Miracles Are All Around If We Open Our Eyes

A new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection contains 101 stories of miracles and the unexplainable

COS COB, Conn. – Brenda Lane had no money to buy wood for the fireplace that was her family’s only source of heat in their little cottage. Minutes after she prayed for help, however, a boy knocked on her door offering free firewood. J. Ross Archer, whose wife Joan was paralyzed and could not speak due to Parkinson’s, watched in amazement as she raised her arms and then talked to him for 25 minutes, reviewing their life together, right before she passed. And Kim Diaz got the phone call no parent wants, from her teenage daughter who’d been in a car accident. When Kim got to the scene, she found her daughter completely pinned behind the dashboard and unable to reach her cell phone, which was lying on the floor covered with white dust from the airbag. When asked how she could have possibly used her phone, she said that her late grandfather had come and helped her.

These are three of the 101 true stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and the Unexplainable (September 13, 2022, 978-1-611590944, $14.95). This new collection from the world’s favorite storyteller proves that miracles happen every day to people from all walks of life. From answered prayers like Brenda’s, to medical miracles like Joan’s, to angelic intervention like Kim’s daughter’s, to mysteriously prophetic dreams, divine intervention, amazing coincidences and messages from heaven, these stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences show that good things do happen to good people.

Lisa McCaskill, for example, fell in love with a painting in the student union when she was in college. After that she did all her studying on a couch in view of that painting. Five years later she was set up on a blind date with a man who had two young children, not something she’d contemplated at her age. But upon entering his home, what did she see but “her” painting! He was the painter, and after having fallen in love with his painting five years earlier, she fell in love with the painter himself and they’ve been married more than 30 years now.

Richard Whitaker, a police officer, was driving home when his VW Bug was broadsided by a large Cadillac that had run a red light. He says, “The force was beyond description, but with the impact, I felt something else. There was tremendous pressure being exerted on either side of my neck as if large and powerful hands were gripping my shoulders.” Richard ended up being transported 125 feet in the air over four lanes of traffic and deposited on the sidewalk where he lay, apparently dead, for 15 minutes. He could see himself from above. Then he reentered his body, opened his eyes to the gasps of the crowd around him, stood up and walked to his car on the other side of the road to retrieve his service revolver.

It just goes to show that miracles—large and small—are all around us. We only need to open our eyes and accept them. As Chicken Soup for the Soul says, they are “changing lives one story at a time”® with these personal glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in unexplainable situations, their lives forever changed by a miracle.


Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” is known worldwide and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 29 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month. It has also evolved beyond the bookstore, with a podcast, education programs, dog and cat food, licensed products, and video, television and movies through its subsidiary, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.


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