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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523794X
  • ASIN: B004J8HWXM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Seventeen Second Miracle offers everything I want in a book: believable characters, laughter and tears, a heartfelt narrative, and a timeless message....On a scale of one to ten, I give it a seventeen."
-Kevin Milne, author of Sweet Misfortune

"An unassuming little book with a whole lot of heart....Wright's prose is like a handmade quilt, intricate in design but featuring a homespun simplicity."
-Jessica Harrison, Book Critic, Deseret News

About the Author

Jason F. Wright is the New York Times bestselling author and political commentator whose editorials have appeared in newspapers nationwide. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN and local television affiliates around the country. Wright and his wife, Kodi, live with their four children in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

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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I will be reading future Jason F. Wright work and can't wait for the next book he puts out.
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With every one of his books, I always learned an important life lesson and want to ponder and share that message with everyone.
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It is a short book and a fast read but upon finishing, I felt such a pull to get up and go do something good for someone.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 28, 2010
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Kessinger VINE VOICE on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris R. Lubitz on 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 By Just B on March 31, 2012
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I have read "Christmas Jars", "Christmas Jars Reunion", "The Wednesday Letters","The Wedding Letters", and "The Seventeen Second Miracle". All beautifully written, heartwarming and inspiring.
"The Seventeen Second Miracle" however, left me forever changed. No book, nor reading of any kind has ever left me in my current state. From this reading, I felt as if I was litterally broken open. Blind and now seeing. Seeing things there were always there, but went unnoticed. I've always believed in miracles, but never ever, did I think that "I" had the ability to create one. The opportunities to create miracles abound!
If you never read another book, please read this one and share it with as many as you can.
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