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An inspiring and eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of miracles from the  New York Times #1 bestselling author of  Bonhoeffer.

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain? 

In  Miracles, Eric Metaxas offers compelling -- sometimes electrifying -- evidence
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As I started reading this book I wanted to highlight a quote I liked however, as I continued reading I realized that nearly every page had so much good content that my pages began to look like a class on annotation! Miracles is a rich book, full of life that penetrates the heart!
Wesley Roth
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading "Amazing Grace" and "Bonhoeffer" (two books which deeply affected me), I was very much looking forward to his new book "Miracles." In the first half of the book, Metaxas does an excellent job introducing the reader to what IS a miracle, and does a great job addressing miracles in the realm of science and the universe: "What if science points us beyond science?" the author asks. He cites Bonhoeffer: "We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don't know." Metaxas does an exc ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My hope is that this book changes perspectives on life in the cosmos, on Christ, His life and eternal mark on history, on the desire of God to do something quirky that is so out of the ordinary that the event just cannot be explained in the natural. The first part of the book explores the concept of miracles. “If God could speak the universe into existence, could he not afterward speak into that existence.” (p.12) “Miracles point to something beyond themselves.” (p. 16) From there, Eric Metaxas ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This a must-read for anyone who has wondered how God communicates with his children. Miracles are a way for our Father to bring us closer to him, by demonstrating awesome insight into each of our lives and the ability to direct any situation toward His purpose.

This is a wonderful exploration into the miraculous existence of human life on Earth and illustration of how a few of our brothers and sisters have been reminded of God's love.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, memoir, religion
I read nearly 60 books in 2014 and it looks like this is only one that I gave 5 stars to.

Metaxas writes an important book in the tradition of intellectuals like C. S. Lewis. He approaches the subject of miracles from a perspective of logic and science, not blind faith or literal acceptance of scripture.

A rational, open minded, nonbeliever can read this book and come to the conclusion that believing in miracles is actually more logical than trying to explain them away.

My favorite section is where
Brian Eshleman
The reading experience of the case studies on miracles was a little like Fox's Book of Martyrs in reverse. The reader knows what's coming, and coming again, and coming again, so what in daily experience would be poignant, even wrenching, becomes a little repetitive. It's not the author's fault. God is just TOO faithful for us to constantly be entirely surprised. :-) ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Scientific Basis for Miracles

The first part of Eric Metaxas book on Miracles, gives a detailed scientific explanation, although written for the general reader, of how miracles are possible. This section pulled me in. I've read a lot of science about the cosmos, but this section was one of the best I've read. Eric points out how amazing it is that the Big Bang occurred and even more amazing that there is life on this planet at all. When you've finished the section you have to agree with him; it
Veronika Countryman
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was almost disuaded to read this book by its title. It made it sound like the Metaxas was going to put forth pat answers on the who, what, where, when and how of miracles, as well as the formula for securing your own. Happily, the read was much more satisfying than that. Full disclosure: I am a long time Christian and also a long time thinker who is not contented with superficial answers to life's complex issues. He treats the subject in two contexts: the cosmic, creation-related context and t ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much! I feel it is an excellent read for both Christians and skeptics. There is so much that both sides can learn from. There are two main parts of the book. In the first half, Eric approaches the subject with a scientific and logical mindset. In one chapter, he talks about how improbable it is the Big Bang occurred, which I found particularly fascinating.

In the second half of the book, Eric tells miracle stories that happened in his life and in the lives of a few people
Ginni Brinkley
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I had access to a pre-release digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I saw Eric Metaxas speak at NewDay, a Christian youth camp held in Norwich. I wasn't a camper, I took my daughter that one evening to see Matt Redman, who was signing. Eric was a bonus! He mentioned following him on Twitter, so I did. A few weeks ago he tweeted about people being part of his book launch team, so I filled in the most atrociously poor request form, dangling the carrot of making Mi ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. It clearly shows how God is still at work in lives today performing miracles that we can not imagine. This is a must read for everyone. The most amazing part is that although the author covers quite a number of miracles, that is only a slight fraction of the miracles that God is performing every day that we never hear about.
S.C. Skillman
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Metaxas is renowned as the author of a much-admired book on Dietrich Boenhoffer (published in 2011). In this new book, he turns his attention to a vitally important subject: our worldview and how it affects our perception of reality.

In the first half of the book Metaxas examines the rules by which we may determine that an event is “a miracle”. One of his most compelling early chapters is about the miracle of life on earth. As a counterpoint to Stephen Hawking’s observation that "We are just an a
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This is a miracle book of a different sort. The author begins the book by setting forth a case that believing in the miraculous is both perfectly logical and sensible given what we know from science today. He explores the 'most recent scientific discoveries' to show how strongly all signs point to the supernatural and miraculous origins and continuation of the universe. While I don't agree with the basis of his argumentation I found it an interesting one to follow. The way I see it, belief or ou ...more
Shelley Sipe
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Knowing Mr. Metaxas' talent for writing biography's, i immediately jumped into the second part of the book wanting to get into "the stories".. I was not disappointed.. Each miracle, fascinating in it's own right, is based on stories of people the author knew well enough to trust their accounts. One amazing story after another. When i went back and read the first part of the book, the theology of miracles.. the hows and whys.. the science of it all, i was pleasantly surprised to find that i loved ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part of this book was 'The Introduction to Miracle Stories' and the accounts of the miracles given in that portion of the book. When I attended a Socrates in the City Event I had the opportunity to meet and visit with three of the people the author wrote about, so I was delighted to 'meet' them again via the pages of this book. Personal instances of God's intervention in the lives of individuals happen, and these stories need to be told. As I read, I reflected on friends in my own ci ...more
Dottie Parish
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book with a wealth of information about miracles and many beautiful stories that will expand your view of miracles. The book is divided into two sections. Part 1 The Question of Miracles, gives an extensive definition of miracles and broadens the readers view in all directions. The chapters in this section describe the incredible miracle of our world which could not exist without many exact parameters. Metaxes also includes in Part 1 a chapter on Questions about Miracles, ...more
Megan Knippenberg
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Wonderful. I wholeheartedly agree with the Kirkus Reviews: "[Metaxas] has taken a difficult and often controversial topic and presented it with clarity. Both erudite and intimate, Metaxas invites even the scoffer to wonder."

Part One of the book is dedicated to a scholarly inquiry of what miracles are and why they happen. I especially enjoyed Chapter 4, "Is Life a Miracle?" which lays out scientific research about the necessary conditions for life on this world to exist. Some of these I had hear
Lisa Hudson
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I appreciated that it was broken up into two parts: (1) The Question of Miracles and (2) The Miracle Stories. There is something for both seeker and saved in this book. Metaxas does a marvelous job of integrating scientific thinking with the miraculous and points out that some of the greatest scientific minds were solid Christians, a point not often brought out to readers. In The Miracle Stories, I was reminded of when I have personally witnessed the miraculous in ...more
Leyla Atke
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this great book about miracles while browsing categories in my own book, which describes a miracle I experienced myself. I am still trying to understand my miraculous experience and find a scientific explanation to it. Once many years ago, I found and rescued a little black kitten. I took it home, raised him and surrounded with all the love and attention. One year after he was killed by dogs or driven by a car (I do not know exactly how that happened but I lost him). I deeply worrie ...more
David Kemp
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of those rare books that will be added to my all-time favorites list.

In the first half of the book Metaxas presents the subjects of miracles, faith, and Christianity (whether they are fact or fiction) in such a way that they can be understood by anyone, yet he is not patronizing, simplistic, or preachy.

In the second half of the book he provides a “lab” section providing different examples which potentially demonstrate the reality of miracles (you read it and decide for yourse
Jim Ainsworth
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Metaxas has written some really inspiring books. This is another one. I enjoy his writing style because it is easy to read and never pretentious. I could nitpick some minor repeated words and clichés in later sections, but there is no need. The book as a whole stands out because it is informative, inspiring and entertaining—and it took courage to write it.

When you write about religion in any form, especially science and religion, the “experts” come out in force, hammering away at every conclusi
Dr. Steve and Betsy Pollock
Inspiring and challenging

I am familiar with Eric's books. His skillful use of language about God and faith is impressive. I bought this book because a charismatic pastor talked about it, and I thought the book would be good to read. The book is delightful. I learned a great deal about how God is working in our lives through the many testimonies included. More importantly, I learned that I believe in miracles...and I am not alone.
Christian Barrett
Metaxas is typically a good writer, but this book would not show that. The sentences are sloppy and short, which appear to be intentional to get the wow factor of the book across. This book is odd because Metaxas doesn’t use a traditional definition that theologians and philosophers alike have come to agree on, and the closing chapter seems to call readers to look for miracles more often because they happen regularly. If that were the case then they would no longer be miracles. With that being s ...more
Justin Tapp
This is my first encounter with Metaxas' writing outside of childrens books he wrote early in his career that my son has. I read atheist-humanist physicist/philosopher Alan Lightman's The Accidental Universe immediately after this book, and I highly recommend the two juxtaposed. Lightman's book confirms Metaxas' summary of modern physics and cosmology, while taking the completely opposite view. For a preview of the cosmology of the book, check out Metaxas' article in the Wall Street Journal last ...more
A friend bought us the book Miracles: What They are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas as an encouragement to the journey in recovering health. I expected to find a series of stories describing miraculous accounts from beginning to end, but was pleasantly surprised that over one fourth of the book presented case making of miracles. Metaxas launches into a rational formation of why we should even believe in miracles.

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This book was everything that I'd hoped it would be and more.
The second half describes miracles, all experienced by people that the author knows personally, concluding with one that happened in the World Trade Centre on 9/11. They aren't "famous" miracles, just ones that happened to ordinary people in response to prayer.
The book also describes the miracles in the bible including the resurrection so the timing for reading it was just right but it also has a fascinating section at the start on the
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting and a well written book.
Really liked the first part of the book where E. Metaxas talks about beginning of the earth, other planets and stars and some of theirs miraculous purpose. Being scientist by myself, there were still a few new information for me.
Also I liked the part about Bible, especially the part where the author mentioned parts which are not included in the Bible. The importance of Jesus, his (God’s) miracles, importance of Resurrection for Christianity…were well rese
Sarah Carter
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I believe in miracles.
It’s easy for me to believe in them. It’s hard to talk to people about them and explain why and how they happen.
However, after reading Miracles: What they are, why they happen, and how they can change your life by Eric Metaxas, I feel more confident about how to talk about them because he explores both the personal side of miracles, but also the theological and scientific side.
I volunteered to read this book as part of the launch team. In return for getting an advanced co
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Miracles are an important subject in the modern world, and I was excited to learn what he thought. However, as I got in, warning bells started going off in my mind. Metaxas' book is divided into two halves: one the discussion and proof of miracles in science and in the Bible. The other, a collection of modern-day miracles he's learned about from people he knows.

In the first half of the book, Metaxas starts with scientific miracles to get people to question their "no miracles, only science" slant
Nathan Schwartz
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book opens with a quote from G. K. Chesterton: “The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them.” If that sounds right to you (but only for Christian miracles), then you will likely appreciate this book.

There are so many things in “Miracles” that may sound reasonable to Metaxas’ intended audience, but should raise alarm bells for anyone. There
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In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, Rabbit Ears Productions and the New York Times, four things not ordinarily in the same sentence. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into more than 25 languages.

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