Jul 5, 2016

"Walking Miracle" review

Yesterday was the 4tof July!  How did you celebrate?  As one photo said, "Happy treason day, you ungrateful colonials."  ;)  Aaaanyway, after all of that excitement with fireworks/performances/races etc. maybe you just need to sit down a read a book review?  Right?  ;)  If that's you, here's another book review from the International Adventures series!

Knowing that the Holy Spirit is actively involved in the lives of believers today, just as he was two thousand years ago, missionaries Art and Ellen Sanborn arrived on the Asian mission field confident in the power of Jesus-even when surrounded by danger and uncertainty. Years later, after serving in Southeast Asia and beyond, Art would rely on the truth of Jesus' power in a new way when doctors told him that he might never walk again. Though he had broken his neck and partially severed his spinal cord in a freak surfing accident, Art did walk again. His epic journey-from the mission field to the miracle that put him back on his feet-speaks to a life of faith in every circumstance.

My Review:

I expected Walking Miracle to be a typical missionary story. I thought it would talk about what Art and Ellen have done in Asia, how they have overcome trials, etc. This book was so much better than I expected!! Art Sanborn shares his inspirational story of how he literally broke his neck. No one believed him when he told how he had held his breath underwater for more than a minute after his neck had snapped. The fact that he was alive was a miracle. But when he completely recovered his walking abilities and some feeling in his body, doctors didn't know what to say. It was impossible. God. Did. The. Impossible.

This biography of Art and his wife is amazing. Their missionary stories and adventures in Asia are astounding. God performed so many miracles. Every chapter was a new miracle that happened. It took my breath away thinking of how much God did for him - a regular person like you and me! Art also has a creative way of writing. He includes bits of humor in his story that made me laugh out loud. After many chapters, I just had to stop and share the hilarious stories with my little sisters.

This is one of my favorite missionary stories ever!!

About the Author:

Art Sanborn had a thriving career as an administrator for George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., until 1979, when he and his wife Ellen and three young children--Sean, Michelle, and David--gave away everything they had in order to dedicate their lives to the poor and needy. In the decades since, they have served with YWAM in Southeast Asia, where they helped to plant 12 churches, led over sixty outreach teams, and directed 25 missionary training programs. Art and Ellen are currently pioneering a church and YWAM training center in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. Art is also a frequent lecturer at universities, churches, and conferences around the world.

Have you read Walking Miracle or any other pieces about miraculous events that could only be explained by God's supernatural power?  How did you celebrate the 4th of July?  Comment below!


  1. That sounds like an amazing book, Hosanna! I'll have to read it sometime. =)

    1. =) I hope you can Hannah! It helped me see that miracles are real things that DO happen to regular people. =) And then this week with some other things that have been going on...I have seen miracles in my own life! It's so awesome! ;)

  2. This sounds like a really good book! I have read several missionary stories that were simply miraculous, but not this one. I'll have to find it. ;) Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you can find this one, Emily! Sometimes we think without realizing it that miracles only happen to extraordinary people...but they can happen to normal people like us!!! =D Praise God!!

  3. Ooooh, Hosanna!!! Your book review was AMAZING, and now I really want to read this book!! Isn't it amazing when God does the impossible?!
    Have you ever read 'Heaven is for Real'? It's a story about a little boy whose appendix burst, and everyone thought he was going to die. But he miraculously recovered! The book details the little boy telling about his journey to heaven and back. It was a REALLY good book!!
    We watched our neighbor's firework show the night before the Fourth-of-July, which I got half a gazillion pictures of. :D And then we went to a parade on the Fourth-of-July, and handed out free passes to Skatedaze, which was REALLLLLY fun and I want to do it again next year!!! :D Then that night we ate candy and ice cream before going out to watch the rest of the neighbors light off fireworks and just hang out outside. How was your Fourth-of-July?
    I loved reading your review,Hosanna!!

    1. God IS amazing, Ariel!! =) I hope to share some miracles that He has performed recently in my own life!!

      I've heard about Heaven is For Real! I think some of my friends loved it too. =) Have you watched the movie? Is it good? I would love to see it!

      Wow! Your 4th of July sounded amazing! ;) We don't do much for it...my brothers won a kayaking race together, my sister performed in a singing/acting performance of a Lion King song, and in the evening we watched fireworks that our town hosts. =) Even in a little town, it was quite fun! (and they had one good firework in the shape of a heart!) ;)

      We have participated in a Christmas parade once!! We passed out free Jesus DVDs! It was REALLY fun! Other years, we made hot chocolate for the observers to drink while watching and also gave out Gospel tracts. =) It wasn't scary at all - very fun actually!!

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, Ariel! And don't worry about your long comments! I enjoy them so much. ;)

  4. Woah. That got really long. *sheepish grin*


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