I must confess something. As a Christian, I was embarrassed by the supernatural. What I mean is I discounted God's intervention in our everyday lives. It was reflected in my prayer life and my thought life. Now I believed God still performed miracles, but I assumed that when I prayed about an issue, that God would give me an answer that was the equivalent of gathering Manna while discounting how the Manna got there in the first place. I thought answers came in making the right decision or what amounted to God's providence. It never really entered my mind to pray earnestly for a Miracle.
Then, I got a copy of Lee Strobel's new book, The Case For Miracles. This is one of Lee's best books to date. This book challenged me in ways I never saw coming. Interviewing people from all belief spectrum's like skeptic Michael Shermer or theologian Craig Keener, Lee craftily takes you on a journey showing that not only are miracles possible, but they are happening all over the world and with more frequency than we every imagined. Lee tells a story about a pastor named Duane Miller. Duane had lost the use of his voice after a bout with the flu. But the flu had left his vocal cords so scarred, he could only speak with a rasp. He resigned his pastorate and then lost his new job due to his inability to testify in open court.
Duane's case was medically hopeless. Even a college of Swiss Doctor's saw no hope of recovery. One day, Duane's Sunday School class asked him to preach to them - even with his raspy voice. They always recorded their Sunday School lessons and this day was no different. After reading from the Psalms, Duane suddenly regained his voice! You can hear the sounds of joy and the weeping of Duane's wife as he struggled to grasp what had happened. I remember hearing this 20 years ago and this story still moved me. But Duane's miraculous story is but one of many Lee relates. Lee also speaks about what happens when miracles do not occur. The book does not shy away from objections to the miraculous and the supernatural, but takes them head on to see if they have merit.
This book is challenging to the modern, American Christian and will renew your awe and wonder of the awesome and mighty God we serve.
This book is a must read.