The particular phrase divine intervention , often implying the direction of God to prevent or stop some calamity, is well-established in religious literature by the beginning of the s. By the early 20th century, divine intervention entered into secular discourse to describe any event that appeared to have been guided by a greater force, especially for troubled events that suddenly, as if miraculously, turn out well.
The phrase has become familiar enough to inspire various popular media titles. Musical artists from Slayer to the Backstreet Boys have used it as titles, for instance, as has Palestinian director Elia Suleiman for his film and Bette Midler for her tour. Religious people may also invoke divine intervention to explain some outcome in their life. The phrase is often used in hyperbole, characterizing something so improbable it would take a figurative act of God to happen e.
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Retrieved June 30, from www. Mathematicians have now developed a mathematical method of doing just that -- and it might not be quite as personal as we Overtime also affects personal levels of happiness -- but in a The stories are told by people from every walk of life — all celebrating that breakthrough moment when they received dramatic confirmation of the existence of a Divine Power.
The result is pure inspiration: a compilation of extraordinary experiences that have renewed spirits and affirmed faiths. A stranger approached him, put her hand on his shoulder, and asked if she could pray for him. His life changed in that instant.
He describes how a warm feeling quickly spread throughout his body and a sense of calm fell over him. From that moment on, he felt a continuous sense of comfort and all his worries slipped away. In Maine, a young mother describes the chilling moment she realized that she and her children were going to die.
She was driving down a country road when two drag racers came over a hill directly in front of her, taking both lanes. In "God Stories ," she tells how God intervened and saved her life.
Shirley Blake describes a brutal rape as her epiphany. She was fifty-nine years old.
In this book you find out why, today, she says the experience was enlightening. I realized the significance of this project when I started collecting stories. My goal was to be interviewed by the media in hopes that the publicity would direct people to my website, where they could submit their stories.
At the beginning of this process, I was interviewed by a newspaper editor in his office. When he wrapped up his questions, I asked him if he had a story. He did, and as he told it, he cried. And then, as I listened, I realized how privileged I was that he was sharing his story with me. Little did I know that this profound experience would be repeated every day from then on.
As the sun rose each morning, I found myself hopping out of bed and rushing to my computer to read the incoming stories. Some brought me to tears. Others simply surprised me, like the one my husband unexpectedly shared about the scar on his forehead. When I began the search for stories, I said I was looking for one thing: the moment a person received personal proof that God or a Divine Power exists.
People of many religions, cultures, and races responded. The stories they provided are true to them.
There will be skepticism in response to this book, and I think it makes for a healthy dialogue. I started the collection process by setting up a website, www. I then worked with the media to direct people there. At GodStories.
Edit Details Official Sites: official facebook site. ScienceDaily shares links with scholarly publications in the TrendMD network and earns revenue from third-party advertisers, where indicated. In this book you find out why, today, she says the experience was enlightening. Edit Cast Credited cast: Jenny Babas Thousands of years later, in Morrowind , she aided the Nerevarine in fulfilling that prophecy and bringing down the Tribunal once and for all. Chief Editor Marc Isaacs
Those who were not willing to verify their credibility by using their own names were not considered for publication. If I thought the story was right for the book, I contacted the person and often began a series of interviews via e-mail and over the phone. I was not always able to conduct in-person interviews, because the stories came in from all over the world. After the interviews, some stories were no longer considered, for various reasons.
Surprisingly, as the stories came in, similar themes emerged. These themes became chapters, and the book you are holding took shape.
I suspect your life will be changed by reading this book just as mine was after hearing these stories. I have been left with a sense of amazement and optimism as well as an abiding belief in something I once questioned.
I still believed in God and prayed on my own but was often skeptical that he was listening. His message on one special day wiped away all doubt. Our home was the first to burn in what is known as the Firestorm of — the second-largest wildfire in U.