Miracles : What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life

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An inspiring and eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of miracles from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer and the forthcoming Martin Luther What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain? In Miracles, Eric Metaxas offers compelling -- sometimes electrifying -- evidence that there's something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before. Miracles is also a timely, thoughtful, and civil answer to the books of the -New Atheists- -- Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris -- who have passionately asserted not just the impossibility of miracles and the supernatural, but the outright harmfulness of belief in them. Metaxas -- whom ABC News has called a -witty ambassador for faith- -- provides the measured and wide-ranging treatment the subject deserves, from serious discussion of the compatibility between faith and science to astonishing but well-documented stories of actual miracles from people he knows. A more current, anecdotal, and personal version of C. S. Lewis's 1947 book on the subject, Miracles is a powerfully winsome challenge that miracles are not only possible but are far more widespread than most of us ever might have imagined.show more

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  • Hardback | 333 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525954422
  • 9780525954422
  • 585,575

About Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and the acclaimed Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, (-spectacular*... a crackling bonfire of truth and clarity.**-). His books have been translated into over 20 languages. After graduating Yale with an English degree, he published humor in the New York Times and the Atlantic and was a writer for Rabbit Ears Productions and VeggieTales. He has written over thirty children's books, including the best-sellers, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving and It's Time to Sleep, My Love, illustrated by Nancy Tillman. Metaxas speaks to tens of thousands around the United States and internationally each year. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast and at the 2013 Canadian National Prayer Breakfast, and he has testified before Congress on anti-Semitism in Europe. Metaxas is the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on -Life, God, and other small topics, - featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Francis Collins, N.T. Wright, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Dick Cavett, and Sir John Polkinghorne, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer-at-large at The King's College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. You can visit his website at www.ericmetaxas.com. * The Christian Century ** Books & Cultureshow more

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Praise for Eric Metaxas and Miracles -[Metaxas] has taken a difficult and often controversial topic and presented it with clarity. Both erudite and intimate, Metaxas invites even the scoffer to wonder.- -- Kirkus Reviews -Miracles is the sort of book that -- once you've read it -- you'll wonder where it's been all your life.- --Kathie Lee Gifford, Emmy-award-winning host, The Today Show -If you're a skeptic, read this book with an open mind and you might just discover that miracles are real. If you're already a believer, be ready to be inspired.- --Kirsten Powers, columnist for USA Today and The Daily Beast -Alluring.- -- Library Journal -With this beautiful and moving and thoughtful new book, Eric Metaxas proves yet again to be a writer of the first order....Miracles is a cool rain of intelligent truth.- --Bret Lott, Best-selling author of Jewel; Non-fiction editor, Crazyhorse -Take the brilliant mind of Eric Metaxas, add the provocative topic of miracles, and get ready to change the way you see reality forever.- --Erwin Raphael McManus, Founder of MOSAIC and author, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art -Metaxas's Miracles mixes storytelling with logic and inspiring beauty with profound mystery. It's an intoxicating combination.- --Patricia Heaton, Emmy-award-winning actress, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle -In his inimitably entertaining way, Eric Metaxas shows us that it is okay to believe in a world in which God still speaks and shows up in the cosmos and the lives of people just like you. By opening this book, you'll embark upon a divine conspiracy. Are you ready?- --Gregory Alan Thornbury, PhD, President, The King's College, New York City -As Metaxas himself says, feel free to gulp. Reading Miracles is one of those life altering experiences.- --Caroline Coleman, author of the novel Loving Soren -Metaxas provides a compass for our intellect and inspires our journeys with profound miracle stories -- with his attuned humor shining throughout.- --Makoto Fujimura, Artist and Founder, International Arts Movement (IAM) -Eric Metaxas is like C.S. Lewis but with jokes: intelligent, spiritually profound, and full of wit. In Miracles, Metaxas himself is a testament that genius and religious faith are not mutually exclusive.- --Susan E. Isaacs, author Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir -Read this book to confront your doubt. Read this book to face down your fear of the afterlife. Read this book to re-enchant your humanity.- --Owen Strachan, Author, Risky Gospel -As a secular reader, I come to such books with a certain resistance. Metaxas won me over instantly by meeting me where I live. His intellectual honesty, coupled with an open-hearted wonder at the sheer breadth of human experience, is irresistible.- --Christopher Noel, author, Impossible Visits With wit and wisdom, Eric Metaxas will blow your mind with stories of phenomena beyond anything we might classify as merely natural. And he will bless your heart with what can happen in your life personally as you read stories of people (very smart people I might add) who -extra-ordinarily- encountered God's majestic purpose converging with their daily lives, stunning and humbling them forever. Are you next?- --Emerson Eggerichs, author of 2007 ECPA Book of the Year, Love and Respect. -A dense, edgy and awe-inspiring report on the possibility of the impossible.- --Dr. Markus Spieker, Reporter for German National Television and bestselling author of Hollywood Cinema in Nazi Germany -Miracles is a clarion call to any who, like Dante, have lost la speranza dell altezza. The rich variety of testimonies sing a song of hope and should rekindle in us the glorious certainly that there is a loving God, who is always there willing to help us.- --Dame Alice von Hildebrand, author, Memoirs of a Happy Failure and The Privilege of Being a Woman -No Christian thinker today combines reason and wit, argument and imagination, to greater effect.- --Joseph Loconte, Associate Professor of History at the King's College, NYC and author, God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West. -Metaxas has done it again....he presents hope for the tone deaf who cannot hear the splendor of the music of the spheres, and he brings in sunlight for modern cave dwellers who have become accustomed to only shadows on the wall of our increasingly windowless world.- --Os Guinness, author Long Journey Home -Miracles is just what I needed to remind me to keep asking to see the miraculous.- --Joy Eggerichs, Creator, The Illumination Project, and Founder of Love and Respect Now. -The miracles in Miracles -- and Eric's own amazing miraculous experience -- bring out the fact that the miraculous gift of eternal life that God provides can be experienced here on earth.- --Luis Palau, International Evangelist Praise for Bonhoeffer -Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication.- -- Wall Street Journal -Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.- -- Publishers Weekly -Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive, and international in scope.- -- Kirkus, starred review -Eric Metaxas has written a rich, detailed, and beautiful account of the great pastor and theologian.... Metaxas' Bonhoeffer is a monumental achievement and a deeply important work.- -- Greg Thornbury, President of the King's College, New York CIty -A captivating and inspiring read from start to finish..... Buy it. This book could change your life.- -- James N. Lane, Founder, New Canaan Society; Former General Partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co. -Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer is the biography for this generation. A masterpiece that reads like a great novel and weaves together in one opus an understanding of Bonhoeffer's theology, the complex and tragic history of 20th century Germany, and the human struggle of a true Christian hero. Eric Metaxas is claiming his place as the preeminent biographer of Christianity's most courageous figures.- -- Martin Doblmeier, Filmmaker, Bonhoeffer -With great skill, energy, and warmth, Metaxas reminds us why the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands as a rebuke both to believers and skeptics. Rarely has the story of a Christian martyr been told with such realism and depth. It's a gem of a book.- -- Joseph Loconte, Lecturer in Politics, The King's College, New York City; Editor of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm -Eric Metaxas has written the kind of extraordinary book that not only brings Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his times and his witness vividly alive, but also leaves us yearning to find the same moral character in ourselves. No biographer can achieve anything higher.- -- Archbishop Charles Chaput in First Things Magazine -Metaxas' Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is a modern-day classic that should be on 'best of' lists for the decade...- -- Relevant Magazine -[A]n electrifying account of one man's stand against tyranny.- --Human Events Praise for Amazing Grace -A fine and important book.- -- Chicago Sun-Timesshow more

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