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Miracles and Other Reasonable Things

A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God
Written by: Sarah Bessey
Narrated by: Erin Moon
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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“This book - the fullness, depth, and beauty of Sarah Bessey’s faith and artistic genius - is a miracle” (Glennon Doyle, number one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling author). 

©2019 Sarah Bessey (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Meandering and Worth a Listen

Sarah is a very relatable person and a lot of her personality comes out in this. The narrative is meandering and possibly loses itself here and there; nonetheless it is worth the read/listen. Most redeeming, after the releif you'll feel from her openness and embodied Grace, is of course her repeated mentions of drinking tea. We tea drinkers have to stick together.

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Allowed me to think about faith in Jesus again.

This book brought so many tears to my eyes as Sarah ripped my heart open with her stunning and Terrific words. Her stories and the way she told them allowed me to think about prayer again. About loving Jesus with all of me again. About faith and life. It’s beautiful and contemplative. Profound and soul stirring. Thank you for your words Sarah.

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Beautiful

This book is beautiful. It’s for those of us who no longer believe in a miraculous cure, but who still long for healing. Gentle and kind, Sarah gives us hope.

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  • 2019-10-18

Story of hope and healing

breathtaking. My cynical heart broke open. It is a combination of theology and storytelling with a splash of preaching , but mostly it's like sitting with a friend on the edge of your seat hearing where they've been after a long separation.

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  • Tammie M. Pope
  • 2020-08-28

Truly a beautiful experience

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about faith and how it is woven into our lives whether we are on the hilltop or in the valley. It is beautifully written and I hated for it to end. It is truly a gift.

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  • Jill
  • 2020-07-08

Good for a season of despair.

This is my first book by Sarah. I'm not sure what I expected. Sarah's emotions can be felt all throughout this book. Her love for God and people are present. I'm not sure that I had any "WOW" moments but maybe they will come later when something makes me think of the book and I realize the God moment taking place before me. It could also be that I'm not in the same season as she is while she writes this book. If you are in a season of despair this book is likely just what you will want to hear.

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  • jeff snively
  • 2020-04-23

a book of healing and great insight

I could not put this down. this is actually written with a female audience in mind but I still loved it. made me think alot

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  • Tree Hopper
  • 2020-02-16

We are all connected.

Her personal story and thoughts often rang true and helped me remember my own times of wonder, love and feeling held by the Divine.

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  • james rose
  • 2020-02-03

Beautifully Written

I loved this book! Would highly recommend this book and now ANYTHING by Sarah Bessey. Next time Sarah, please narrate it yourself so we can hear your voice! (Erin did a great job but it would be nice to hear you speak your own story)

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  • Emem-Obong
  • 2020-02-03

Loved it

Loved it and will I'm definitely reading it again.. Reminds me that God can show himself in different ways. Don't put God in a box

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  • 2020-01-24

Amazing!!

Loved it! I can't breathe for the tears and the aww of insight!!! Thank You

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  • Amy Bell
  • 2019-12-05

An unexpected miracle

I hadn't been paying attention to what Sarah Bessey was writing next. I knew a book was coming out but I didn't know it's focus. But the book released and I bought the audio and it is just what I need to listen to right now. I'll probably listen to several chapters again.

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  • Yvonne duncan
  • 2019-12-02

Beautiful , Full of Substance

Sarah shares her experiences with us in a way that is so relatable and yet eye-opening. Her stories are grounded with realism and spiritualism at the same time. The end came too soon and I look forward to re-reading this one.