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Book Review | The Book of Amazing Stories

The Book of Amazing Stories
90 Devotions on Seeing God's Hand in Unlikely Places
Robert Petterson

Tyndale | October 3rd, 2017
Devotionals, Historical People, Mini Biographies

You may have thought you knew the lives of famous people--such as Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Hughes, Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan, Susana Wesley, and many more. But, in The Book of Amazing Stories, you'll know so much more about Ronnie's faithful church-going single mom and William's early days as a humble shoemaker's apprentice. You'll marvel at how God used the lives of these ordinary people to change the course of human history.

Life makes the strangest sharp turns and, sometimes, U-turns. Robert Petterson--popular speaker, storyteller, and author--has been a student for his entire life of what God is teaching us through those real-life U-turns. In this book, he compiles 90 amazing stories that teach lessons you won't easily forget.

Each devotional ends with a compelling and hopeful take-away--a thought about what the story reveals about life and God.

Be amazed. Be encouraged. Learn the lessons God is teaching through people's lives.

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            This book is amazing.  I learned so much about people who founded the United States of America, others who made a huge impact on cultures, and others whose mistakes we can learn from.  

            Each day features a story about some person in our world history, with facts you may or may not have known about them or their families.  It ends with an inspirational quote or moral to each story, as well as a Bible verse which relates perfectly to each tale and circumstances.  

          Did you know that President Ronald Reagan's mother was a diminutive washerwoman who worked herself to the bone every day to nurture her two sons, and still found time and energy to serve hot food to prisoners in the jailhouse?  Or that a little mousy girl named Agnes, who felt called by God to be a missionary after her mother exhausted herself in finding a husband for her, would eventually become one of the most admired women in the world: Mother Teresa?  Or what about a selfish, embittered general whose name would go down in America's history as synonymous with the word traitor -- Benedict Arnold, George Washington's favorite general?

          And so much more!  If you enjoy history and the people who have made or destroyed it, then you will love this devotional.  Read a chapter a day for 90 days, or as a normal book!  Not all of the stories here are filled with happy endings.  But that is the point of history, right?  To learn from the mistakes and to find hope and faith amidst the losses and the victories as well.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.


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