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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Belmonte holds a BA in English Literature and two MA's in Church History and American and New England studies. He is the author of several books including William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity and winner of the prestigious John Pollock Award for Christian Biography


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I highly recommend you purchase this book and cherish it, as I do.
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Gracious in tone, thorough in detail, respectful of all Christian traditions, and well researched, this book deserves a clear minded and open-hearted reading.
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Thank you Thomas Nelson and Kevin Belmonte for giving us this awesome book on God's Miracles!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lancia E. Smith on December 6, 2012
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Kevin Belmonte has presented us with a marvelous survey of the occurrences of miracles woven into the fabric of our very existence. Gracious in tone, thorough in detail, respectful of all Christian traditions, and well researched, this book deserves a clear minded and open-hearted reading.

There is a beautiful, lyrical rhythm in the narrative text of Miraculous. It is a deeply calm and measured accounting of the history of miraculous occurrences. If you look for a vicarious taste of astonishment in this book you will likely be disappointed. Not one single note seems concerned with capturing the sensation of experiencing the miraculous, rather it is focused on something far deeper. It invites the reader to ponder without emotional fanfare the astounding fact that our very world is a miracle itself and our history is indivisibly built on the miraculous. Miraculous prepares us to receive and recognise miracles in our world and in our own lives much like Advent prepares us for the coming of Christ. It requires quiet, `awakefulness', a letting down of our own guard - a softening of our defiant expectations. Read this work quietly and this book of wonders will reward you with not only steady, solid prose but with the most surprising and delightful threads of the poetic woven in as well.

Kevin Belmonte does one of the most difficult of tasks - addresses a highly controversial subject and brings clarity and revelation to his readers. This is not a quick read nor is it meant to be. If you approach it like that you will miss a very real element of its charm and value. It invites and requires pondering. Savouring and listening, sometimes between the lines. I see God's fingerprints all over it. In that it is also miraculous.

I personally find it very touching - and very telling - that Kevin reserves the stories of miracles in his life for the end of the book- in the afterword. He demonstrates something beautiful and rare in modern writing: sacred reserve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hurd on October 1, 2012
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In his new work Miraculous, Belmonte has traced the glorious pattern of miracles throughout human history while employing what has become his trademark, an incredible grasp of poetic prose. Time and again, Belmonte not only informs his audience, but does so through a beautiful journey of language, making his subject matter all the more fascinating. For example, his introduction captures the essence of one of God's awe-inspiring creations, the night sky: "Look at the night sky, shrouded in a mantle of deepest blue, studded with numberless constellations of stars. Each is a point of light, each a celestial shard of glory bestowing glimpses of the eternal" (1). Aside from the strength of its powerful prose, Miraculous contains a comprehensive inventory of miracles as performed throughout time. Not only are Biblical accounts of miracles discussed, Belmonte (in a section titled "Miracles in the Lives of God's People") includes an in-depth examination of miracles for such figures as Augustine, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, David Hume, George Washington, Corrie Ten Boom and Joy Lewis, among others. In addition, Belmonte includes a section on Eastern Orthodoxy, miracles in Africa, and miracles in academia. His final chapter reveals the "God of All Hope" in the midst of our hopelessness.

Not since I read C.S. Lewis' work Miracles have I seen such an emphatic, eloquent argument about the existence and impact of miracles. Our culture is thirsty for a deity to intervene, to prove love beyond our understanding. Spirituality is a popular topic, but yet many demand empirical evidence. Here, Belmonte proves God's "track record" of mysteries, episodes of divine providence where God has protected and nourished His children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on December 3, 2012
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Miraculous by Kevin Belmonte takes a look at stories about miracles that have taken place in our world. Miracles are everywhere, we just don't always remember them from human history, or see them occurring around us today.

Miraculous is a very well-researched text about miracles. Belmonte focuses on biblical miracles that can be found in scripture, which is found in the first half of the book. The second half of the book focuses on miracles that have happened to some historical people in more recent history, including George Washington.

This book isn't a light and easy read about miracles as I thought it would be. It is aimed more for those that have a strong background of scripture and appreciate many historical notes and a strong bibliography.

Although it is highly focused in a more academic way than light reading, I did enjoy the miraculous stories. I wish that he had included more modern miracles than focus on so many in biblical history though. Overall, it is an okay read, but not something I'd want to go through again.

* Thank you to the publisher of Miraculous, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Miraculous by Kevin Belmonte. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 330pp.

Kevin Belmonte is a visiting author at Gordon College and has written on William Wilberforce (being the lead historical consultant for the movie Amazing Grace), G.K. Chesterton, D.L. Moody, and John Bunyan.

In this work, Belmonte offers the church a service by way of the back door. By the title of the book I thought I was going to be reading an encyclopedia of miracles throughout history (after all, look at the subtitle!). You know someone receiving his sight in New Delhi, a limb regrown in Buenos Aires, a bumper crop of vegetables in rural Africa in the midst of a two-year drought. But he threw me for a loop when he started with the Bible. Imagine that. Of all places, he starts with the Bible. Not only this, but he begins by the fiat lux in the opening of Genesis. He pauses to make his reader consider the amazing miracle that Creation is. It is easy to breeze through the day and want something that is extra-ordinary and be blind to the fact that leaves are amazing. Belmonte starts with that wonder and lets it sink in. He moves on through the biblical narrative, highlighting the varied accounts of miracles in it: Noah & the Flood, Abraham & the friendship of God, Moses & the Exodus, Elisha's stupendous feats, the Incarnation, Jesus' Miracles, the Resurrection, Paul's Conversion.
Okay, that was only cursory right? Unfortunately, we still have not let the miraculous amaze us. Instead of being blind to General Revelation in the world, we have been blind to Special Revelation in Scripture. Too often have these accounts been taken for granted. Belmonte does all of us a service by hitting the slow motion button and making us deal with the miracle of Scripture itself.
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Kevin Belmonte holds a B.A. in English Literature from Gordon College, an M.A. in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and a second master's degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine (Portland). His first biography, William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity, received the prestigious John Pollock Award for Christian Biography and has been taught as part of a course on leadership and character formation at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. For six years, Belmonte served as the lead historical consultant for the motion picture Amazing Grace.

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