I don’t know when I’ve had such a difficult time writing about a book as I have with Regina Brett’s second book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible. Brett is the author of the bestseller God Never Blinks, a book I loved so much that I bought copies for all of:the libraries in our system, and donated them in Jim’s memory. Be the Miracle has a similar format, fifty chapters of essays, lessons in life. How do you summarize fifty chapters of lessons?
Regina Brett challenges readers to be the miracle in life, to be a change factor. It doesn’t matter if you make a large change or take a small step. A smile, a song can change someone’s day. Yes, the owner of the construction company could afford to donate a room for a child’s home. He could get a team together to build that home. But, he had to make the decision that he would make that change. Then there was the woman who insisted on taking a doll to Honduras in the midst of a medical emergency. She insisted that a child was waiting for that doll. The team that went to the country, lugging a large doll, thought it was just in the way as they prepared to help people after the hurricane that devastated the country. Instead, they found a little girl who dreamt a stranger would bring her a doll.
Brett is a cancer survivor, so many of her essays deal with cancer, people who lived life to the fullest even with a fatal diagnosis. She tells the story of The Gathering Place, one woman’s dream for a place in Cleveland where families and patients could find rest and a place of instruction and peace. She provides advice from cancer survivors as to what friends can offer to do to help them. And, she’s honest about her own struggles with her diagnosis, and her bargains with God.
So many essays touched my heart, and made me cry. However, one essay stuck with me, the story of women who didn’t have time to volunteer, but had money they could give. They join their power by bringing together 100 women, meeting for one hour, and raising $10,000 in that one hour for one charity. It’s fascinating to read about women who can change the world, one hour at a time.
Regina Brett doesn’t hide her faith, or her struggles with life. She’s written moving, emotional essays that challenge readers to make a difference in life. The book might not be for everyone. And, sometimes it seems as if the book is stretched a little so that there are fifty lessons. However, Be the Miracle is a challenging book, a book that could change lives, and change the world, one person at a time.
Regina Brett’s website is www.ReginaBrett.com.
Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett. Grand Central Publishing. ©2012. ISBN 9761455500338 (hardcover), 273p.
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