Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope
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Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope

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When the odds were stacked against us, and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed, did God intervene to save us?

That question, posed by authors Chris and Ted Stewart, is the foundation for this remarkable book. And the examples they cite provide compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed prese

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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by Shadow Mountain (first published January 1st 2009)
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Teri
Okay, I didn't actually read this book. In fact I didn't even make it past page 10 but I think I had just cause.
The premise of the book is, in their words, to show that the USA "is a divinely appointed nation with a special place and purpose in this world." In the intro the authors talk about how we are the best of the best, brilliant and blessed. I'm intrigued, then I hit page 6, "Parts of these stories will be told in a historically accurate context portrayed fictionally through the eyes of...more
Max
Consider this a reader's digest version of the seven miracles. Even though I have read up on most of these events, I still learned a few nuggets:

- I had no idea the Chinese were as good at building ships as they were, and their subsequent idea to abandon it is remarkable. This is something I'll be looking to read more about.
- How incredibly close the Jamestown settlement came to being abandonded -- I never knew the severity of the situation.
- How much grief Abraham Lincoln got during his preside...more
Rachel
This was an inspiring review of key events where only divine intervention can explain how America overcame the challenge. This book examines the hand of God in the making and keeping of America. Begins with the miracle of Christopher Columbus discovering American, success of the James Town Colony, and the first fateful battle of the Revolution, then on to the Constitution and the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Midway in the Pacific was all news to me, and the surprise at the end, Reagan sur...more
Ashley
I enjoyed the book. The introduction almost turned me off, I found it almost childish. I felt like he was almost poo-pooing people's arguments because he didn't agree with them. I didn't agree with them, either, but I didn't like the condescending tone he took. I did find the actual miracles part very interesting. I almost feel like I got cheated in school; how did I not know about some of these things? I found the part historical fiction, part non-fiction format very distracting. I know he was...more
Mary
It is so nice to read something that is positive about America. I am grateful to be an American which to me means something more than just being born here. I get tired of the slam America crowd and their claims that we are only prosperous because we have taken from others or somehow cheated to prosper. We prosper because we are free to prosper. We have that freedom because of God. One of the great lessons of America is not that we should be ashamed of our success but that there is enough success...more
Ryan
As someone who has always liked history, I particularly enjoyed the book Seven Miracles that Saved America. In this book, the authors state, “Despite our faults, [America:] is still the last, best hope of earth.”

As an title to the book suggests, the writers discuss seven separate events that were pivotal to the creation and sustaining of America. Many times the odds were against the United States of America succeeding. However, certain fortuitous events seemed to occur at the right times. Exampl...more
Laurel
I need a hug. History hurts my brain with all its dates and details. Some reviewers complained about the switching from non-fiction to fiction, but I'm not sure I didn't like it. Some of the stories came when my mind needed a break from the numbers.



The book answered a lot of questions, and raised a few. Very thought provoking. It explained why the Constitution stated that all men are created equal, yet didn't abolish the practice of slavery. It did not answer why Washington didn't free his slav...more
Heather
This was a neat book! I’m grateful for America. I’m grateful for God and His miracles. I think there are many miracles that could have been written about. God will accomplish His work. I wonder if something else could have happened to preserve American in these instances had these miracles not happened, but I think these are seven very special events:
The miracle of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the New World – it’s a miracle the Chinese didn’t discover America first and that Columb...more
Libby
Saying that I read this book, is sort of an overstatement-- I read the intro and the first 2.5 chapters (I think there are 7). I think these authors would write a much more compelling historical fiction novel, than a "persuasive" non-fiction. I felt a lot like I was being sold a used car when I read the persuasive text and felt that the arguments were very repetitive, but I found the non-fiction portions to be exciting and vivid. I was very turned off by the ethnocentric premise (perhaps they sh...more
Natalie
I HATED this book!!!! There are very few books that fall in this category but the methodology used to prove his thesis is heavily flawed, including many fictional accounts purported to prove his point. While I love America and believe in many miracles associated with this country, which he does include (the fog rolling in just in time to save American forces during the Revolutionary War Battle of New York), many of their miracles were exaggerated to sound much more miraculous that necessary. Whi...more
Sherrill
I do believe in these miracles. I believe that heavenly father cares about our country and he made things happen so that America could exist. The thing that has troubled me is whether we are still worthy of that concern. My favorite chapter was the last one where they addressed this thought. I look at the moral decay and the choices the voters make. Are we saying abortion is fine? Do we believe marriage is no longer between a man and a woman? Still they point out that like when Abraham petitione...more
George
To me this is a fiction book posing as a nonfiction one. The author chooses seven events in world and U.S. history to support his premise that "When the odds were stacked against us - and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could and should have failed - did God intervene to save us?" The author feels that the U.S. has developed because of Divine purpose and oversight.

I feel there is a lot of fiction to this as the authors creates conversations and character feel...more
Robert
1) Columbus discovers new world instead of Chinese.
2) Jamestown - i.e. English are the successful colonizers.
3) Summer Fog - key battle in the revolutionary war.
4) Constitution
5) Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg
6) Miracle at Midway in WWII
7) Fraction of an Inch - Reagan.

I agree with many of these and liked some of the analysis. My criticism is the toggling between historical fiction style to essay. Stick with the essay, the stories are powerful enough that we don't need emotions pricked with specula...more
Danna
This is unabashedly nationalistic, patriotic and religious. The narrative is strong and engaging, but the citations are vague as in "for more information about ....... see .......". The "what ifs" at the end of each section were just plain annoying. Still, I'm glad I read it for the info about Midway, especially. Each of the seven incidents is significant to our history, and I came away with a stronger sense of the importance and greatness of our country.
I wish all of our history were as positiv...more
Valynn
The book itself is probably only deserves 4 stars, but the premise is so important that I gave it 5. I find myself thinking more about our country's problems than its potential. This book helped me remember that the US is a special country. Would democracy have flourished throughout the world if it didn't succeeed here? We would be a much better country if all of us remembered how we got to where we are and tried to continue making our country great. This book is a good reminder.
Emily
This book has a definite target audience of religious (primarily Christian) Americans. Someone outside that target group might still enjoy the stories about courage and determination and the authors' overall upbeat message, but it's best to head into this book keeping in mind for whom it was written.

I read this book with two different brains: my historian brain and my religious-person brain. My historian brain cringed at some of generalizations made by the authors (i.e. saying late medieval Euro...more
MariLee
Really enjoyed this book. It's easy to get caught up in the constant negative media hype and bogged down by the current circumstances created by our government officials and their ridiculous political posturing. This book was a nice reminder that America is a special country that has been protected and preserved for a purpose. A perfect read for anyone who enjoys history or needs their sense of patriotism & hope renewed.

Well written, easy to read. Good discussion book.
Joyce
Lately the political situation in this country has caused a lot of depression and discouragement. This book is a breath of fresh air and brings hope and gratitude for our wonderful country. As Abraham Lincoln declared, America is the "last, best hope of earth." This book is a great mini-review of American history, reminding me of great events in our country's history as well as the fact that God cares about us. I highly recommend this book!
Julenew
I needed this book. I savored it. I took my time with it, because I knew there were only so many chapters and then it would be over. So when the news of the day was particularly distressing, and I couldn't see anything to continue to fight for, I'd get out this little volume and treat myself to another miracle. I invariably came away with my sense of calm and inner peace restored, and a new faith in tomorrow.
Sharee
This is one book that I think every American should read. I have always loved our Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and our amazing country, but this book has developed an even deeper admiration for the men and women who have made this country great - ALWAYS in partnership with God. This goes on my "Favorite Books of ALL-TIME" list. An absolute MUST read, as far as I am concerned.
Susan Jones
Because I believe in the same premise as the authors (that America is the best country on earth and established and preserved by God), I enjoyed this book. One thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that I thought there was too much historical fiction. They should have stuck with facts, or at least reduced the amount of historical fiction.
Kim


I loved this book. It gave me hope that everything that is currently going on in our country will get better. It may take a while and it might get harder, but I am convinced our Heavenly Father wants this country to succeed. The constitution may someday hang by a thread, but it will not go away. There is still hope.
Angie
I'm a bit of a history buff, so this is right up my alley. But it is so interesting even the layman can appreciate. I've loved the patriotism of this book. It was refreshing in a time when patriotism is not cool! Loved it.
Erin
I love books about America, and this one was wonderful! sometimes non-fiction is slow to get through but this book was so interesting and that I breezed right through it. Great book!
Barbara
Very interesting. Made me realize we never could have gained our freedom without heavenly intervention.
Kelly
Great insight by Chris about the events that have transpired in making Americas history.
Jeff Stockett
I thought this book was excellent. All of the historical events portrayed in this book were events that I already knew something about. However, it was interesting to learn about these events on a deeper level. It was also interesting to view these events from the perspective of this book.

The perspective this book takes is that the principles of liberty are important to God. As such, the United States of America is important to God because it has been the country that has lead the world in estab...more
Cyndi
I wrote a long review and lost it, here is the quick synopsis. There are many pessimists who can look at all that is wrong with the world and say America is going to the dogs, but the authors point out good things with the world - ordinary people living caring lives. That is what is good about America and why we have reason to hope. We all fall short of being perfect, but most of us still try. You may not think America is exceptional, but it is unique in the way it came about and that it has end...more
Amy
This was a fascinating book. I read it in one week. It is truly amazing and shows that we have a Creator, God makes miracles happen and that this nation is the promised land. My favorite part of the book was the last couple of paragraphs:

"But, in a sense, it may not matter quite as much as we think, for God has shown His willingness to save an entire people for the sake of the righteous, even if they are but a few.
If that is true, maybe we need no worry so much about our country and our people a...more
Jenny
maybe only a 1.5 I can't really decide...

I was somewhat conflicted with this book...Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I do believe that God had a hand in establishing a free country where the gospel could be restored and people could worship according to their personal beliefs. That being said, however, I thought some of what was written in the book was a bit of a stretch...Also,when it takes me nearly six months to get through a book, you know there is a problem...more
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