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Good things do happen to good people! These 101 true stories of amazing coincidences, answered prayers, awesome charity and love show miracles and good happen every day, giving hope whenever you need it most. You will be amazed and uplifted as you read these stories about powerful hope, wondrous connections, divine intervention and answered prayers. Great for everyone — religious and not — who seeks enlightenment and inspiration through a good story.

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Five Ways to Experience Everyday Hope and Miracles
Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles by Amy Newmark and Natasha Stoynoff

Sometimes we need a reminder that good things can happen, that tough times will pass, and that miracles are all around us if we are open to them. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles introduces you to 101 ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences. Their real-life examples of strength, faith, and divine intervention will give you new energy to hold onto hope and pray for miracles. Here are five tips for finding hope and recognizing the miracles in your own life.

  1. Remember that, with hard work, miracles are possible. After a painful fall and surgery to repair three fractured vertebrae, doctors told 89-year-old Beulah Dobson that she would never walk again. That wasn't going to work for Beulah. "I knew God could heal my body. But I realized that I also had to do my part," With faith, prayer, and determination, she decided she was going to walk, no matter what her doctors or family said. "They prayed for me, mostly that I would accept life in a wheelchair." She made her personal motto "Everything is possible for one who believes" (Mark 9:23, NIV). Two years later, Beulah is walking, proving that sometimes hope really is the best medicine.

  2. Your life has value and purpose, no matter what you think. Christy Caballero wasn't sure exactly what she was going to do when she drove out to the beach on a cold and dreary day. But she wasn't feeling like life was worth living. The jetty looked the way she felt, so isolated and lonely. But Christy wasn't the only one looking for relief in that secluded spot. The appearance of a cold, hungry, injured dog suddenly made Christy understand what was really important. "I wasn't going to share my darkness, and it looked like too many people had already snubbed this wayfarer." The dog climbed into her car and went home with her. She decided to call him Hope, and that's exactly what he brought into her life. "The truth is, he rescued me as much as I rescued him," she says.

  3. The silver lining is often there if you look for it. It already looked like a miracle when Jeff Davidson, a man who had hardly ever taken a sick day, emerged from a terrible car accident with only minor scratches. His daughter tells the story. "When the EMTs arrived my dad was already trying to work his way out through the car's shattered sunroof." Little did the family know that that was just the first miracle of the day. After strong words from his stubborn wife, the local hospital's ER staff agreed to take some scans. "What the X-rays showed…was the grapefruit-sized tumor that had been growing unnoticed in my father's chest." And it wasn't just big; it was life threatening. Only a few more months of growth and the tumor would have been inoperable, but they found it just in time. "If it weren't for that crash, my father would be gone by now."

  4. Listen to that little voice in your head. James Gemmell had just started a new job as an electrician when he refused to follow his supervisor's orders. They were about to run a standard maintenance test on some high-voltage electrical controllers when James heard a little voice in his head demanding confirmation that the power was off. James insisted on an extra safety test, even though it meant waiting for a piece of equipment to be brought from far away. His boss and coworkers were getting angrier with every passing minute. But the little voice was right. When they touched the test equipment to the supposedly turned off electrical supply, "it lit up like a Christmas tree." That little voice had saved their lives. James hasn't heard it since, but "if it ever does pipe up, it will have my full attention."

  5. Pay attention to your dreams. Kathy McGovern had heard of prophetic dreams. She had even known people who had had them. "My friend Gloria had had a troubling dream about riding on a horse that, in the middle of a jump, laid down and died. Get to the doctor today, advised her friend," who turned out to be absolutely right. Soon after, Gloria was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. So when Kathy started dreaming about a bobcat she consulted those same friends, who told her that cats are symbolic of female energy and to pay attention. A few months later Kathy found herself on the porch of a cabin in the woods, hearing a rustling in the bushes. It was just like her dream about the bobcat. And that's when she knew. She went to the doctor, who found an ovarian tumor. He said it had started growing about ten months earlier, right when the dreams began. After ten years in remission, Kathy still thinks about that time with wonder and gratitude.

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