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4 Stars Out Of 5
October 9, 2014
I received the book Heaven Touching Earth from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. In the book, various stories were compiled by James Stuart Bell of everyday people who have stories of supernatural occurences that can only be explained as a miracle from Heaven. Sometimes as Christians, living here on Earth, all we see around us are our problems and dire circumstances, but there is another dimension that takes over sometimes, and it is by the love and grace of God. These are just some of those stories. I find them very inspiring, and comforting, knowing God does hear our prayers and cries to Him in desperate situations, and sometimes, just ordinary situations. For me, this book really helped with feelings of being alone and afraid. I do live by faith, but this book shows us that we are not alone. God is closer than we can imagine and is always working all things for our good behind the scenes. I'll bet I've even seen and met an Angel unaware and didn't realize it. The book is esay reading, smooth flowing. There are short bios of the contributors in the back of the book that gives further information about their lives. Very enjoyable, uplifting read.
My review begins with the disclaimer that I don't usually enjoy short stories because I find that there's very little emotional or intellectual connection as there's very rarely enough communicated on the part of the storyteller to create a sense of relationship with the recipient. I chose to read and review this book because the subject interests me, but keep in mind that my bias against this genre undoubtedly shades my view of this book, which is a compilation of short stories depicting miracles and "heavenly encounters" (i.e., experiences for which there are no plausible, natural explanations). The goal of this book is to encourage others of faith (or perhaps nudge those who are not believers) by parting the curtain, if you will, for a glimpse of the supernatural here on earth. The skeptic is sure to remain skeptical, and the believer will likely be reminded of times in his life when he sensed that God was very clearly at work.
This book would be well placed in a waiting room, or somewhere similar, where someone could pick it up and read a story in a few minutes and then go on their way. People who enjoy a book you can easily put down and come back to a month later (part-time readers) this one's for you. This is not a compilation that will offer deep, reflective reading. Think of it like fast-food, not a sit-down dinner.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Stories of Heavenly encounters, interventions and miracle
September 7, 2014
Those who have read and enjoyed James Stuart Bells book Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Events will be pleased with this book. This compilation includes a wide variety of Heavenly interventions and occurrences that can only be called miracles.
Each chapter is a narrative written by the individual who experienced the miraculous event or as told to another writer. Miraculous events take place under every kind of circumstance, to all kinds of people and all over the world. As in the previous book, there are a few incidences of demonic possession included. Some readers will find these sections uncomfortable.
Perhaps the outstanding take away thought from this book is the statement that God does not perform miracles because we deserve it or because we are good; He does it because He is good. These stories of His loving mercy toward ordinary people are proof that any child of God can be healed, helped and delivered from evil.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House for the purpose of review. I recommend it for adult readers, but would use caution allowing young teens to read it.
I just finished reading Heaven Touching Earth by James Stuart Bell, I absolutely LOVED it! It is filled with true stories of miracles. Basically each chapter is a testimony by a different person who has experienced a miracle, angels helping out, or some type of Heavenly encounter that can not otherwise be explained. A car that drives itself, an Angel that prevents a wreck, and pulls another out of a wreck, prays for a married couple who are having problems. A woman who was expected to die from uterine cancer but goes on to have three more children! These are just some of the stories that you will read about. Forty-three different accounts of miracles, Angels,and/or Heavenly encounters! I tremendously enjoy hearing or reading testimonies of God still working miracles today. Some people may find it hard to believe all the different stories that the author and others have shared, but I know that such things do still happen.
I have had experiences of my own with miracles or things that others would have a hard time believing. So yes I am believer! Jesus is still performing miracles today and God is sending his Angels to help out where needed.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to hear (read) testimonies of miracles and Angels. Or anyone who is curious about these things. Would also make a great gift.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.