Do You Believe in Miracles? A Book List

“Do You Believe in Miracles?”

By a soul

Thirteen years ago when I returned to the Catholic faith, I read a lot of books. And many of these books were to convince me of the supernatural reality that exists all-around us.

This search for evidence of the supernatural was important to me, because I was coming from an atheistic/agnostic background. The theory of evolution really hurt me and my relationship with God when I encountered it in public schools.

And so, I want to share in a posting some of the books I read, as I think followers of the blog, MaryRefugeOfHolyLove, would enjoy reading them.

I was blessed and I want to share these blessings with others to continue the grace.

Here is a short list:

Book Cover - Raised from the Dead

“Raised from the Dead: True Stories of 400 Resurrection Miracles”
Author: Fr. Alfred J. Hebert

Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Tan Books & Publishing
Publication Date: Revised Edition (June 1986)

ISBN-10: 0895557983
ISBN-13: 978-0895557988

Description: Stories from the lives of St. Francis Xavier, St. Patrick, St. John Bosco, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Rose of Lima, Bl. Margaret of Castello, etc. Includes the raising of persons who had died, descriptions of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory by temporarily dead persons and an analysis of contemporary “after death” experiences. Many pictures of the saints and their miracles. Fascinating.

Book Cover - Mysteries, Marvels and Miracles

“Mysteries, Marvels and Miracles: In the Lives of the Saints”
Author: Joan Carroll Cruz

Paperback: 597 pages
Publisher: TAN Books & Publishing
Publication Date: Reprint edition (February 1, 1997)

ISBN-10: 0895555417
ISBN-13: 978-0895555410

Description: Includes hundreds of true stories of miraculous phenomena in the lives of the Saints: bilocation, levitation, multiplication of food, etc. Fascinating, hard to put down, and helpful to strengthen one’s faith. This world CANNOT be all there is — and this book helps to make that truth more REAL to each one of us!

Book Cover - The Incorruptibles

“The Incorruptibles: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Catholic Saints and Beati”
Author: Joan Carroll Cruz

Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: TAN Books & Publishing
Publication Date: Illustrated edition (1977)

ISBN-10: 0895550660
ISBN-13: 978-0895550668

Description: Continuously popular since it first appeared in 1977, The Incorruptibles remains the acknowledged classic on the bodies of saints that did not undergo decomposition after death. Many remained fresh and flexible for years, or even centuries. After explaining both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the incorruption of the saints’ bodies fits neither category but rather constitutes a much greater phenomenon that is unexplained by modern science to this day. The author presents 102 canonized saints, beati, and venerables, summarizing their lives, the discovery of their incorruption, and investigations by Church and medical authorities.

The incorruptible bodies of saints are a consoling sign of Christ s victory over death, a confirmation of the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body, a sign that the Saints are still with us in the Mystical Body of Christ, and proof of the truth of the Catholic Faith—for only in the Catholic Church do we find this phenomenon.

Book Cover - The Power of Miracles

“The Power of Miracles: True Stories of God’s Presence”
Author: Joan Wester Anderson

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2005

ISBN-10: 0829422137
ISBN-13: 978-0829422139

Description: Miracles are not simply occurrences found in the Bible or in the lives of the saints. They continually bless the lives of many people in our world today. As beloved author Joan Wester Anderson’s best-selling books so movingly testify, God’s touch is always but a heartbeat away.

Now, for the first time in paperback, Anderson brings together her most glorious and remarkable accounts—stories of mysterious rescues, celestial visions, unexpected healings, inexplicable protection, and many other signs and wonders: mysterious forces save a mountain climber lost in a blizzard; in God’s service an illiterate carpenter finds himself able to read; a band of angels frees a little girl from her violent father; an eloquent preacher, his vocal chords rendered useless by scar tissue, suddenly—in the presence of a large congregation—regains his full voice.

In The Power of Miracles, Anderson inspires readers to be conscious of God’s work in their everyday lives. These wonderful and true stories light up the pages, bringing comfort and renewed faith to everyone who reads them.

Book Cover - In the Arms of Angels

“In the Arms of Angels: True Stories of Heavenly Guardians”
Author: Joan Wester Anderson

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication Date: First American Edition (September 1, 2004)

ISBN-10: 0829420401
ISBN-13: 978-0829420401

Description:

I am going to send an angel in front of you,
to guard you on the way.
Exodus 23:20 NRSV

When Joan Wester Anderson wrote Where Angels Walk, millions of readers were captivated by her inspiring collection of true stories of angelic intervention. The book remained on the New York Times Best-Seller List for over a year.

In the Arms of Angels is Anderson’s newest collection of mysterious and heart-stirring stories of heavenly guardians. From the harrowing account of a World Trade Center survivor to a miraculous rescue during the first Gulf War, these powerful stories invite us to take another look at the “coincidences” in our lives—to open our eyes to the angels who walk beside us.

Book Cover - Small Miracles for the Jewish Faith

“Small Miracles For The Jewish Heart: Extraordinary Coincidences from Yesterday and Today”
Authors: Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication Date: October 1, 2002

ISBN-10: 1580625487
ISBN-13: 978-1580625487

Description: Each Small Miracles book is a collection of more than sixty heartwarming stories that recall remarkable coincidences that have changed people’s ordinary lives.

From an online review at Amazon.com
By ilonaz on July 28, 2012:

First of all, even if you are not Jewish you should still read this book. If you are doubting that G-d exists or are completely confident that G-d exists–Read This Book. It is full of great stories; stories of escaping death, of lives great coincidences and just things that one would call lucky while another would consider an obvious act of G-d.

The first story is about a matchmaker who dials the wrong number but ends up finding a man who is looking for a wife and while she is talking to him on the other line she reconnects with a woman who is also a widow and is looking for a husband. Five years later those two people were happily married.

The second story involves a Jewish family and the Holocaust. Families scraped by to buy their kids a ticket to the safe world, to the USA. This particular family scraped by and was able to buy one ticket and the oldest daughter was chosen to go first. The family planned to gradually afford to send everyone there but it was not to be. Ten years later the family was caught in the Nazi net and it was believed that every member of the family perished. The daughter that was in the USA was devastated but vowed that she would have a lot of kids and name them after the parents and siblings she lost. Unfortunately, she was not able to have biological kids and after contemplating it for a long time she asked if her husband would want to adopt. HE did and they contacted many agencies looking to adopt a baby. Most families want a baby [she wanted to be the only mother that the child would know] Babies are the fastest to be adopted so they could not find one available. The agency told them that there was an 8 year old girl that needed parents but after thinking about it the woman decided that she did not want to settle for an 8 year old. A year later they have still not found the baby and the woman started thinking about the girl. She had felt something with in her heart toward the girl but discounted it at the time. Now a year later she wondered if maybe G-d sent her a sign then and that she was supposed to adopt that child. Upon contacting the agency she found out that the girl was still available to be adopted but that they found her brother and that they promised to keep the kids together. The woman agreed. When she brought the kids home the brother was shyer while the girl walked around exploring the new home. When she got to the piano she saw a picture and asked why did the lady have her grandmother’s photo there. Of course the lady replied that it was her mother. The girl could not believe it and ran to her suitcase and brought out a picture. It showed her mother, who was also the lady’s sister. The lady dropped to her knees, realizing that she adopted her own sister’s kids. G-d’s way of reuniting the family.

There are stories about people surviving the Holocaust, about people coming out of nowhere and helping when someone is in a tight spot and disappearing into the ether. There are stories about people surviving 9/11 by sheer luck or with G-d’s help depending on how you want to look at it.

Trust me you have to read this.