Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope
“When the odds were stacked against us — and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed — did God intervene to save us?”
That question, posed by authors Chris and Ted Stewart, is the foundation for this remarkable book. And the examples they cite provide compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions. Skillfully weaving story vignettes with historical explanations, they examine seven instances that illustrate God's protecting care:
- The unlikely discovery of America by Christopher Columbus
- How (and why) desperate English colonists were able to survive the “starving time” at Jamestown
- The Battle of New York during the Revolutionary War
- The miraculous creation of the United States Constitution
- Abraham Lincoln's desperate prayer that turned the tide of the Civil War at Gettysburg
- How a series of extraordinary events changed the Battle of Midway during World War II
- The preservation of Ronald Reagan's life from an assassin's bullet, allowing him the time he needed to help extend freedom around the world
Never, at any of these critical junctures, was a positive outcome certain or even likely. Yet America prevailed. Why?
“No man is perfect,” write the authors. “And neither is any nation. Yet, despite our weakness, we are still, as Abraham Lincoln said, the best nation ever given to man. Despite our faults, this nation is still the last, best hope of earth.” In short, God still cares what happens here. This reassuring message is a bright light in a world that longs for such hope.
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By Clark, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book puts forth an interesting and compelling thesis, but it is weakened by the extensive use of fictionalized accounts which often of little basis in fact. And unfortunately, the fiction is poorly written fiction. A stronger focus on history and less on fiction would have made the argument much more persuasive and compelling. Though well researched, the book is weakened by jingoism and unnecessary drama - let the facts speak for themselves and they will tell the story!
By Sid, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Not only is this a great book, but my 12 year old son was so intrigued by the story of the Battle of Midway he used it for a school history project and went to District with it.
All of the seven stories shared are both informative, and inspiring.
Rumors are that Chris and Ted have another book in the same genre. I look forward to it.
I also hear that there is a group trying to get Chris Stewart to run for US Senate...
By Vickie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book and have used it to do a series of family home evenings with my children and grandchildren. It was also a great help in recently preparing a patriotic talk for sacrament meeting. I have recommended it to many people.
By Bob, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Got this book for my birthday. OK, I thought, the title sounds interesting. Then I started to read and I could not put it down. I finished it in 3 days! For me that was a miracle in itself.
This book is riveting in the way it presents seven events that shaped our country in ways that could have doomed America had they gone the other way. It is awe-inspiring to realize the love that God has for this country, and this book helps one see that fact clearly! Another review said this book together with "The 5000 Year Leap" makes a duo that every citizen should read. I agree. Read together they could lift us out of the current malaise the country is in.
By kelly, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This was a fantastic book. I have read many books lately about the importance of our country and it's founding, but this book is by far my favorite! The way the facts are presented is very inspiring. I think it should be required reading for all Americans. It would cause a groundswell of patriotism which our country is in desperate need of.
Combine it with "The Five Thousand Year Leap" and you have one of the best U.S. history courses available.
By Janice, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book and was disappointed to know that these facts were never taught to me in high school or college. Thank you for amazing insights into our history and the miracles that made us free.
By David, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book presents compelling information supporting the divine establishment and existence of the greatest country in the history of the world - America! One can argue that divine intervention had nothing to do with our success as a nation and a people, but where is the evidence that any other country in the history of the world has achieved the success achieved by America - without America's assistance - there are none! This country was established for a divine purpose regardless of what anyone some people may believe. Its continuation as a great and free nation and people will depend upon its worthiness to receive continued divine intervention to overcome political, economic, social, and geological problems such as the seven miracles described therein. No amount of ignorance or philosophical opinion(s) will prove otherwise. I highly recommended this book for every patriotic and grateful citizen. THIS IS A FIVE STAR BOOK
By Brent, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Monte needs to learn his history a little better. In his attempt to discredit the book, he mentions that the Constitution learned lessons from the French Revolution. Despite the Constitution being written and submitted a year before the French Revolution started.
By Monte, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The whole premise of this book hinges on what some one (in this case the authors) think is "miraculous." The supposition that these seven events are some how "divine" is nothing more that Mormon myth. Taking the events one by one, let's look:
1. Columbus' discovery of the Americas was inevitable once he set sail. Sailing west from Spain leaves no destination but the Americas. If not Columbus, it would have been some one eventually.
2. The Jamestown colony did fail. The first colonist all died. The second attempt was successful. But the colonization of the Americas was again inevitable once they were discovered.
3. Mostly this battle depends on your definition of miraculous.
4. The writing of the Constitution was the work of many committed, knowledgeable, and enlightened men. They were drawing heavily from the the French Revolution and various writes of the Enlightenment. Mostly, they were protecting their hard won freedoms.
5. What documented prayer are the authors referring to here?
6. The Battle of Midway was won by superior military intelligence and better battle strategies than "extraordinary events."
7. To credit Ronald Reagan's survival to anyone other than the Secret Service is to manufacture events out of pure nothingness. To credit him with the demise of the Soviet Union or the spread of Democracy around the world is to deny forty years of Soviet economic failure and the work and legacy of countless freedom fighters in many countries throughout the world. People like Nelson Mandela, Anware Sadat, David Ben Gurion, Mhata Ghandi, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy just to name a few.
So, save your money and your time. Buy factual book on history any learn what really happen, not some Mormon myth of historical events
By Roberta, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was stunned at how much we didn't learn in American History. I am grateful for how events came about to make possible the discovery & establishment of this country. It helped me to know and remember that the United States is indeed a great country and we didn't get that way by luck. Yes, we have much to improve but what we have is amazing. This country is a blessed country. Even with our adversities, problems of all kinds, and challenges gallore, we are still thriving, and can and will do better.
By Becca, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Good news! For those of us who's minds were elsewhere during American History class, we've been given a reprieve with this book! Seven Miracles that Saved America is full of those significant events and inspirational stories that we should not only be AWARE of, but value as American citizens.
It is a reminder to all of us, that those critical events in our U.S. history were not coincidence, but necessary for the survival of freedom as we know it.
God has had a hand in protecting this country from the beginning, read this book to find out how.
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
At a time in our history that feels harder and harder to slog through, this book brought me comfort and insight.
The information is critical to all citizens to know and understand and is told in a very simple and even handed manner. Information that seems to have been held captive unless the reader was earnestly seeking, was easily accessible and I already feel more intelligent.
Patriotism is not and should not be dead, and I surely appreciate the authors for being willing to step out of the herd and lead the way for a return to believing that America really is a miracle.