miracles leading to an argument for the reality and activity of God. The first part of the book addresses such topics as a definition of miracles, the possibility of belief in them, miracles in light of science, biblical examples of miracles, and the Resurrection as a central miracle. The second part, comprising most of the work's content, is devoted to actual instances of the supernatural. Metaxas only includes accounts he has heard from personal acquaintances. Various kinds of miracles are discussed, such as those related to conversion, inner healing, and angels. People of faith will likely be inspired by this book; it is uncertain whether others will be significantly influenced. VERDICT An alluring read but narrowly targeted toward those interested in the history of Christian apologetics and miracles.—John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-09
Biographer and cultural commentator Metaxas (Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, 2013, etc.) addresses the concept of the miraculous in a work both intellectual and personal in approach.Early on, the author notes that miracles "point to something beyond themselves," (namely, God) and that "a miracle is something that really only happens in context." Furthermore, "When God pokes into our world through the miraculous, he is communicating with us." With these parameters in mind, Metaxas sets about the task of strengthening believers' understanding of miracles and, if not convincing nonbelievers, at least causing such readers to seriously consider his points. He begins with an exploration of life itself, concluding that humanity's very existence is miraculous and beyond statistical probability. Metaxas gives science its due, respecting its methods and accepting such assumptions as the Big Bang. However, he notes that the existence of life on Earth is dependent upon a complex set of variables which, seen objectively, cannot be scientifically and mathematically explained away. Metaxas goes on to discuss miracles from a Christian, biblical perspective, concluding the first half of his work with the fundamental Christian miracle, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What Metaxas does next is intriguing. He presents a number of miracle stories, but instead of drawing upon historical or famous sources, he includes only stories from individuals he knows personally. The effect is to demonstrate that a wide range of miracles—or at least unexplainable happenings—can occur even among one person's own circle of acquaintances. These stories, ranging from healings to visions, make the concept of the miraculous more real and personal. Metaxas cannot be said to have written a definitive work, nor did he set out to do so. However, he has taken a difficult and often controversial topic and presented it with clarity. Both erudite and intimate, Metaxas invites even the scoffer to wonder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698161429
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 18,787
  • File size: 1,022 KB

Meet the Author


Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and the acclaimed Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, ("spectacular*... a crackling bonfire of truth and clarity.**"). His books have been translated into over 20 languages. After graduating Yale with an English degree, he published humor in the New York Times and the Atlantic and was a writer for Rabbit Ears Productions and VeggieTales. He has written over thirty children’s books, including the best-sellers, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving and It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, illustrated by Nancy Tillman. Metaxas speaks to tens of thousands around the United States and internationally each year. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast and at the 2013 Canadian National Prayer Breakfast, and he has testified before Congress on anti-Semitism in Europe. Metaxas is the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on "Life, God, and other small topics," featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Francis Collins, N.T. Wright, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Dick Cavett, and Sir John Polkinghorne, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer-at-large at The King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. You can visit his website at www.ericmetaxas.com.



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  • Posted November 2, 2014

    I recommend this book to all, to people who like to ask the big

    I recommend this book to all, to people who like to ask the big questions and study the answers, to people who believe but don’t know how to articulate those beliefs, to people who don’t believe but would like to understand why people like me do believe, and to people who are just plain curious. Mr. Met lists all his sources within the book, so you can dive deeper if you choose.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    I believe this is a great read for believer or non-believer alik

    I believe this is a great read for believer or non-believer alike. Plus, if you want to dig deeper, he cites his sources.

    If you are on my Christmas list, you might get one Otherwise, you are going to have to buy it for yourself. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!

    Ehh Gads!! I thought I was doing all the right things before I purchased this rather exspensive book-$15 bucks I believe-boy did I get ripped or what! I read the couple of reviews,editorial ones also and the sample which I should've seen the red flags on the latter.I ended up skipping around trying to find anything that would "WOW"me.I didn't think I'd read anything like the parting of the"RED SEA"but come on.The only miriacle about this book was it got published!! It gets one star and that's so I can post it. Granny B.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    If you¿re a skeptic, read this book with an open mind and you mi

    If you’re a skeptic, read this book with an open mind and you might just discover that miracles are real. If you’re already a believer, be ready to be inspired. I'd also recommend When God Stopped Keeping Score, an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. It too is on sale here on BN.  

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