Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review: Miraculous

I've got a new Booksneeze review for you guys today. The book was called Miraculous: A Fascinating History of Signs, Wonders and Miracles by Kevin Belmonte.

I was very intrigued by the title and description of this book. There are miracles all around us and so many people miss them because they're looking for big things of grandeur. However, miracles come in all shapes and sizes. And the best thing about miracles is that they point the way to God. Since all miracles are given to us by God if we take notice of them than we can't help but take notice of God. This book gives a detailed account of miracles and wondrous things that have taken place throughout the whole of history.

I want to preface my review of this book by saying that I rarely read Non-Fiction books unless it is for a Bible study or book club. I much prefer Fiction; something that I can get lost in. And as such this was my first Non-Fiction book chosen to review for Booksneeze. Like I said above, I was excited to read it because the premise behind it sounded great! I love miracles and I love finding all the little signs and wonders in the everyday to point me to God. However, I just could not get into this book. I tried and read several chapters but it just wasn't my cup of tea so to say. It wasn't necessarily that Kevin's writing was dull, it was just very textbook like. There was a lot of research done for this book, as there should have been, and I felt like I was in a classroom. And not that there's anything wrong with learning, I love to learn, but I feel like I would have much preferred to hear this book than read it. Does that make sense? The chapters themselves weren't that long and each chapter was devoted to a different sort of miracle in history broken in to two sections. The first section was all about Miracles in the Ancient World starting with Genesis and the miracle of Creation. It then went on to talk about other miraculous events throughout the Bible. The second section consisted of stories about Miracles in the Lives of God's People and described different miraculous events in the lives of various people which included, St. Augustine, Martin Luther and George Washington.

In conclusion, I'm not going to not recommend this book because I think it could be a very great book for someone looking for a scholarly or historical read. This book just wasn't for me. Kevin Belmonte had lots of great research and included lots of wonderful examples and excerpts to support his findings and I am very impressed with the work he did, I just only wish I could hear and see him deliver this information instead of read it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines.

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