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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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

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Two years ago, contemporary writer Wakefield surprised many when he honestly and movingly recounted his spiritual reawakening in Returning: A Spiritual Journey (LJ 3/1/88). Now, he collects a variety ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

ABOUT KURT VONNEGUT Kurt Vonnegut is a unique voice in the American canon-a writer whose works are hard to categorize, often straddling the space between literature and science fiction, and filled with cutting satire and dark humor. Like Mark Twain before him, Vonnegut's reputation and impact on American writing and reading will continue to grow steadily and increase in relevance as new insights are made. Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, and studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. In the Second World War, he became a German prisoner of war and was present during the bombing of Dresden. This experience provided inspiration for his most successful and influential novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut-admired as much for his views and his "Vonnegutisms" as for his publications-wrote extensively in many forms, including novels, short stories, essays, plays, articles, speeches, and correspondence, some of which was published posthumously. ABOUT DAN WAKEFIELD A lifelong friend of Kurt Vonnegut's, Dan Wakefield both edited and wrote the Introduction to the bestselling collection of Vonnegut's personal correspondence, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. In addition, Wakefield is the author of the memoir New York in the Fifties, which was made into a documentary film, as well as Returning: A Spiritual Journey. He created the NBC prime time series "James at Fifteen" and wrote the script for the movie based on his novel Going All The Way, starring Ben Affleck.

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