Monday, June 14, 2010

"Seven Miracles That Saved America"

I like to inform you on what books I am reading, and I tend to like the books I choose to read, but I don't think I have read a non-fiction book recently that I have found as thought provoking and enjoyable as Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart. It is not often that I read books that increase my love and respect for America, and for all the people that have sacrificed much in their lives so that America could be a land of freedom and liberty for all. At least not to the extent this book did.

The book is split up into 8 chapters plus an introduction. 7 of those chapters are about an individual miracle and the 8th is the conclusion. The introduction was my least favorite part of the book but of the 8 chapters I could not tell you which one was my favorite because they were all so good. Even the conclusion. Some of the miracles discussed are Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the New World, the Consitution, Abraham Lincoln and the Battle of Gettysburg, The Miracle at Midway, and Ronald Reagan. The chapter I new the least about was The Miracle at Midway and while it was hard to get through because it was all about a military battle, I was so excited about it upon finishing, I couldn't stop gushing about it to my husand.

Some of these chapters, like Christopher Columbus and Ronald Reagan, are about people that are still much debated about and while they take a pro stance for both, I do not think I would consider this a conservative nor a political book. In fact, I view it as mostly just a book that ties history and religion together. If you love God, have even the slightest belief that he had a hand in the building and protection of the USA, and if you love history, you will like this book. 

I might quote or talk about this book a bit more in the next few weeks but for now let me end with one of my favorite parts of the book (I have soo many) :

In the closing chapter he talks about how unrighteous many of us feel our country is becoming and then proceeds to talk about a parable in Genisis where God would save a town from distruction if there were but 10 righteous people and God said he would. After, that the author writes:
Surely there's a lesson for us here. Maybe we have reached the point where we, as an entire people, are no longer worthy of God's blessings...
But, in a sense, it may not matter quite as much as we think, for God has shown his willingness to save an entire people for the sake of the righteous, even if they are but a few.
If that is true, maybe we need not worry so much about our country and our people and whether our society has become too wicked, for surely there are a few wicked among us. Instead, maybe we need to concentrate on our own lives, our own goodness, our own families. Are we one of the fifty? One of the ten? Are we, those of us who still believe, living our lives in such a way that we could convince God to save our nation if only for the few?

1 comment:

  1. I've been wanting to read this one. We've been discussing this in my family/extended family for some time - the US needing to rely more on God. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely check it out.