The Seventeen Second Miracle

The Seventeen Second Miracle

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by Jason F. Wright
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters and The Cross Gardener, a story of small kindnesses-and life-changing miracles.

Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when, as a lifeguard, he diverted his gaze for seventeen seconds and

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters and The Cross Gardener, a story of small kindnesses-and life-changing miracles.

Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when, as a lifeguard, he diverted his gaze for seventeen seconds and tragedy occurred. Forty years later the waves of that day still ripple through the lives of countless people, including his son, Cole.

Cole Connor has become a patient teacher, and now he has invited three struggling teenagers to visit him on his front porch to learn about Rex Connor-and the Seventeen Second Miracle. Together they will learn how Rex Connor could have allowed seventeen seconds to destroy him, but instead he chose to live every day believing the smallest of acts could change the world for good. And the students, each with their own secrets and private pains, will begin to understand that even tragedy brings lessons. Even pain brings comfort. Even death brings miracles. A seventeen second miracle can change a life-if you let it.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights….fresh and spiritual."
– Don Piper, New York Times bestselling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real

"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking…[A] beautifully written book."
– Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Celebrates the incredible joys of the human experience."
– Kevin Milne, author of The Nine Lessons

"Fans of author Jason F. Wright's previous inspirational novels…will delight in this uplifting tale."
Birmingham Magazine

"Jason Wright's storytelling captures the reader's heart and draws them along on the journey to find forgiveness, acceptance and peace through this loving tale."
Wichita Falls Times Record News

"The Cross Gardener is a quiet book with a quiet message of hope…Wright is to be commended for his passion and commitment to his subject."
Deseret News

"Plenty of uplift and tradition-affirming sentiment."
Publishers Weekly

Kevin Miline
"The Seventeen Second Miracle offers everything I want in a book: believable characters, laughter and tears, a heartfelt narrative, and a timeless message....On a scale of one to ten, I give it a seventeen."--(Kevin Milne, author of Sweet Misfortune )
Jessica Harrison
"An unassuming little book with a whole lot of heart....Wright's prose is like a handmade quilt, intricate in design but featuring a homespun simplicity."--(Jessica Harrison, Book Critic, Deseret News )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425237946
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
479,974
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights….fresh and spiritual."
– Don Piper, New York Times bestselling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real

"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking…[A] beautifully written book."
– Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Celebrates the incredible joys of the human experience."
– Kevin Milne, author of The Nine Lessons

"Fans of author Jason F. Wright's previous inspirational novels…will delight in this uplifting tale."
Birmingham Magazine

"Jason Wright's storytelling captures the reader's heart and draws them along on the journey to find forgiveness, acceptance and peace through this loving tale."
Wichita Falls Times Record News

"The Cross Gardener is a quiet book with a quiet message of hope…Wright is to be commended for his passion and commitment to his subject."
Deseret News

"Plenty of uplift and tradition-affirming sentiment."
Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Jason F. Wright is the national bestselling author of Christmas Jars. He’s also a consultant whose editorial articles on politics, pop culture, and public policy have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide. He serves as founder and managing editor of the widely read political destination, PoliticalDerby.com.

Jason fell in love with Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley while researching the area for The Wednesday Letters, and with the enthusiastic blessing of his wife, Kodi, he recently relocated with her and their four children to the historic town of Woodstock. A sign on their door says, “Friends welcome. Family by appointment only.”

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The Seventeen Second Miracle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
lapais More than 1 year ago
Another thought provoking novel from Jason F. Wright. Everyone should read this book not only for the story itself but for the self examination that goes on while reading it. Much like his Christmas Jars novel, this book will open the reader's eyes to simple ways to better the lives of the people arround them. By the end, you too will be looking for ways to perform seventeen second miracles throughout your day. You will believe in the Seventeen Second Miracle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jason Wright has a way of creating characyers who steal your heart his stories have a potential to change the worlds thinking from human selfishness this was a bit of a slow read however an excellent novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a very long time and I read every day. Jason Wright has become my favorite author. He is brillant. This story had my both laughing and crying. I could not put it down. I was so involved in it I tried to read while I cooked and talked on the phone. I think everyone should read this book and get the meaning out of the story about how we all can be better to people. It's not that hard and it only takes 17 seconds or less. Theres alot more to the story than that but I don't want to give it away. It rally changed my life for the better and I too have started a journal like in the book for my husband but he doesn't know it. When you read it you'll understand what I'm talking about. It's a great read!
BookAddictDS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Second one I've read by this author and enjoyed both (first was 'The cross gardener'). It was a nice story, kept me interested the entire time. I am planning to purchase and additional books by Jason R Wright.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be everyone's library.
MommaP11 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It would definitely make this world a much better place if everyone tried to create 17 second miracles, and we appreciated the 17 second miracles that we experience ourselves. This book has given me a daily challenge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this you will want to find ways to perform seventeen second miracles. Very touching.
Cathy Mammolenti More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story ! It would be a better world if we all did 17 second miracles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A MUST read for sure!  If I were still teaching high school, I would definitely work this into my curriculum! I'm giving it as a graduation gift, birthday gift, teacher gift, etc.  I defintely recommend it to everyone!
Steven-Wilks More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and it is definitely worth your time to read. Jason F. Wright does a great job in explaining and setting the stage for what the book will be based on. He keeps you, as the reader, continuously engaged and interested. I read the book in four days because it was so intriguing and I wanted to know what happened next. The basic motto of the book is, “seventeen seconds can change a life.” This was the amount of time it took for a little girl, nicknamed Flick, to drown. The book is then based on the life of the main character’s father, Rex, who was initially blamed for letting the little girl drown. The seventeen second miracles are the acts of kindness Rex performed to overcome the feelings of guilt and sadness for Flick’s death. Rex kept a journal of these experiences, and they are passed on as Rex’s son, Cole, uses these stories to help change the lives of high school students. As I kept reading and learning more about the seventeen second miracles, I found myself looking for opportunities to perform seventeen second miracles to help someone else. Not only was I able to look for opportunities to serve others, but I also was able to notice the seventeen second miracles others performed for me. This book renews the hope that there are good people in the world. There are people who genuinely care about others and are willing to stop and serve when they are needed. Once again, I strongly recommend this to anyone. It is an easy and enjoyable read, and it will truly have an impact on your life if you will let it.
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Another amazing find. Plenty of twists and heartwarming turns to keep you glued to the pages. I am so glad i found this author. This story makes you want to help others or at the very least be aware of how others treat each other. It really doesn't take much time at all to be kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the same amount of time it can take for a tragedy to occur, the same amount of time can also foster a miracle. One can either shut down after a horrific event or use it as a springboard to dive into life bringing blessings, And inspire others to do the same. Its all about CHOICE of how you respond!
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