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Miraculous: A Fascinating History of Signs, Wonders, and Miracles Hardcover – October 1, 2012

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 1, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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How do miracles fit into Christianity? Despite abuses on the subject, the story of God's work in this world cannot be told without admitting the reality of miracles. What we have in this fine book published by Thomas Nelson is a tracing of the miraculous by the hand of God throughout history. As the sub-title says, we have "a fascinating history of signs, wonders, and miracles."

In a brief preface we are told what he means by the term "miraculous". Before he launches into miracles in Bible history, he tells us: " Miracles in Scripture are like the stars. They help us glimpse the eternal. And they, like the heavens, declare the glory of God."

In 11 chapters, he traces miracles from creation on through to the Resurrection and then Paul's conversion. If you are well versed in the Bible these chapters will be a review, though a well-worded review. For a newer Christian, these chapters would be a real boon to understanding.

In Part 2 (chapters 12-29) Mr. Belmonte traces miracles in the lives of Christians in the post-biblical era. These make great reading-think challenging biography-that prove his thesis. Miracles aren't for show, they aren't to be manipulated, but they are real, and they are of God.

The first one was new to me. I was not aware of Perpetua, but was so moved by her story. The miracles he writes of were profound and surrounding the events of her martyrdom. Don't think her death nullified the miracles. They did not.

Many other's stories are told. Even George Washington gets a chapter, a really good one. You will enjoy these stories.

Perhaps you will wonder why some favorite character of yours didn't get a chapter, or you might disagree with one he chose. He never, though, promised us a comprehensive volume.
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