Gifts From Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer

Gifts From Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer

by James Stuart Bell (Compiler)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217869
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,248,435
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James Stuart Bell is a Christian publishing veteran and the owner of Whitestone Communications, a literary development agency. He is the editor of many story collections, including Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters; Heaven Touching Earth; and Encountering Jesus, as well as the coauthor of numerous books in the Complete Idiot's Guide series. He has cover credit on more than one hundred books. He and his wife live in a western suburb of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 13

God's Intrusion Brenda Dillon 15

Face-to-Face With Jesus Delores E. Topliff 19

The Voice of My Maker Cassie Harris 24

He Opened My Eyes Jeff Adams 28

The Mysterious Comforter Joshua F. Younce 35

The Healer She Could Only Imagine Charles Earl Harrel 41

The Angel Holdup Susan Allen Panzica 46

An Angel Named Grace Bill Shane, As Told To Donna Lee (Shane) Loomis 50

My Only True Security Anna M. Gregory 56

Three Days to Live Virginia Rose Fairbrother 62

Against All Odds Marybeth Mitcham 68

A Return to Sanity Evelyn Rhodes Smith 73

Loving My Soldier Ellen Farrington 79

The Two-Percent Life Experience Jan Apilado 86

He Gives His Angels Charge Over Us Delores E. Topliff 91

My Emmanuel Moment Holly Blevins 96

An Unexpected Gift David Michael Smith 100

My Dream Husband Laura L. Bradford 104

A Heavenly Code Blue Jeff Adams 108

The Prayer Stone Ray Stenner, As Told To Janice Richardson 113

Breaking Selfish Pride Faith Turnet 120

The Final Authority Elfriede Volk 125

Home Is Where the Heart Is James Stuart Bell 132

No More Headaches Marty Prudhomme 137

Father Knows Best Dorothy J. Haire 142

Shortest, Biggest Prayer Charles J. Huff 147

A Race to the Bottom Susan M. Watkins 151

Before the Snow Flies Larose Karr 157

Dad, Let's Pray! Bobbie Roper 162

An Earthquake Full of Blessings AnnaLee Conti 167

The Message From Heaven Betty Johnson Dalrymple 174

The Nativity Baby David Michael Smith 178

The Miraculous Ride Jenn Davenport 183

Nowhere to Call Home Bobbie Roper 189

Leaving the God of Money Marleen McDowell 195

Paper Angels Beth Duewel 199

A Bright New World Joyce Starr Macias 205

Miracle Boy Melinda Wright, As Told To Anita Estes 212

A Sparkling Miracle Gail R. Helgeson 218

A Precise Prayer for Healing Susan L. Tuttle 225

About the Contributors 231

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Gifts From Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
Gifts from Heaven is a compilation of stories of ‘’God things”, better known as miracles. While I always try to go into these types of stories with an open mind (some claims are so preposterous and you just really have to be alert), I always enjoy reading stories about when God worked in people’s lives. I’ve also reviewed another compilation of stories by the same person, Jesus Talked to Me Today, which was about kids’ encounters with God. This one, Gifts From Heaven, contained more healing type stories, whether it be physical chronic or terminal disease, emotional stress or disability, or social stresses. While there were a couple stories where I was a little skeptical about, overall, they all contributed to the telling of what God has done, which I really like. Occasionally during times of spiritual drought, it can be nice to hear of what God has done for others, although it may not be evident in your life at the present moment, which is what Gifts From Heaven is. As for the stories themselves, they were well written and conveyed the intentions and feelings well, generally speaking. Some of the pieces weren’t as clear as they could have been, but overall they were clear and portrayed the spirit well. Originally found on I received a free paper copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion; I was not required to leave a positive review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"The best and sweetest flowers of paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven." - Thomas Brooks Happy Easter! On this special day of celebration of the One who's risen from death, I want to share this book, Gifts from Heaven with you. This book includes true stories of miraculous answers to prayers, compiled by James Stuart Bell. These stories may not be relate to your specific journey, but it too speak of the love our Lord Jesus bestows on us. He listens! God listens! And He will answer our prayers, though it may not be what we expected, but He will answer. Inspiring, encouraging and calming, these stories from ordinary people will speak to you, some more than others, but it will. I particularly like the fact that not all stories are easy breezy. There were struggles, not the struggles of what the author was praying about, but struggles to have the faith to believe that your prayers will be answered. Isn't that common for us, even those that have committed for years? Faith can seem easy, but sometimes it may be the hardest thing to acknowledge and truly trust. As Thomas Brooks said, prayers is the gate to heaven. Pray, seek and let Him into your life to carry your burdens with you. In all Gifts from Heaven spoke of the gifts of answered prayers in our lives. Our Lord Jesus is a gift to us. Will you accept Him? Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
Gifts From Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer, a book of short essays detailing a moment in each of the individual author’s life where God answered a prayer, was complied by James Stuart Bell (who also wrote one of the essays). I will admit that I do not often read books about miraculous answers to prayer. Not because I don’t believe in the power of prayer (I do), but because the stories tend to be heart wrenching, dramatic, and often, cross into simply unbelievable. Thankfully, Gifts from Heaven isn’t one of those books. These stories are heart wrenching and dramatic, and I admit I shed a few tears while reading. There are stories about people being healed from terminal disease, people being uninjured after accidents that should have been fatal, and a few in which prayers were answered not in the way the author had hoped. One of my favorites is “He Opened My Eyes” by Jeff Adams. This particular story stuck with me and I marked it to read again later. I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t reveal what it was about. But all of the stories are well-executed and gave me much to ponder on about how prayer works in my own life. I give this book 4/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who struggles with believing that prayers are always answered. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions are my own.**
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book of stories of everyday people and what God did in their lives. People say miracles don't happen today! Well I totally disagree with that thinking. If each of us just took time set back and thought on things that has happened in our lives we would see where God was working in our lives. I know trials are no fun in life but we go through those that we may grow closer to the Lord. All trials may not end well but in them we still can learn where we need to put our lives in God's hands. Not every story has a happy ending but through the loss we might gain. Through this book you will see answers to many situations in peoples lives. Very emotional book especially when the stories hits part of your life. Great book and I believe it will revive you! God is so good and he is the mighty healer. Great stories compiled by James Stuart Bell.
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
Looking for a powerful uplifting book about miracles God has been preforming in the lives of others? Told by the witnesses themselves, we read about all kinds of miracles, including people who's cancer has vanished, people who were in accidents and walked away, angles comforting, and even an account of a person accepting Jesus on his death bed. A fabulous little read!
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it doesn't feel like God is hearing our prayers. Or maybe it feels like we don't know how to pray "good enough." This collection of real-life stories shows that God does indeed answer the prayers of ordinary people asked in ordinary ways. Gifts From Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer compiled by James Stuart Bell is an uplifting book overflowing with true life stories of answered prayer. Gifts From Heaven contains forty stories of answered prayers from ordinary people. The stories are each different. Some people had miraculous healing, others were divinely protected and still others received answers that were a little different than what they expected but were still what they considered to be miraculous answers from God. Some stories were more uplifting than other stories but all of the stories left me thinking about God and how He can touch all of our lives when we spend time in prayer with Him. I like books with short true stories in them to uplift me like Gifts From Heaven. I like that I can read just one or two or a few in a day and put the book down and pick it up when I need it again. I also think this book could be uplifting for someone going through a difficult challenge of some sort who needs a reminder that God does indeed hear our prayers so it could be a nice gift book for someone. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Gifts from Heaven delivers just what it describes it will - stories of answered prayers. It is a kaleidoscope a cacophony of wonderful stories of near death experiences, people seeing JESUS, people who had a death sentence on their life from doctors and JESUS had other plans, etc. For example a man had a bad heart valve and was told to check on it yearly or he would die - well he let it go for 7 years - he went back to see how bad it was - the techs who took the tests called other techs in and then doctors - then the tests where over and he had to see his doctor - the doctor was upset - which made him worried - he said he had never seen anything like it before - and that there was no explanation - but his valve grew another valve and that that was impossible you are either born with it or not - well we all know what happened - GOD gave it to him - as an answer to all his praying - this is the kind of stories you will find in this book - it is intense, it is emotional - you will find yourself praising the LORD, crying, and knowing that your life is in GOD's hands for ALL THINGS and HE is faithful and just - why some of you ask - because HE loves us with ALL of HIS Heavenly Heart......I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.