Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 13, 2020 - Religion - 240 pages
“This book—the fullness, depth, and beauty of Sarah Bessey’s faith and artistic genius—is a miracle” (Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior) and an unforgettable and life-affirming exploration of how trauma can strengthen your faith and miracles can be found in unexpected places.

In the brief instant Sarah Bessey realized that her minivan was, inevitably, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, clear day of the crash, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, preacher, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, she found that the most unexpected result was how it shook her deeply rooted faith, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.

Weaving together theology and memoir, Sarah delivers “a well-written reminder of seeing the miracles in life’s highs and lows” (Library Journal). The road of healing leads to Rome where she met the Pope (it’s complicated) and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected. She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things.

Insightful, profound, and unexpected, “Sarah’s writing is so breathtaking, sometimes you think you are reading poetry. The story is so thrilling, sometimes you think you are devouring a novel. And the Spirit she describes is so compelling, you’ll swear you experienced a revival. You won’t put it down once until you close the last page” (Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author).
 

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I found Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey highly interesting. It held my attention throughout, despite having some portions that felt jumbled to me. I loved the author’s honesty as ... Read full review

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

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“I will learn what it is to be an ordinary miracle,” Bessey (Out of Sorts) declares as her goal in this intimate, contemplative investigation of how she rediscovered God in her daily life. By sharing ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Shauna Niequist
1
PART I
9
Dangerous Women
27
The First Miracle
37
The Blessing of Rock Bottom
49
PART II
61
The Misfit of Rome
81
The Pope and Me
89
Learning to Pray Again
139
Loving a Broken Miracle
151
She Has the Whole World in Her Hands
167
Broken Flowers
177
Shalom and Sandstone
185
Once and Then
205
Acknowledgments
215
In Memoriam
221

Miracles in Rome
109
PART III
125

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About the author (2020)

Sarah Bessey is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed books, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, Jesus Feminist, and Miracles and Other Reasonable Things. She is a sought-after speaker at churches, conferences, and universities all around the world. Sarah is also the cocurator and cohost of the annual Evolving Faith Conference and she serves as President of the Board for Heartline Ministries in Haiti. Sarah lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, with her husband and their four children.

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