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From Publishers Weekly

Skiff, an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for CNN, compiles an inspiring if uneven assortment of real-life accounts of meeting with the divine. Whether readers are actively religious or die-hard skeptics, the stories recounted will reaffirm God's existence and intervention in human affairs. Skiff draws upon such themes as listening to God's voice, answers to prayer, healing and confirmation of an afterlife. While less spiritually inclined readers may find some stories more attributable to coincidence than divine intervention, other tales are beyond rational explanation. In one account, a woman who had irreparable brain and organ damage was completely healed and discharged from the hospital after prayer. A man felt an urgent caution against taking an airline flight on which nine people were subsequently killed. In a similar tale of miraculous warnings about danger, a woman heard an audible voice tell her to stop right before she stepped in front of a seven-foot Australian snake's mouth. Mysterious and faith-inspiring, these stories are valuable even if some don't conform to readers' particular religious beliefs. (Nov. 11)
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“Whatever your personal beliefs, this book is a perfect way to explore and discuss your own relationship with the spiritual.”
Redbook

God Stories arrives at a perfect time. With each of us struggling to find our personal missions and how to manage the madness of everyday life, this book reminds us that clues, signs, and moments can be found everyday showing us that God is here. God Stories is a book filled with fabulous true stories. With the increasing hunger to find peace, spirituality, and personal mission, this book shows us we're not alone in that journey. God Stories arrives at a perfect time recounting those almost unbelievable moments when others were touched and moved in the right direction.”
—Carole Tomko, Executive Vice President, Discovery Networks

“Faith can’t necessarily be explained no matter what religion you are but there are examples where faith has moved mountains for people. This book helps people to understand, from whatever religious perspective they have, that there is someone watching over you.”
—Alan Bond, America’s Cup Winning Yachtsman

“Just when you thought life's journey was the solitary plodding of one day unconnected to the next; God Stories reveals the golden threads that link lives and loves and give us strength to weave a beautiful tapestry.”
—Carolyn O’Neil, Former Executive Producer & Senior Correspondent CNN Television

God Stories is proof positive that God - whatever else He or She may be- is one helluva storyteller. Transcendent reading.”
—Susan Maushart, author of The Mask of Motherhood, Wifework, and What Women Want Next

“Here's one thoughtful, readable and thoroughly engaging approach to understanding the phenomenon of faith and inspiration, the existence of which we cannot dispute, but the sources of which are a constant wonder.”
—Becky Madeira, Vice President, Pepsico

“I'm not a believer - so God Stories and spiritual experiences I usually take as proof of people's willingness to believe anything, no matter how nonsensical and silly. These tales bought to us by Jennifer Skiff are not silly. If you abstract the religious elements you are left with people at a point in their lives where they discover optimism and joy. There is not enough of either in the world and we need more people to affirm ‘Yes life is worth living’. These stories do just that.”
—Guy Brooke, The Earl of Warwick

God Stories are the stuff of life and living. Reading this book is a touching and soul penetrating experience.”
—Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator, #1 New York Times best selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul ® and co-author, Cracking the Millionaire Code and The One Minute Millionaire

“At the beginning of the twentieth century William James wrote an important book on the varieties of religious experience. Now, a century later, Jennifer Skiff has collected a variety of early twenty- first century accounts of religious experience, all helpfully organized in themes. These give us some direct insight into the ways in which different people interpret their human experiences, particularly unexpected and unusual experiences, and how they do this religiously. If a miracle is defined as any unusual or unexpected occurrence that brings a person to a heightened awareness in time of the presence of the eternal God and of the ultimate mystery of life, then the clear conclusion is that 'miracles do happen!' Those whose trade is in abstract theology will be inspired and impressed by the degree of religious conviction that can be triggered by concrete religiously interpreted experience.”
—Peter Carnley, Co-Chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission

“My eyes filled with tears and my heart lifted as I read God Stories. Jennifer Skiff has presented us with a wide range of heavenly touches, everything from quiet hugs to stunning out-of-body experiences, and readers of all faiths will be moved. As the praise song goes, "Our God is an awesome God!" Each page of this beautiful book attests to that.”
—Joan Wester Anderson, author of Where Angels Walk and Angels and Wonders

“A bouquet of inspiring stories...for the believer and nonbeliever alike.”
—Julia Cameron, bestselling author of The Artist’s Way


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307382699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307382696
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Skiff is an award-winning television producer, journalist and author. Her #1 Inspirational and #1 Spiritual bestseller, God Stories: Inspiring Encounters with the Divine is published in seven languages. Her runaway hit, The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend, has been on 10 Amazon bestseller lists in the USA and UK since its released in October 2012.

For more than a decade Jennifer traveled the world working as an investigative environmental correspondent for CNN. Her programs promoting animal welfare have aired on The Discovery Channel and networks globally. Among other honors, she's received the prized Environmental Media Award.

Passionate about animals and their welfare, Jennifer works with charities throughout the world to bring relief to abused and abandoned animals. Jennifer is a Trustee of the Dogs' Refuge Home in Australia and of the SPCAHC in the United States.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Philip E. IRELAND on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book as I just stated is "life changing", I was so taken by the stories that I finished it in 2 days. I had lunch with my Pastor yesterday, 1/8/09, and took the book with me for him to see. He read one story and asked me to lend it to him when I finished reading it, consider that done. I was not a church going person until March 4, 2007 due to another life changing experience which greatly is confirmed by these stories. I would advise anyone, but particularly those who have lost a loved one to read this book, it will bring you tears, then relief as you will realize that all will be OK. My wife passed on 3/30/07 and now as the result of this book I'm sure she is "over there" waiting for me. Thank you Jennifer Skiff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Baxter on November 12, 2008
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My conversations with Ms. Skiff ("Jen") revealed her warmth, a realist attitude and view, and her genuineness. Her stories - collected here - emit that same warmth ... and are most inspiring.
If I hadn't had a similar "God Story", I would be hard-pressed to believe some of them. But, I now know them to be "God Stories" ... for real. Why? Because - you may have guessed it - I'm one of those stories. Without question, my experience (at age 59) was my 1st ... and took me from being a skeptic about God to a "lifelong" believer. Jen Skiff has given me an enormous gift with this collection. I urge you - the reader - to explore God Stories. They may well change your life, and your view. Thanks. JBB
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Janice C. Stovka on June 30, 2009
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I want to thank Jennifer Skiff for being so kind while she was sorting out our experiences for her book, "God Stories: Inspiring Encounters With The Divine'. She listened, with patience and an open heart, as we relived amazing experiences and painful memories. I have to say that the decision to edit this book could not have come without it's hardships for Jennifer. Hearing stories, some filled with pain, grief, and loneliness had to have been very difficult for her.

Yet, amazingly, she has now been told by hundreds of people, that this book has changed their lives!...given them hope!...brightened their world! Thank you, Jennifer Skiff, for helping so many people. God has truly blessed you.

I believe it was Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, who said that we will never know the answers to certain questions until we ask God, face to face. Until then, we have to help one another. In my estimation and experience, this book definitely does that. Wow, does it do that!

I feel a bond with the other contributors who have each shared their own unique story in this inspiring book. Jennifer's own story, along with Jane Seymour's and 135 others make for great reading and thoughtful contemplation. How can you explain a rainbow appearing in a dreary, cloudy sky; how can you explain miraculous healings; how can you explain a feeling of such great and profound peace that it seems like you've been in heaven for a few minutes? Well...

I was given such a wondrous gift of peace when I needed it most. And, I know that God gave it to me. I don't need anyone to tell me that it was a coincidence or my imagination. God spoke to me and answered my prayers. I have no doubt.

Read 'God Stories: Inspiring Encounters With The Divine' and find peace. And, listen for your own 'God Story'. We all have them.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Sirback on November 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Through my husband's NDE in 2001 he was granted a very special blessing of being able to talk with a spiritual being and was given a message to give to others. He came back to life after being pronounced dead for 20 minutes, survived longer than any doctor or surgeon said he could and he was given this opportunity to tell his message through Jennifer's wonderful and inspiring book of hope, courage and joy told by everyday people going though extraordinary events. With so much going on in the world, what better gift could be given to anyone you know and love than to give them something so powerful as these people's life-changing stories and the undeniable presence of God, here and now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Howard Cochran on November 17, 2008
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This lovely book will no doubt find its way under many Christmas trees this year. My favorite story, of course, is "It Was the Mailman Delivering a Surprise Package" because I lived through that experience and was the recipient of one of those gifts. Pat Groff was--and to this day still is--the best friend I ever had, and it is wonderful to see just a small snippet of how special she was in print. The many inspirational stories are an affirmation of God's love and care. You will love this book. Get one for yourself and another or several others to give.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay N. Bowker on November 12, 2008
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The remarkable thing about this collection of the transformational experiences of ordinary people from all walks of life isn't that they are unique but that they are part of the human experience back to ancient times, recounted through many cultures and religious traditions around the world. Many may be pre disposed to view these accounts with disbelief or even mockery, which is why most are being shared for the first time in this book. Many more, I think, will actually recall similar experiences in their own lives and perhaps have a heightened awareness of this mysterious and reassuring reality in each of our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LynnMauiMagic on June 5, 2012
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I recently read the beautiful book called "God Stories" and what a wonderful compilation of short stories!5-stars! What's great is that the majority of the people in these stories are not "religious extremists" or super religious at all. They're just people like you and me who had an amazing encounter that was no doubt a "divine experience". It brought both a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Every story was unique and special and I literally did not put the book down until I was finished reading the whole thing! I have passed it on to a few friends and my stepmother and it touched and helped each one in a different way. A gift that keeps on giving:)I loved that all these stories come from ordinary people from all around the world. I believe that the stories in this book have the ability to lift the spirits of everyone who reads them. It would be a great gift to give someone, especially someone who may be feeling a bit down. So no matter who you are, man/woman/old/young/Christian/Muslim etc. You are going to love this book!!!
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