December 3, 2012

Miraculous by Kevin Belmonte

Miraculous by Kevin Belmonte takes a look at stories about miracles that have taken place in our world. Miracles are everywhere, we just don’t always remember them from human history, or see them occurring around us today.

Book Description
For thousands of years, the hope of heaven has called to people through miracles. When we stop to consider their stories, God’s voice calls to us as well.”
In our age of constant innovation, technological achievement, and the sad tendency to see ourselves as the captains of our fate, we may be tempted to make little time for miracles, or give little credence to them. But to live our lives without a sense of the miraculous is to live impoverished lives. Our word for miracle comes from the Latin word mirari, “to wonder.” And well might we wonder when we consider the nature of miracles and their purpose.
It is here that a grand conversation beckons. God has been our help in ages past. He is our hope for years to come. To learn of holy events and people—supremely, to look upon the Savior—is to see the power of God, and how He has always sought to draw us to Himself. He is our eternal home. Miracles point the way there.
Look at a night sky, studded with numberless constellations of stars. Each is a celestial shard of glory—bestowing glimpses of the eternal. Miracles in Scripture are like the stars. They, like the heavens, declare the glory of God.
In these pages are scenes and lives touched by eternity, settings of almighty declaration, moments marked by deliverance, by mercy, or visionary unfoldings of God’s divine intent.
Kevin Belmonte provides learned insight into the profoundly important history of miracles. Miraculous is a richly researched text of wondrous things that have taken place from ancient times to the present.” – Miraculous

My Thoughts
Miraculous is a very well-researched text about miracles. Belmonte focuses on biblical miracles that can be found in scripture, which is found in the first half of the book. The second half of the book focuses on miracles that have happened to some historical people in more recent history, including George Washington.

This book isn’t a light and easy read about miracles as I thought it would be. It is aimed more for those that have a strong background of scripture and appreciate many historical notes and a strong bibliography.

Although it is highly focused in a more academic way than light reading, I did enjoy the miraculous stories. I wish that he had included more modern miracles than focus on so many in biblical history though. Overall, it is an okay read, but not something I’d want to go through again.

* Thank you to the publisher of Miraculous, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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