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From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Wednesday Letters" and "The Cross Gardener," a story of small kindnesses-and life- changing miracles.
Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when he diverted his gaze for seventeen seconds and tragedy occurred. Forty years later the waves of th
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Published September 1st 2010 by Berkley Books
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Janette Fuller
A "miracle" is defined as an extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers. The Seventeen Second Miracle, by Jason F. Wright, is a story about tragedy, forgiveness, hope, love, healing....and miracles. The theme of this book is that it only takes a few seconds to change another person's life....for the good or for the bad.

The title of the book refers to the 17 seconds it took for a young girl to drown. Seventeen year old Rex Conner was swimming with
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Dawn
I feel like a jerk saying that I didn't much like this book, but I have to be honest. I have read The Wednesday Letters and Christmas Jars by Wright and enjoyed them very much, so I was excited to get Seventeen Second Miracle. I was certain I was going to love it. I was shocked when I didn't - I had to force myself to finish it.

It's not that the story itself or the idea of the seventeen second miracle is bad - I think reminding people to notice others' needs and offer help and kindnesses in all
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Nicole
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Kathryn
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Elise Wilson
It is because of Jason Wright's bestseller, "Christmas Jars" that I will be giving away my first jar this Christmas season. And now after reading Wright's latest, "The Seventeen Second Miracle",(SSM) I purchased a journal to record daily SSMs -- ones that I make happen and the ones that happen to me. The SSM is a book that causes self-reflection that leads to action. It is about the capacity of humanity to make positive differences (small and large "miracles") in the lives of fellow human beings ...more
Shelley
So now I've read two of Jason F. Wright's books on the recommendation of my sister-in-law, and I hope to never pick up another one again! Before this, I read The Wednesday Letters. I rated it a 0, but had to go with a 1. The Seventeen Second Miracle didn't irritate me as much, so I'm being generous and giving it a 1.

Wright's writing is really sappy. He should be writing for the Hallmark Channel. First part of the story was really slow and boring. It finally picked up, and then I got to the anti
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Rachel
I don't know if the writing of this book is brilliant but I think the message of it is brilliant. It takes only 17 seconds to change a persons life either for good or for bad. Something can happen in a split 17 seconds and it will alter your life. What you do with it is up to you. Take 17 seconds a day to make someone elses day better....... hold the door, smile at them, compliment them......... and in doing so, will make your own day better.
Jenifer
I really enjoyed this story (just as I enjoyed his other two books). It was a very sweet, heartwarming story that really makes you think about how quickly life can change, just how easy it is to do service for others and how the world would be a much better place if everyone did what small miracles they could. This book has inspired me to be more aware of the "seventeen second miracles" in my own life. I especially love the idea of "love" being a verb.<3
Julie
This book was part of my son's college course "Pursuing Happiness" and I picked it up from him.
There are 3 great lessons to learn from the book: (1) That taking a small amount of time to be kind to others will have unknown positive ripple effects. (2)Sometimes a tragic event will have many positive consequences that are unforeseeable and may never be known by the people involved in the tragedy. (3)Love is a verb (which I had heard before and was glad to be reminded of.
The main character, Cole,
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Jacquline
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Gerberta
This book focuses on service and consciously making an effort to perform some small act of service each day. It also talks about recognizing the little things others do for us.

The Seventeen Second Miracle is a story that was not only inspiring but one that I have been thinking about ever since I finished it.

I think that the thing I liked most about this book was the idea planted in my brain that if everyone, every day, looked for opportunities to do just one nice thing for someone else, and if
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Erica Thompson
I think everyone should read this book. It's a happy ending type of book, but the message it teaches and the way it makes you want to improve yourself is something everyone could benefit from. The background stories were well developed to all come together to tell the current story. Loved it!
Paige Duck
An exceptional story clearly showing what it means to "Love one another". I was in tears at the end (happy tears). What a wonderful world this would be if we all had our daily Seventeen Second Miracle.
Michelle
Being a devoted Jason Wright fan, I was so excited to read this book! Through all his books, "Christmas Jars" has remained my favorite...until now. This one jumped to the top in one reading! Life changing!!
Cricket Muse
In a second, life can irrevocably change. Jason F. Wright builds upon this well-known truism in his new novel The Seventeen Second Miracle. For Rex Conner, it was a summer of promise with a teen’s dream job as a lifeguard as the local beach. He liked his job and loved a girl--and then he averted his gaze for a mere seventeen seconds and life forever changed for him. Those changes continue on in Rex’s son Cole. Cole takes his father’s mistake and uses it teach a selected group of teens the value ...more
Susan Peterson
I loved this book. Stories of redemption and second chances always touch my soul. I encourage everyone to read this book.
Jodie James
I read this book many years ago, but instead of dulling as many others have, it has stayed with me. It's not my usual type of book and I honestly only picked it up because my youth leader made me, but I'm very glad she did. It is an amazing story that will help you restore faith in humanity and change your outlook. If you have ever asked yourself why bad things happen, this book is a great step to finding the answer. The Seventeen Second Miracle is an absolutely brilliant and inspiring book that ...more
Angela
The Seventeen Second Miracle is one book which truly reflects the category of 'inspirational fiction.' It is a short book and a fast read but upon finishing, I felt such a pull to get up and go do something good for someone. Every character in the book had a unique story and everyone of them touched me in some way. I loved that Cole didn't know why these specific students had been selected to participate in the Discussions and that he didn't pretend to have all the answers. While he had the stor ...more
Juliet
This is the 2nd book that I had picked up from the bookstore by Jason F Wright.

I picked up this book because of the interesting story about how every seventeen second can change someone else and your own life.

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Stephanie
The Seventeen Second Miracle:

For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It is an inspirational tale pointing out how one can make a big difference in another's life - in mere seconds. Rex Conner experiences tragedy when a little girl drowns in the 17 seconds he is distracted. But, instead of letting it ruin his life, he starts a journal noticing all of the good things that happen to him every day (what he doesn't mention are the good things he does for others). His son carries on his legacy
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Yun Zhen
Really liked the plot and premise. A simple story about how a little goes a long way, how seventeen second miracles turn into a butterfly effect of more miracles, how to love others before loving yourself. Everybody has a backstory, certain reasons for certain actions, which we should never ever discount. And in the end, this was a very touching story.

Yet it could have been much better writing-wise. The plot was not as cogent and tight as I would have liked. There seemed to be logic lapses here
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Carla
How long can it take to change a person's life? Their day? How hard can it be to step outside of yourself and be fully aware? To grab a moment?
Rex Conner took his eyes off of the lake for seventeen seconds and it resulted in the death of a little girl. His life changed in that moment and so did a million others. It took some time, but seventeen seconds to create a miracle for someone else reaches beyond yourself to all those that person comes in contact with.
Cole Conner has picked up his father'
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Louise
In the Seventeen Second Miracle, Rex Connor learns in one summer afternoon in 1970 when his gaze is diverted for just “17” seconds, what tragedy can happen. Forty years later the waves of that day still ripple through the lives of many people, including Rex’s son, Cole.

Cole Connor is a patient teacher and he has long shared his father’s story with those in need. This fall, Cole has invited three struggling teenagers to learn about Rex Conner – and the Seventeen Second Miracle.

The teens will hear
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Nancy
The Seventeen Second Miracle is a fine example of the kind of feel-good book that I love to immerse myself in once in a while. Poignant and heart-warming, this novel evokes a desire to do better, to love more and to be aware that all of us can perform seventeen second miracles every day of our lives. As a teenage boy, Rex Connor, has a young girl drown while on his "watch" as a lifeguard, a girl who is the sister of his girlfriend, both of which he adores. If being distracted by someone with who ...more
Annalisa
This was a really compelling story intertwining the past present and potential for the future. I was able to listen to the audio book for this and really enjoyed the narrator - he really brought me into the story. The author's detailed description are not cumbersome but really paint a picture that you can place yourself in.

Amazon book info: Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when he diverted his gaze for seventeen s
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Dave
Agree whole-heartedly with the message: we could all use a discourse in the art of helping others for the sake of spreading a little love throughout the world on a daily basis. I get it, the very nature of altruism. These selfless acts are, in fact, "miracles", but only because we live in a world that rears its ugly head more often than it shows its sunny side. Otherwise, these deliberate, and not random, acts of kindness would be the norm, ergo, not miracles. But the book, as it stands, reads l ...more
Kasi Lou
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters and The Cross Gardener, a story of small kindnesses-and life-changing miracles.

Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when, as a lifeguard, he diverted his gaze for seventeen seconds and tragedy occurred. Forty years later the waves of that day still ripple through the lives of countless people, including his son, Cole.

Cole Connor has become a patient t
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Melissa
This is a great inspirational read. The book begins with the story of 17 year old Rex who takes a job as a life guard and meets a beautiful girl whom he nicknames "Sparks" and her younger sister whom he nicknames "Flick." As he gets closer to the family, he falls more in love with "Sparks." Rex is invited to a birthday party for "Flick" the younger sister at the beach to be an extra set of eyes. Though there are life guards on duty, when Flick starts to drown, Rex is playing a guessing game with ...more
Richard Kuhn
I liked this book for a multitude of reasons and in no particular order. First, I have read this authors other works as a study in a style I like. Simple, not extraordinarily complicated characters, drive a story that seems like it could be happening in my own world. Thus, the reader relates to everything the characters go through. The other thing I like about his style is the way the chapters are introduced and ended with a "cliffhanger" type of sentence making it tough to put down. I would rec ...more
Shelly
I loved the concept of looking for simple miracles in everyday life and also being the kind of person that might provide those miracles to others (whether they notice or not). I think keeping a journal of the wonderful but simple things that you see could be very uplifting as you focus on the positive things around you that other people are doing. These can be simple, but still make a big difference. I give that part of the book four stars. The reason I give this book three stars overall is beca ...more
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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The W
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