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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
Feb 16, 2011 Janette Fuller rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
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
Jan 05, 2011 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Laine The Librarian
When bad things happen to people, you usually think that that will never happen to you. You are always on alert. You know the proper way to resolve ANY situation. You can act in a split second. You totally have this.

Until that very incident happens to you, or to your loved ones. And it only takes seventeen seconds. And when that happens, it changes your life forever.

Now seventeen seconds doesn't seem like a long time to change your life forever, but count it down: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
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Nicole
Sep 28, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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Kathryn
Nov 19, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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Elise Wilson
Nov 05, 2010 Elise Wilson rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2015 Shelley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2011 Jenifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
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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Lizbeth Brambila
Jan 21, 2016 Lizbeth Brambila rated it it was amazing
I have a very positive review about this book. I really loved this book, it is really interesting, and enjoy reading it. The writing was effective, and powerful. I read very careful, and I was able to understand the whole story. This book has alot of strengths, for example this book is very detailed, this angage the reader. Even know it's a novel the writter make it seem like is a real story, this make the story even more interesting. It also envolves a lot of mistery, that emgages readers atten ...more
Jacquline
Mar 11, 2014 Jacquline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gerberta
Feb 23, 2015 Gerberta rated it it was amazing
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 T
Jan 24, 2013 Erica T rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2010 Paige Duck rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2014 Cricket Muse rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2013 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Stories of redemption and second chances always touch my soul. I encourage everyone to read this book.
Jodie James
Sep 17, 2014 Jodie James rated it it was amazing
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
ShelbyLibrary
When bad things happen to people, you usually think that that will never happen to you. You are always on alert. You know the proper way to resolve ANY situation. You can act in a split second. You totally have this.

Until that very incident happens to you, or to your loved ones. And it only takes seventeen seconds. And when that happens, it changes your life forever.

Now seventeen seconds doesn't seem like a long time to change your life forever, but count it down: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
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Erika
Jan 13, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
The Seventeen Second Miracle by John F. Wright, was a book that contained much emotions and was easy to understand what was going on in the context. During the introduction, we are introduced a few characters that will later evolve due to the fact that the new generation will speak about their experiences growing up. The names of the characters are Rex, "Flick," "Sparks," and "Sparks" family. I can create a scene in my mind by the detail the author put by what he was referring to, for example th ...more
Angela
Mar 16, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-away
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
Aug 09, 2012 Juliet rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, my-copy
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
Dec 14, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-at-library
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
Aug 14, 2013 Yun Zhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2013 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Jan 11, 2011 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2011 Dave rated it it was ok
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
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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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