Eric Metaxas quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading his seminal biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I then moved onto Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness.
So when Audible told me about his book, Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life, I simply had to download it.
The book asks the questions: what are miracles? Why do so many people believe in them? And then he offers examples of miracles throughout history.
Initially I felt that this might be too “spiritual” for me and something I would see a televangelist spouting about, but I had to give it a listen because this was someone whose works I respected. I am glad I did. This book brought me closer to God. There were times I was on the train actually crying in response to what I was listening to, not because it was sad but because it was beautiful — God loves His creation and gives us miracles to point us back to him.
As Metaxas says,
That’s the point of miracles—to point us beyond our world to another world. They are clues that that other world is not in our imaginations but is actually out there, wherever “out there” actually is. Peggy Noonan once wrote that she thought miracles existed “in part as gifts and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see.” If miracles exist at all, they exist not for their own sake but for us, to point us toward something beyond. To someone beyond.”
It’s one of those great books to listen to, especially when you’re commuting, because it leaves you in awe of the world around you. No longer is your commute mundane because instead you’re seeing God moving in this world and you can’t help but be changed by that.