Ok, I admit, I often shy away from stories of supernatural intervention because they can sound a bit smug. After all, for every person who has a story of divine intervention, there is someone with a tragedy where there wasn’t any kind of apparent rescue waiting in the wings. It was refreshing to read “Real Life, Real Miracles” by James L. Garlow and Keith Wall. “Real Life” is packed with inspirational stories of rescues, both spiritual and physical, some near-death experiences and a few stories that are simply touching. For instance, “Diamond in the Rough” tells the story of a young woman whose wedding diamond was lost in a motorcycle crash and later restored to her. There are not a lot of fireworks in the story but it inspires nonetheless.
The general tone of the stories doesn’t lean towards the preachy but simply reflects the stories of real people who experienced something unusual and unexplained in their life. It’s a lovely read and a great affirmation that when God chooses to act, He isn’t limited to burning bushes or parting the waters. Sometimes a miracle is in the eye of the recipient and comes right in the middle of everyday life. Of course, there are also some very dramatic stories included, too, but I loved the gentleness of this book. There’s no hammering you over the head with theology, just a recounting of the experiences of a few people who have been blessed by divine intervention who, in turn, blessed us by sharing their stories.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House for this review. My opinions, however, are entirely my own!