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The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World [Kindle Edition]

Chris Stewart , Ted Stewart
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“How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessings of living free?”

The answer may surprise you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than 5 percent of all people who have ever lived on the earth have lived under conditions that we could consider “free.” So where did freedom come from, and how are we fortunate enough to experience it in our day?

“A deeper look at the human record,” write the authors, “reveals a series of critical events, obvious forks in the road leading to very different outcomes, that resulted in this extraordinary period in which we live.” They identify and discuss seven decisive tipping points:

1. The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
3. Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity
4. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
5. The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe
6. The discovery of the New World
7. The Battle of Britain in World War II

The journey to freedom has been thousands of years long. Now that it has found its place in the world, the question for those of us who experience its benefits is simply this: Will we work to preserve the miracle of freedom that we enjoy today?


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About the Author

Chris Stewart is a bestselling author who has published more than a dozen books. He is a world-record-setting Air Force pilot and president and CEO of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company. He and his brother, Ted Stewart, are the authors of Seven Miracles That Saved America. Ted Stewart was appointed as a United States District Court Judge in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Governor Michael O. Leavitt and in various executive positions in government.

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  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160641951X
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (June 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00529DSA8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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251 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating survey, welcomed message June 9, 2011
By Padman
Format:Hardcover
Riding on the success of their 2009 bestseller, Seven Miracles That Saved America, brothers Chris and Ted Stewart have compiled a list of seven pivotal events that have saved the world. These events accomplished this feat, according to the authors, by leading humanity toward freedom. It is a truly fascinating survey of remarkable events, and if nothing else is excellent food for thought in considering "What if these events did not go the way they did?"

To begin, the authors are religious and tend to hold a fervently American bias, and this is not shied away from in their examination. As they say, they believe in "American Exceptionalism", and for good reason as argued in their previous book. America is where the greatest and most wide-spread improvement in the human condition has taken place. The Stewart brothers attribute this to a number of factors, and the most important is America's foundation of freedom.

With a book titled "The Miracle of Freedom," the reader would reasonably ask, "What is freedom?" The authors don't give a definitive answer, and rather ask readers to envision a world without it--what would it be like to live in a world without democratic governments or rule of law, without justice or equality, without free nations defending against tyranny and oppression. In short, the concept of freedom is rather assumed, which might lead to ambiguity and debate. Generally, a clear definition in the style of Hayek or Mill is not necessary for the purpose of this book. The fact that it is assumed means that the authors must have concluded that Americans inherently know what it is to be free, perhaps based on their traditions, perhaps due to more spiritual reasons.
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, timely reading! June 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of most thought-provoking books that I have read in a long time.

I believe that we are at a "tipping point" in history. What happens in the next few years will have a major impact for many generations to come.

It is true that freedom isn't free.

It is also true that freedom doesn't just evolve or just happen.

The authors make a convincing case for seven tipping points that saved the world for freedom.The key question, is which way will number eight tip?
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! June 25, 2011
By A&D
Format:Kindle Edition
The authors, Chris and Ted Stewart, discuss about some seminal events that changed the wordl, and they call these the 7 tipping poinst. They also make a believable argument that less than 5 percent of all people who have ever lived have lived free.

They claim that there are series of critical events, a sort of crossroad points that lead to different outcomes, and resulted then to the world/societies where we live now.

The authors mention and discuss about the 7 tipping points in history (the crossroads) which are:

1. The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
3. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
4. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
5. The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe
6. The discovery of the New World
7. The Battle of Britain in World War II

Their arguments are believable, and knowing something about the history, their point of view is very believable. I would recommend this to readers who are looking for historical reviews, books and also those who are interested in how the world became to be as it is now. This book was very enjoyable reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable and Informative November 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ted and Chris Stewart's book makes several essential points. Our present position in world history is not inevitable: It could have gone in a completely different direction, not only at the seven tipping points they choose, but at countless other forks in history, great and small. And the freedom that westerners enjoy at the present time is a rare situation in world history and might not last. This book emphasizes the priceless gift we enjoy and the care which all of us have to exercise in order to preserve it: "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance". My only objection is that the Stewarts, particularly in one chapter, accept uncritically what I would call the classic protestant view of the state of the Catholic Church just before the Reformation. But with that exception, its an informative and readable book which also gives a good overview of history.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of Freedom - 7 Tipping points July 11, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thought provoking, a history lesson, a warning-yes it is all in this book.
Telling the story of history and using a story line of a fictional character at the time made the book exciting and very readable.
However, sometimes I got a little confused and had to refer back to previous sections of a particular chapter.

If they come out with another edition I would recommend a time line at the front, much like a time line one would find at the front of the Bible. (I'm very visual.)

But it is a real eye opener of what the world might be like without these Tipping points. And, in fact, looking at the world today, I wonder, are we at another great tipping point? Can Freedom really last?

And lastly, it is a sad tell, the horrific dark side of humanity. Over and over again there are those who did and those who will seek power and glory and riches at the expense of every human being on the planet. It is clear that that will never change. Just look at the 20th Century; Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Che Guevara, Mao. It's a Miracle that the entire world is not enslaved already.

Read it to be informed. Read it to be forearmed. Read it to be vigilant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
Very prescient read and one that should be on any parent's reading list for their children. In this current age of moral relativism and political correctness, it is good to read a... Read more
Published 3 days ago by James Wheeler
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This book goes far in helping us appreciate the freedoms and blessings we tend to take for granted, giving a whole new understanding to 'divine providence. Read more
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Published 20 days ago by ray
5.0 out of 5 stars very thought provoking!
A book that paints history with broad strokes. Yet the Stewards pinpoint the significant events that are the foundation of our freedom. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Phil Palmer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time. very interesting book.
Delivered on time . very interesting book.
Published 1 month ago by Smiling K
4.0 out of 5 stars SLOW START BUT GOOD READ
SLOW START; BUT INFORMATIVE AND ULTIMATELY A GOOD READ.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth McGlone
4.0 out of 5 stars Was disappointed that he did not give credit to the fact ...
Was disappointed that he did not give credit to the fact that God is Sovereign over history and nations.
Published 1 month ago by sandya
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book. Lots to think about.
Incredible book. Lots to think about.
Published 1 month ago by Buddy
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