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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dan Millman's latest book DIVINE INTERVENTIONS is perhaps the most immediately readable book he has ever done and is very well written. I read most of it in one sitting. It is the kind of book that holds your interest from the beginning and inspires you to just keep reading until you are finished. On the other hand, since it consists of many short chapters expertly woven together, it is also an ideal book for those busy readers who prefer to read a book in segments at those moments when their time permits.
When writing a dissertation that develops and supports its thesis by means of short biographical essays, It is difficult to do justice to each biographical segment you have researched and yet keep all these well researched biographical elements readable and succinct. The biographical essays must harmonize together so as to as to be on point and work together as a whole to achieve the larger purposes of the book. In this, Dan has succeeded beautifully. This book is the most immediately readable book Dan has ever written and the prose seems to me almost seamlessly perfect for its purpose. (I will hazard a guess that the first draft was longer than the final draft and that the editing was not always easy.) Dan and Doug Childers have done some really good writing here. Since the writing is so immediately readable and the potential appeal is so wide, I predict that this book will be very widely popular and that many readers will be inspired and helped by it. The people in this book and their true stories are so interesting you just don't want to put the book down. Those readers who may have found some of Dan's other books enlightening and empowering (but also perhaps requiring some focused attention on the reader's part) will love this book because it is in many respects an easier read. I say this because it teaches by a series of true short biographical narratives (each of which is highly interesting reading in its own right) rather than through the more demanding (for some readers) writing styles of straightforward philosophical exposition or philosophical exposition through imaginative parable.
My personal favorite was the segment on Bucky Fuller. I had always admired what I knew of his work but did not know anything of his personal struggle until I had read this book. I also liked the stories of the preserved bodies of the saints and the documentation about Paramahansa Yogananda. But every story in this compelling book is fascinating and well worth reading both for its own sake and for the contribution it makes to the thesis of the book as a whole which seeks to demonstrate, through carefully researched biographical evidence, the likelihood that we can all draw from resources beyond that which are generally considered to be natural and normal--especially in times of great personal need. I strongly recommend this book to everyone and especially to those who have enjoyed other books by Dan Millman or Doug Childers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Open to any page; after reading a paragraph you're hooked on the fantastic experience another has had in the out-of-the-ordinary.
Dan Millman and Doug Childers have included 50 stories in 50 short chapters about real experiences that inspire the reader to realize there is more to understand than science currently knows.
These life-changing events happened to people of all ages, including those as young as 8 year old Lucia dos Santos, one of the 3 children of Fatima, Portugal, in 1915.
This 5-star book reinforced my value on virtues, while giving me a boost of energy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This collection of people and their life transforming experiences is simply excellent! Each chapter, which summarizes the experience of a different individual, is just the right length (not too long, not too short, and very well written).
My favorites here are the very interesting stories of Byron Katie, Valerie Vener, and Peace Pilgrim.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While I have not read Doug Childers previous work, I am very familiar with Dan Millman's books. I was surprised to hear that Divine Interventions was coming out, as Dan's approach to spirituality is more down-to-earth and that it "starts on the ground." In his previous writings he has likened spiritual practice to a springboard, a ladder, and a staircase. Through such metaphors he has made it clear that spiritual life is pretty tough work, that there are no shortcuts, and that you need an adequate map, vehicle and fuel to make the journey.
Divine Interventions is a refreshingly different book that looks more at the mystery many call God. It is similar to Richard Heckler's "Crossings", only there are 50 stories in this book and they are not limited to the United States, reminding us that Spirit pervades life in all cultures across the globe.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Of course I was honored that Dan and Doug asked me if they could tell about my near-death awakening in Copper Canyon (which is told in detail in my book, PRIMAL AWARENESS). But the honor relates, not to having my story included, but in being a part of Dan Millman's wonderful sharing of the joy that surrounds us all. Dan walks his talk and the stories he has selected reflect his deep passion for all that is magical.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I first very much liked this book and wanted it to never end. But then I came upon a few stories of people which grated with me because they depicted the person as much too positive. For example, C. G. Jung is described as nothing as a genius and saint. Unfortunately, his real life was far from saintly. For example, he was very nasty to his wife and tortured her by inviting his mistress for years to every family Sunday lunch.
Another story that is much too positive is that of Joseph Smith, the founder of the mormon church. Joseph is described in the most positive way but the fact that he brought untold amount of suffering to thousands of women through introducing polygamy has been left out. Why, I wonder.
It also grated with me that there are a few stories included of soldiers who suffered in prison camps. Their traumas are described in great detail which made them appear as victims. However, the kind of atrocities these soldiers had committed to others were completely left out.
The biggest shocker came when I discovered that the story of Joan d'Arc (the French peasant girl who let the French into battle against the English)was included. Where was the moral judgement of the authors to include a story about 'divinely inspired' VIOLENCE??? They might as well have included Adolf Hitler because he (like so many other dictators) has claimed, as well, to be guided by 'Divine providence'.

All in all, a wonderful book that is marred by lack of honesty and failing moral judgement in places.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I've read since Heading Toward Omega By Ring. There are stories from many traditions, representing 6 continents. I never really knew the details behind many of these stories. Some of the manifestations discussed are surprising in their form or nature, yet the text makes them quite believable. This book will affirm anyone's faith or bring faith to anyone lost and seeking. There is enough diversity here that anyone should be able to find something. Susan Blackmore and Paul Edwards should read this book. I most enjoyed reading about Joan of Arc. I never knew any of that about her.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've never considered myself a religious person but a spirtual person. Dan Millman has written that I'm not alone in this search. And like many people we are shown this in our darkest hours and daily tribulations. I found great comfort in this reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
DIVINE INTERVENTIONS lifts the spirits as it soothes the soul... it is the perfect antidote to all manner of news media, which more often than not emphasizes things that seem to be going wrong, usually without much of an explanation as to why things happen or what makes them happen in the first place.

This refreshingly inspirational set of fifty stories, each less than seven pages long, that describe amazing events in the lives of people from all continents, spiritual traditions, and walks of life. What these stories have in common is that each of them illustrates something so extraordinary that it changed someone's life... sometimes in ways that would likely not have been predicted.

I love the way stories are told from all walks of life and all parts of the world... with a sense that there are indeed more things in heaven and Earth than most of us have dreamed. All kinds of amazing miraculous events have been occurring for thousands of years, and it's just delightful to read about some of them in one fascinating volume.

I give this book my highest recommendation to everyone interested in spirituality, miracles, and the divine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Every story seems better than the last. Just an amazing collection of brief biographies, that make you want to read more about each individual. I'm half-way through the book. I may write to the author of my own stories: My wife had a tumor the size of your thumb disappear from her neck after a prayer circle with a gifted healer. Verified with x-ray and ultrasound that is totally gone. Years before, she woke the moment a distant friend of mine, whom she had never met, passed away 350 miles away. In her dream, he shook her hand and died. I confirmed his passing the next morning. It was at the moment she had woken up.

One of Dan Millman's stories is of a skeptical doctor who went to Lourdes, and witnessed a women on the verge of death from advanced tuberculosis be cured in 30 minutes after having water from the Grotto poured over her. The doctor first describes her near death state, and then the implausible minute by minute improvements in her appearance and condition.
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