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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read, and encouraging to hear about evidence of the supernatural, certainly will encourage your walk with such a great God!!!Published 6 months ago by Cynthia A. Balcom
Many studies of miracles look into whether they occurred or can happen. Belmonte book goes even deeper than that and shows that there are many more types of miracles than normally... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by OtherWorlds&Wisdom
Kevin Belmonte has the ability to capture your attention and hold it until he expresses his very last thought. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Doreen Perley
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Kevin Belmonte is a visiting author at Gordon College and has written on William Wilberforce (being the... Read more
I've been so encouraged reading Kevin Belmonte's "Miraculous" and hearing the testimony's of journeys walked with God before mine... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Leah Kelton
What an inviting book! Thank you for re-sensitizing me to miracles I have grown to take for granted and for introducing me to fresh miracles I would have never otherwise... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by DeAnn Barta
Miraculous by Kevin Belmonte takes readers on a detailed, guided tour of signs, wonders and miracles presented--but, often overlooked, throughout history. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Angela
Weighing in at over 300 pages, I must admit that Belmonte's text is weighty. Don't be afraid though, as historically-driven as this book is it is far from those textbooks you... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Jason Brueckner
BookSneeze on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing provided a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by DeannaMary