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The Seventeen Second Miracle [Kindle Edition]

Jason F. Wright
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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters and The Cross Gardener, a story of small kindnesses-and life-changing miracles.

Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when, as a lifeguard, he diverted his gaze for seventeen seconds and tragedy occurred. Forty years later the waves of that day still ripple through the lives of countless people, including his son, Cole.

Cole Connor has become a patient teacher, and now he has invited three struggling teenagers to visit him on his front porch to learn about Rex Connor-and the Seventeen Second Miracle. Together they will learn how Rex Connor could have allowed seventeen seconds to destroy him, but instead he chose to live every day believing the smallest of acts could change the world for good. And the students, each with their own secrets and private pains, will begin to understand that even tragedy brings lessons. Even pain brings comfort. Even death brings miracles. A seventeen second miracle can change a life-if you let it.


Editorial Reviews

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"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights….fresh and spiritual."
– Don Piper, New York Times bestselling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real

"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking…[A] beautifully written book."
– Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Celebrates the incredible joys of the human experience."
– Kevin Milne, author of The Nine Lessons

"Fans of author Jason F. Wright's previous inspirational novels…will delight in this uplifting tale."
Birmingham Magazine

"Jason Wright's storytelling captures the reader's heart and draws them along on the journey to find forgiveness, acceptance and peace through this loving tale."
Wichita Falls Times Record News

"The Cross Gardener is a quiet book with a quiet message of hope…Wright is to be commended for his passion and commitment to his subject."
Deseret News

"Plenty of uplift and tradition-affirming sentiment."
Publishers Weekly

Review

"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights….fresh and spiritual."
– Don Piper, New York Times bestselling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real



"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking…[A] beautifully written book."
– Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, #1 New York Times bestselling author



"Celebrates the incredible joys of the human experience."
– Kevin Milne, author of The Nine Lessons



"Fans of author Jason F. Wright's previous inspirational novels…will delight in this uplifting tale."
Birmingham Magazine



"Jason Wright's storytelling captures the reader's heart and draws them along on the journey to find forgiveness, acceptance and peace through this loving tale."
Wichita Falls Times Record News



"The Cross Gardener is a quiet book with a quiet message of hope…Wright is to be commended for his passion and commitment to his subject."
Deseret News



"Plenty of uplift and tradition-affirming sentiment."
Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 042523794X
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040895CC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gooey, syrupy in excess January 5, 2011
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I feel like a jerk saying that I didn't much like this book, but I have to be honest. I have read The Wednesday Letters and Christmas Jars by Wright and enjoyed them very much, so I was excited to get Seventeen Second Miracle. I was certain I was going to love it. I was shocked when I didn't - I had to force myself to finish it.

It's not that the story itself or the idea of the seventeen second miracle is bad - I think reminding people to notice others' needs and offer help and kindnesses in all kinds of circumstances is great. But I was turned off by a couple of things: Gooey, syrupy in excess ... a little goes a long way, and I found main character, the "hero" and founder of it all, to be unbelievably perfect (I'm talking about after he discovers the seventeen-second miracle - it seems he started out as a pretty normal, likable teenager, and after an accident when he finds his footing again, he transforms somehow into this angelic model to all humanity). It annoyed me - a miracle or doing nothing but good every single day, sometimes at the expense of his family. I get it - I should give more and take less. But sometimes, people get grumpy. They argue. Sometimes, it's understandable that a kid will be disappointed because his dad pushes his son's plans to the bottom of the pile because there was someone else in need. There was always someone in need, and the wise sayings and advice never stopped flowing from the always kind, always patient dad who just couldn't understand why a 6th-grader might be upset that Dad couldn't find a way to compromise and help someone while also doing something nice for his son. The way the dad turned everything into a lesson was tiring, too - I felt preached at and hit over the head with the idea of turning everything into a miracle.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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A novel that keeps you reading. "The Seventeen Second Miracle" is a story about normal people who face bumps, big bumps, in the road, and yet carry on. Wright has his own way of taking characters, not much different than you and I, and making their life worth reading about and learning from. He leaves the reader with a message, an opportunity for a life change, and a life-style improvement. This is not FLUFF.

There is some suspense, but it's not about that, it's about finding heart in living when sometimes life throws us curves. But are normal lives capable of producing miracles? In this story of Cole Conner, a man who has decided to continue a project started by his father, the miracle is found in 17 seconds. Dad Conner was involved in a tragic moment as a youth. He found a way to turn that horror into a positive. Who among us can't use that? But is it realistic? Jason F. Wright makes it believable. He makes miracles happen in a way that become 21st century comprehendible. His characters are real; I can see each of them in people touching my own life. That makes the book meaningful. It's not just a heartwarming story; it's a lesson quite achievable.

Author Wright so subtly creates several characters' descriptions which include outwardly almost hidden signs of continual grappling with grief. Prolonged grief for the loss of a relationship is typically inward, and in this book so realistically portrayed, that readers who have not yet experienced grief of death, separation, or other forms of relationship grief may miss it altogether. Just like in real life. Extended grief festers. This writer indirectly describes it so well, perhaps only those who have thus suffered, and trained professionals, will fully recognize the brilliance in the writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll NEVER be the same!! December 9, 2010
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I thought Christmas Jars was AMAZING but The Seventeen Second Miracle will change your life!! I've always been an encourager and one that is aware of the power of words but never have had the evidence of that portrayed in such an wonderfully written way. From THE MOMENT I finished the book, I was even more aware of the moments of my life and how I wanted to make them count. From applauding a group of soldiers & thanking them as they boarded a plane to handing a cup of coffee to a Salvation Army bell ringer on a freezing cold day my eyes have been opened to the people around me in ways I've not noticed before. What a wonderful gift Jason Wright has given us all this holiday season......the gift of time and how easy it is to make a difference in a life. It won't take you long to read this book because it draws you in quickly but it WILL change your life!! I HIGHLY recommend it & encourage you to give it to everyone you know this holiday season!! It's a WINNER!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring December 27, 2010
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The Seventeen Second Miracle is a book I've already recommended to many people. As with all Jason Wright novels, I walked away having learned something and more determined to be a better person. If you doubt that small acts of service have a lasting effect on a person's life, you need to read this book.

Just today, I was at a movie theater and in the bathroom I found an over-sized gaudy ring that is popular among teens--worth maybe $5.00. I thought about leaving it on the counter, with the chance that someone might come looking for it. But then I thought about what Rex Conner (or his son, Cole) might have done. I took the extra time, even though it meant missing more of my movie, and delivered it to the manager of the theater. Perhaps it will sit in lost and found forever, or perhaps it will be recovered by a grateful teenager. But taking the extra time, be it 17 seconds or several minutes, to do something that might make a difference to someone else, helps me become a more compassionate person.

In The Seventeen Second Miracle, Rex Connor leaves behind a legacy--a legacy that began when he made the worst mistake of his life--one that forever changed him. His son, Cole, is determined to continue sharing the life lessons he learned from his father by holding Discussions with groups of high school teenagers.

Each year, the local high school principle selects teens to become part of the Discussion group. This year, only three are selected, but it proves to be the most impactful group yet as they struggle to face the realities of life and make the right choices despite significant roadblocks.

The Seventeen Second Miracle is one of those books that make you think about all aspects of your life. Its insightfulness touches the heart and delivers a message that is simple, yet profound. A message that is universal and essential in order for us to co-exist in harmony and has the power to literally change lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing
The story of the Seventeen Second Miracle is a special one. I'm not entirely sure whether it's a true story or not, but it is a great one nonetheless. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Vashu Patel
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Published 29 days ago by HH928
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommend!
Read this book for Book Club...everyone was impressed and connected on some level. A lovely way to look for the good or of something tragic.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy's Fancies
5.0 out of 5 stars A story everyone must hear!
A truly incredible, moving story that will touch anyone's life very powerfully. So many great examples of how God causes small but amazing miracles in our lives.
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Very good and I really wanted it to be a true story of morals and values still being taught to our children/students. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet Lee Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an excellent read.
This was an excellent read ....well written & a good way to go through your life ....Doing for others & changing their lives !!!!
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Love this author
Published 2 months ago by Sara R. Mauch
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
It took a while to get into the book, but enjoyed the last half. A great reminder to help everyone.
Published 3 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
very touching story ... have your tissues close by!
Published 5 months ago by Teri Bush
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Jason Wright's books are always inspiring!
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More About the Author

Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author.

He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The Wednesday Letters (2007); Recovering Charles (2008), Christmas Jars Reunion (2009); Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle (2009); The Cross Gardener (2010); The Seventeen Second Miracle (2010); The Wedding Letters (2011); and The 13th Day of Christmas (2012).

Articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He has been seen on FoxNews, CNN, CSPAN and on many local and national radio shows.

Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks to over 100,000 annually on topics ranging from the value of service, the joy of failure, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics.

He lives with his wife, Kodi, and their four children in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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