This is the season of believing again. The miracles once performed by Jesus thousands of years ago can be done and has been done by others, but we clearly do not see it everyday. In their new book *Miracles Are For Real, Jim Garlow and Keith Wall not only explore what miracles truly are, they give multiple accounts of people who have experienced extraordinary out of this world miracles. The book also spends time relating to those of us who may be skeptical or a bit too logical.
Jim Garlow begins the book assuring us that he is not just someone talking about miracles—he is waiting for one himself and just reading that page alone is encouragement for the rest of us who are waiting on a miracle to happen as well. Yet the book does focus on those who have miracles on their side like a handy shield. So the first question is: What is a miracle exactly?
Miracles are those instances where God intervenes to heal and help outside the realm of science or logic.
That’s my own definition based off the stories told in this book.
There are some really cool chapters which I suggest atheists and agnostics read. Even skeptical Christians may want to study this one: What Skeptics Say on page 69, explores what happens when events take place outside science for which no empirical data can stand up to. You’ll meet “Ralph” who says “Science became his god”(Garlow &Wall, 2011,p. 70: Miracles Are For Real). Ralph suffers from a major heart attack and died for many hours…until he was raised from the dead- literally.
You’ll also read the account of an old woman who was able to lift a car and save a man. The man was not a believer in the supernatural, but after that day something changed…
There are more stories like this and the authors do a beautiful job balancing the miracles and how to read into them biblically and logically. It is okay to have a healthy does of skepticism- why? Garlow talks about phony healers and miracle chasers, great chapters for those who think the book is all about one side of the topic.
In sum, the book was a great read and I took notes on scriptures to help my own studying of this topic. You should too.
*Book received for review from Bethany House Publishers.
Miracles Are For Real
Jim Garlow and Keith Wall
Published: Bethany House(2011)