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Anatomy of a Miracle

A Novel

by Jonathan Miles

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Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles
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    Mar 20, 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Maria K. (Chicago, IL)

    took me by surprise
    I was sure I would hate this book. "A paralyzed veteran"? I'm not interested in war novels. "A vatican investigation"? Please, no DaVinci Code. I haven't been this wrong since I thought I would hate The Art of Fielding.

    All of the characters were fascinating. I had no idea where the story was headed, which I love, and even after cottoning on, I didn't want it to stop.

    One of the characters says that riddles don't want to be solved, but you can't help yourself trying. Miles strikes the perfect balance of giving us a glorious web of stories without spelling out what we should make of them. I really hope this gets made into a TV series! I'm still missing The Leftovers.
  • Ruth H. (Sebring, FL)

    Miracle? or Not?
    Well written, eventful book that one can't possibly put down! I so admired Tanya for all she did for her brother Cameron. She took on a lot of responsibility through all the tragedies they endured. I truly believe miracles do come from God, for He loves all of His children, those who believe and those who do not. His loving hand is open for all who wish to touch Him, no matter what your differences. Be proud of who you are and what you have done. I think I can understand where Dr. Lorimar- Cuevas comes from, science and religion don't always mix well. Doctors think they can cure all, heal all, know all, but sometimes Doctors don't always have all the answers when such miracles do occur. So, I was quite shocked when Dr Lorimar-Cuevas came up with her own theory for Cameron's being able to suddenly walk. This book has many twists and turns, I highly recommend anyone to read it to get all the details.
  • Maureen S. (Huntington Station, NY)

    Anatomy of a Miracle
    Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story takes place in Mississippi and from there we are on a journey that has us questioning our faith, our trust in science, the power of the internet and even the meaning of life.
    The novel is written in a journalistic style, full of details, which has us asking is this fact or fiction. You will have to decide. The main character, Cameron lives with his sister Tanya, who is his main caregiver. He has returned from the war in Afghanistan with a severed spine and has been told he will never walk again. For four years he has been confined to a wheelchair. On one of those hot, muggy Mississippi days Tanya wheels him down to the convenience store to pick up a few necessities. While Tanya is inside, Cameron suddenly feels overcome by a strange sensation. He isn't sure what he feels. Suddenly he stands up and begins to walk. And that is where the debate begins. What happened, how did it happen, why did it happen? As you continue reading you begin questioning your own beliefs. This, of course would make this a great book for discussion. It certainly left me thinking for a long time after I finished the book.
  • Ann L. (Park City, UT)

    Different and enjoyable
    This book captured my attention and I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I loved the "novel as truth" format. The unbelievable premise of recovery was made quite "believable. " the characters were well developed. They were likable and came across as real.

    Only downside is a personal peeve - towards the end the "political" commentary on a social issue came on too strong.
  • Leigha W. (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)

    I was initially put off by, of all things, the back cover of Anatomy of a Miracle, which suggested a sensational, masculine story that I might not enjoy. Fortunately, I was hooked by Tanya in the early pages and quickly fell for this novel as it revealed its sense of humor, its gripping journalistic tone, and its giant heart. I found myself reading it like a mystery, searching for clues, while being carried along by the compelling tale of Cameron and his miracle, and the author's deep exploration into the complexities of faith.
  • Deb T. (Belpre, OH)

    Can't wait to see what other people think.....
    For some reason, I couldn't put this book down. And I'm still trying to decipher the ending. Was he, is he, did he?
  • Mary A. (Lake Nebagamon, WI)

    Do we define ourselves by what we believe or what we don't believe
    This is one of the most informative books I have read in the last 6 months. I could feel what Cameron goes through emotionally and spiritually after he mysteriously walks after 4 years of paralysis. I found it mind provoking between reason and faith. Would this test my faith and what do I really believe.

    This happening affected so many people from neighbors, friends , the media, the medical field and the clergy. It was disturbing to me how everyone wanted a piece of the pie and the demands put on Cameron, while he was confused as to why this happened to him.

    Much is learned about the making of reality shows and how the Vatican investigates miracles in these modern times.

    This book left me with the feeling I knew the characters intimately. It is a very emotional and absorbing story.
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