Expect a Miracle: The Miraculous Things that Happen to Ordinary People

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1995 - Religion - 257 pages
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Miracles do happen, and they happen every day. Here, renowned author Dan Wakefield's illuminating tour of the miraculous shows that what is possible far transcends our conventional modern expectations.

In "Expect a Miracle," Wakefield starts with miracles in his own life -- an improbable recovery from a near-fatal car accident during college and his middle-age recovery from desperate alcoholism -- and then weaves a remarkable tapestry of true miracle stories from people he met in his workshops and in travels to Lourdes, Ireland, and throughout the United States. representing all walks of life and faith -- a factory worker in Denver, a Buddhist in Berkeley, and a prisoner at Sing-Sing -- these miracles range from amazing physical healing to startling bursts of artistic creativity, the abrupt liberation from a long imprisonment of addiction and despair to the unexpected presence of God and deceased loved ones.

Along the way, readers also encounter extraordinary miracle stories of many well-known people, including singer Judy Collins, former Oakland Athletics pitcher Ron Darling, Senator Richard Lugar, theologian Harvey Cox, and bestselling author Michael Crichton, as well as dozens of other people who have had far from ordinary experiences.

The book closes by showing how eyes open to life's miraculous possibilities can see the everyday miracles we all encounter -- the birth of a child, the gift of friendship, the blessing of good food shared with others, the wondrous delights of our senses, the bounties of nature, and the beauty of silence.

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User Review  - IonaS - LibraryThing

In this book Wakefield explores miracles of all sorts within all religious persuasions. The book is extremely well-written. While reading the first chapter I was on the point of giving up the book ... Read full review

EXPECT A MIRACLE: The Miraculous Things that Happen to Ordinary People

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Inspirational stories of the miraculous, assembled from a wide range of settings by journalist and novelist Wakefield (New York in the Fifties, 1992, etc.). Not so long ago, the author asserts, it was ... Read full review

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