“We must think about these things,” writes Eric Metaxas* in the opening pages of the book Miracles. “We must wonder about them and about our lives and about life in general. It is healthy to wonder. We have a deep need for wondering. ‘Wonder’ is of course the root of the word ‘wonderful,’ so we must wonder generally and we must wonder specifically.”
And that is certainly what he inspires us to do in his new book about miracles, a thought-provoking, logical and thorough account of “what miracles are, why they happen and how they can change your life.”
Challenging the notion that science is at odds with faith and miracles, Metaxas begins by providing an easily accessible look into the science behind the creation of our universe – explaining how science has given us more and more evidence for the “miracle” of our very own existence. Indeed, a deeper examination into the mere creation and presence of our moon is sure to leave many readers questioning the notion that we exist purely “by chance.”
But, as one might expect for a book about miracles, it is not strictly science he uses as evidence. Metaxas takes us on another thoroughly explored journey into the miracles in the Bible, including Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Skeptics and believers alike with questions relating to the crucifixion and oft proposed “swoon theory” – and even the very core of Christianity itself – are sure to receive answers, if not at least give a second thought to the hypothesis he proposes.
Indeed, Miracles is more than just a book about Christianity, faith and belief in God. It is an exploration into the very existence of our world, of humans and of the meaning of life.
So, this holiday season, as we prepare to celebrate what can be described as yet another miracle (the birth of Christ), ATG puts forth Miracles as a top pick for anyone and everyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of life. If nothing more, it causes us to question our beliefs – no matter what they are.And perhaps that is a small “miracle” in and of itself.
Since this has been posted, Metaxas has appeared on various news sites and has published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, which has become the most popular piece ever on the WSJ website. See below for just a sampling:
- “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God” – The Wall Street Journal
- “Metaxas on Miracles” – The Huffington Post
- “The ‘Craziest,’ God-Ordained Real-Life Miracles That This Author Says Will ‘Blow Peoples’ Minds'” – The Blaze
- News clip – The TODAY Show
- News clip – The Kelly File, Fox News
- News clip – Red Eye, Fox News
*Eric Metaxas is the author of two critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographies on Bonheoffer and William Wilberforce. He is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, a Manhattan speaker series on “Life, God and Other Small Topics” (more to come on that at a later date).
In discussing miracles, it is worth mentioning the book Miracles by C.S. Lewis, considered to be a world-famous literary critic and the most important Christian writer of the 20th century. Published in 1947, it seeks to tackle the philosophical question of miracles in a comprehensive examination of naturalism vs. supernaturalism.
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