3 out of 5 Stars
Author: Kevin Belmonte
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Reading Level: Easy
My main disappointment lies in the title Miraculous: A Fascinating History of Signs, Wonders, and Miracles. I was hoping for a robust discovery and detailed analysis of miracles throughout church history.
Belmonte begins at the beginning of time with God in creation and ends in our current history. But was was lacking through out was the truly miraculous. We get Augustine hearing a voice telling him to read the word (pp. 120-122) and also Julian of Norwich who thought she had “revelations” from God. After describing her revelation, Belmonte urges, “Notwithstanding these unorthodox elements, and they[her “revelations”] are not to be lightly dismissed . . . ” (p. 130). Should we ignore the unorthodox elements of quacks who say they’ve heard from God directly? I think not. Their orthodoxy is quite important in determining the validity of their claim.
You have mention of Jonathan Edwards’s defense the fanatics during the Great Awakening without much about his development of thought as he grew older. Or George Washington “miraculously” surviving a battle where two horses were shot out from under him and four bullets went through his coat (pp. 184-85).
Cool stories but not miraculous in the biblical sense. If you want to read some amazing stories about God working in people’s lives still a good book.