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Miracles Every Day: The Story of One Physician's Inspiring Faith and the Healing Power of Prayer Hardcover – June 15, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Image; 1st edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531818
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miracles Every Day is an astonishing book not just because the story of a man's ability to heal is real, but because you can sense the truth of this man's power and grace on every page. This book renews your faith in prayer, healing, and the Divine.”
– Caroline Myss, author of Defy Gravity and Anatomy of the Spirit
 
“We read a lot about spiritual and miraculous healing in the Gospels and very little about it in the modern world. We all have a need for healing. This book will help you work out what healing you need.”
– Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Rediscovering Catholicism and The Rhythm of Life
 
 “I could not help but be deeply impressed by the awesome healings in Miracles Every Day and the love of God and neighbor that runs through all of Dr. Nemeh’s work. I hope people of all backgrounds, and especially people in the medical field, will read this book. It can enrich our lives and open our minds to the awesome goodness and healing love that has touched so many lives.”
– Fr.  Joseph F. Girzone
 
“This book will give many, many people the one thing that makes miracles happen but is in dangerously short supply today ... hope.”
– Therese Borchard, author of Beyond Blue

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1. A Vision Fulfilled

Ten thousand people came seeking not just a miracle. They came in search of their miracle.

On March 13, 2005, they came to Garfield Heights, Ohio, to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church by private ambulance, in motorized lift vans, and in sedans displaying handicapped hangtags. They came alone and they came with families. They walked with heads held high and they hobbled through the parking lot on crutches. They stood in Disney World–long lines that snaked across a network of sidewalks crisscrossing the parish campus. They came looking for hope. They came looking for healing. At twenty-one degrees and with a piercing wind blowing, many would later recall the desperation of the day wrapped in a memory of brittle cold.

Constructed in the 1950s, the Romanesque church seats eight hundred beneath her graceful arches and towering col­umns. Painted murals and stained-glass windows depict St. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus and the primacy of St. Peter, among other images. As caretakers pushed loved ones up the aisles, some in wheelchairs, some on hospital gur­neys, hymns were being played by the pipe organist in the loft above. Canes, crutches, and walkers could be seen throughout the dense gathering, hard evidence of injuries, disease, or just the physical deterioration of old age. In the pews, bald children pressed close to their parents.

People entered the church filled with a mixture of faith and skepticism, trust and fear, acceptance and anger. They braved the frigid weather and then waited many hours inside, lured by a glimmer of hope that they might be released from the pain in their bodies and the suffering in their questioning souls. They came because they had heard that Dr. Issam Nemeh would lay his hands on each one of them, one person at a time, and say a prayer that each would be healed.

For Dr. Nemeh, this day was the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Over the course of two decades he had laid the foundation for this moment by working as an anes­thesiologist who sat beside his recovering patients in hushed hospital rooms, and then as an acupuncture practitioner in pri­vate practice. When Issam was fifteen years old he had a vision that he would share his gift of faith with thousands, but first he would have to form a solid base for this ministry with a medical practice.

Dr. Nemeh was a physician licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio with specialties in anesthesiology and general surgery but switched midcareer to the practice of Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture. He says he made the career change in response to a message from God that said this new practice would give him time to work with people one on one. Indeed, patients have reported treatment sessions lasting one, two, and sometimes even three hours.

Many patients came to the doctor in a last-ditch effort, after having been told by mainstream medicine there was noth­
ing more that could be done to alleviate their pain, treat their cancer, heal their handicaps, or save their lives. All the while the doctor was bent over his patients administering acupuncture, he prayed. Many patients received dramatic healings: tumors disappeared; multiple sclerosis melted away; vision returned to the blind and hearing to the deaf; migraines vanished; clinical depression was lifted; nerves were regenerated; learning dis­abilities vaporized; people relegated to wheelchairs stood and walked for the first time in years.

Through the years, when patients were restored to health af­ter medical science had said cures were impossible, they wanted to share their stories with the media. Dr. Nemeh redirected them. He requested that they spread the word only to the sick and suffering. In the meantime, he waited for a sign from God that it was time to bring the praying from behind the closed doors of his practice out into the public forum.

Dr. Nemeh’s acupuncture practice grew by means of word­of-mouth referrals from his patients. A nun living in Parma, Ohio, began hearing about Dr. Nemeh from people who came to her chapel to worship at her Wednesday night healing Masses. This feisty sixty-six-year-old born in County Mayo, Ireland, would herself become a patient. After the doctor helped Sister Monica Marie Navin, she proposed that Dr. Nemeh partici­pate in celebrating her miracle with a Mass of Thanksgiving, after which he would pray over seventy-five invited guests, one at a time. And so it began.

Like a far-off stampede that is felt and heard before it is seen, word of the doctor’s gift spread from the whispers of his patients, who told stories of their healings to loved ones and friends. One of those who caught word of what was going on was Emmy Award–winning Cleveland News Channel 5’s lead anchor Ted Henry. He heard the rumblings, investigated, and in November 2004 broke the story of this quiet man whose touch was sought by many.

Intrigued by his initial investigation and the testimonials of astonishing cures coming from people from so many walks of life, Henry continued his research. He developed an eleven-part report that began airing on Cleveland’s News Channel 5 on February 20, 2005. WEWS TV 5 cameras had filmed Cleveland Bishop Anthony M. Pilla celebrating a healing ser­vice liturgy at St. Mary’s Chapel on the campus of St. Ignatius High School, and some weeks later Bishop Pilla granted Henry an interview in which he probed the bishop on the Catholic Church’s official stance on miracles. In that interview Bishop Pilla explained, “It’s clear in Catholic teaching that miracles are possible—that healing can take place. This is not just magic. We pray to God and then patiently and humbly we wait for God’s response, which is always what’s best for us.”

Henry’s report included video footage of Dr. Nemeh giv­ing a lecture at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and praying at public healing services. Viewers did not see a bombastic, aggressive showman preaching and preen­ing onstage before a congregation. What they saw was a quiet, dignified man praying in an atmosphere of solemn decorum, a gentleman in every sense of the word. In his interview, when Henry asked Bishop Pilla why he had chosen to sanction the doctor’s work by officiating at the St. Mary’s healing service, Bishop Pilla offered commentary on the style and motives of both Dr. Nemeh and his wife, Kathy. He said, “They’re not looking for any sensationalism. They’re not looking for any personal reward or praise or adulation. They’re just doing this as part of their faith commitment, their belief that God can heal and that every person can be an instrument of that healing.”

At the end of Ted Henry’s nightly reports, TV 5 flashed a banner across the television screen detailing information about the next scheduled public healing service to be held immediately following the noon Mass on March 13 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Garfield Heights. City police, fire officials, and church personnel braced for a crowd they estimated would be somewhere between three thousand and four thousand peo­ple. Their estimate was off by as many as seven thousand.

2.  Plans

Two weeks before the healing service, Father Ted Marszal, pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul, and the parish’s lead event coordinator, retired police officer Al Strnad, met with Kathy Nemeh and three of her volunteers to try to anticipate the needs of a crowd four to five times the capacity of the church, and to develop strategies to handle those needs. Diane Sloven-ski, the parish secretary, missed most of the dialogue because they had installed a new line to handle the deluge of calls re­questing admission to the healing service, and that new phone never stopped ringing. Elaborate preparations were made for conducting the flow of traffic, including the establishment of a parking lot traffic control team. Maps giving directions to ten off-site parking facilities and area restaurants were printed so that they could be distributed to drivers who would have to be redirected from the church parking lot after it filled up. Home­owners and businesses in the neighborhood were alerted, and most everyone offered whatever parking facilities were at their disposal. Al conducted two instructional sessions to train 250 parishioners who volunteered for one-hour shifts. Yet when the day came, once the volunteers arrived at their posts many of them did not want to leave and go home. They were motivated by an overwhelming desire to serve. They also wanted to re­main as long as possible in what they were experiencing as an intensely spiritual atmosphere. So Al then had to struggle with how to place these dozens of extra people into already over­crowded conditions.

Sts. Peter and Paul staff salted the sidewalks; overstocked the restrooms with paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning sup­plies; and were poised to put in some overtime. They also pre­pared the school activity center, a combination athletics facility and social hall located across the courtyard from the church, by setting up five hundred folding chairs and a small but pretty altar on the stage in this cavernous room. Bishop Roger W. Gries was recruited to celebrate Mass in this makeshift chapel at noon. Throughout the day the building would provide shel­ter from the cold as people waited for space in the church pews to become available. Once inside the church, everyone would settle in for another long wait. Priests and chaplains from other parishes offered the sacrament of the anointing of the sick; they would go through several quarts of holy oil before the day ended.

The Nemehs had accepted an offer of assistance from Brecksville firefighter Lieutenant Patrick Coleman, who had received an ...

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Dr. Nemeh's connectedness to the love and faith of those in need brings about miracles every day.
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Maura Poston Zagrans tells his story, beautifully and faithfully recounting the many times she witnessed miracles.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Minarik on June 21, 2010
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OK, so I was at page 143 and I wanted to hurry and finish the book, but I realized that I couldn't read the book anymore. No, it's not too intellectual, no it's not boring; it's because I can't see through my tears!

I fought through the tears, used a box of tissues and finished the book. The book is stunning! Excellent - Maura Poston Zagrans puts so many other writers to shame. The stories of the people's healings are so very, very moving.

I think if there were a second set of sub-titles, it would be 'tears every other page and prayers every chapter' For what I found was that I was crying all the time (I was reading the book on a plane to California and the passengers next to me must have thought me weird), and the book was SO MOVING that I found myself putting the book down about every 15 pages and praying (surrendering) to God.

The author did a great, great job of describing Dr. Nemeh, his deep soul and his refreshing approach to life, and she did it while removing herself.

Maura Poston Zagrans, thanks so much for writing this great book.

Whoever reads this wonderful story will be blessed, moved and most probably changed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patty K on June 15, 2010
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Dr. Issam Nemeh is the collective memory of healing, love and compassion in the world!

Maura Poston Zagrans tells his story, beautifully and faithfully recounting the many times she witnessed miracles. It's one humdinger of a true story happening right down the street, right in our lifetime. Dr. Nemeh and his wife, Kathy, have integrated religion and medicine into a single continuum, an electric strum of faith that resonates and runs through the story, gathering believers, healers and spirits together.

After reading her book, I am a better daughter. My father has recently-diagnosed Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He is trying every medical possibility but I now celebrate his exploration of alternative medicines and daily expressions of faith and prayer. This book helped me understand that miracles are sometimes extensions of inner strength, peace and diminished pain, not necessarily longer life here on earth.

After rereading her book, I am a better mother. Maura's explanation of neurotheology, the science of prayer, was exceptionally helpful to me. I practice empathy, love and compassion, especially with my children but I can now help my son see that he can train his brain to become less adept at feeling anger, anxiety and aggression through prayer and meditation. And a good dose of hope and humor.

Maura Poston Zagrans has delivered an exceptional book. I highly recommend space for it right at your bedside.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2010
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Miracles Every Day is a chronicle of Dr. Issam Nemeh, a devout Catholic and physician, and many of the lives he touches. Dr. Nemeh is used of God for the healing of others, healings in both the spiritual realm as well as the physical realm. Dr. Nemeh's medical practice and ministry is based in Ohio where thousands gather in anticipation of a touch and a prayer from this wonderfully anointed man of God.

Maura Poston Zagrans has done an excellent job in describing Dr. Nemeh's ministry and chronicling the move of God in the lives of the people who go to Dr. Nemeh in search of healing. While reading this book, I was ushered into the presence of the Holy Spirit, and blessed with the privilege of experiencing the excitement and awe of patients who received a healing touch from God through Dr. Nemeh's ministry. I was so blessed to find confirmation within the pages of this book, confirmation for several things the Lord has taught me. This book inspired to me to take a step of faith in believing for the deeper things of God, and blessed me with a fresh revelation of the love of our Lord. The best part? The last chapter. All I can say is, wow!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Good Reads in exchange for writing a review.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Black on October 7, 2010
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Dr. Nemeh is a remarkable yet modest man. I visited him at his medical practice in Cleveland, and when I left, I was without pain for the first time in years. This was after years of chiropractic, physical therapy, etc., etc.... I had seen the videos on his website of the power of prayer before I went, but I really wish I had read this book beforehand because I would have had a better appreciation for his gifts as a healer.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Houston Reader on June 20, 2010
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Miracles Everyday is a thoughtful and inspiring book about faith, science, and the power of the mind in manifesting healings of the human body in today's world. Dr. Isaam Nemeh, the gifted physician in this book, approaches his patients with the type of compassion and acceptance we all dream of. His extraordinary gift of healing as an extension of God's hand reminds us that God is present in each of our lives, and available to all. Dr. Nemeh's connectedness to the love and faith of those in need brings about miracles every day.

Author Maura Poston Zagrans writes of Dr. Nemeh's ministry with intelligence and sensitivity, allowing the readers to experience, along with her, the incredible miracles she witnessed in the course of her time with Dr. Nemeh. This is a book of hope, for Dr Nemeh's work reminds us of the value of each human being, and the power of the Christ within.
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