Former Christian book publisher, accomplished author and Oregon resident, John Van Diest, compiled miraculous narratives from well-known inspirational authors for his new release, Do You Believe in Miracles? These true stories, from the pens of Max Lucado, Billy Graham, Joni Eareckson Tada and others, inspire and offer hope in the midst of troubled times.
John, like many, believed in the miracles of the Bible, but felt “…that was then, and this is now.” It wasn’t that God couldn’t intervene today, He just didn’t any longer. However, in compiling this collection of stories, his reasoning was challenged and then changed.
He read hundreds of dramatic, life-changing stories with the following criteria:
- Were they from “highly” credible sources?
- Was there no evidence of or “natural” explanation for the occurrence?
- Were they unique examples of supernatural intervention?
Many narratives defied what would be considered “reasonable” explanations. From those he selected sixty-four accounts he divided into topical sections of several stories each. Each section begins with a commentary from John and most stories are a page or two long.
Fascinating stories include Henry Blackaby’s account of his daughter’s miraculous healing from cancer and Adrian Rodgers testimony of how God stopped the rain in Russia after nine minutes of prayer. Or Corrie ten Boom’s tale of smuggling her Bible into the concentration camp in plain view of guards. Or the tribesmen who murdered Jim Elliot and other missionaries, who then saw a brilliant white light overhead and heard loud, joyous singing they would later say were angels.
Our nation today experiences the most troubled times I can remember, from loss of homes and jobs to unexpected death and divorce. Many experience feelings of hopelessness and despair. John’s collection of true stories encourages and provides hope as they point to the God of all Hope and readers are reminded God is still in control at all times of all things. Even when things happen we don’t understand or senseless circumstances occur like the Newtown massacre of children and staff.
The book fits easily into purse, briefcase and is small enough for a bedside table with contents that encourage renewed faith and trust. Its “amazing true stories,” short enough to read over a coffee break, while waiting for an appointment or before turning the lights out.
‘Do You Believe in Miracles?’ Compiled by John Van Diest, Harvest House Publishers, 2012, 224 Pages, 978-0736938020, $12.99
Back Cover Copy:
~~Amazing True Stories of God at Work~~
Few things show God’s amazing love and power like a miracle. Do You Believe in Miracles? Is an extraordinary gathering of uplifting stories that reveal how God works through people and life events in surprising ways.
Whether you’re a believer or just someone who loves a well-told story, you’ll be inspired by these true tales of healing, answered prayer, and transformed lives. This hope-filled collection includes contributions from such well-known authors as Billy Graham, Max Lucado, James Dobson, Chuck Colson, and Joni Eareckson Tada.
Read this book and discover wonder and inspiration in story after story that will fill you with the hope and assurance that God is active in the world and in your life today.
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