Monday, May 18, 2015

LDS BOOK REVIEW: Mighty Miracles by Breanna Olaveson

Mighty Miracles

ABOUT THE BOOK

“We do have miracles today—beyond imagination . . . What kinds of miracles do we have? All kinds—revelations, visions, tongues, healings, special guidance and direction, evil spirits cast out. Where are they recorded? In the records of the Church, in journals, in news and magazine articles and in the minds and memories of many people.” —President Spencer W. Kimball

Elder Matthew Cowley witnessed and participated in countless miracles throughout his storied life. As an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from 1945 until his death in 1953, Matthew Cowley was among the most spiritually powerful and well-known of the Lord’s servants. In this compilation of vignettes, taken from personal journals and correspondence, as well as the treasured memories of those who knew him best, the details of many of his most miraculous experiences, including healing the blind and witnessing the raising of the dead, are painted in vivid detail. From his early missionary work with the Maori people of New Zealand to his widespread influence as an Apostle, Elder Cowley blessed the lives of Church members around the world with his gifts of faith and healing. Sure to edify and uplift, this biographical portrait of one of the Lord’s elect will inspire readers to recognize the mighty miracles in their own lives.

REVIEW

The scriptures tell us that there are many different spiritual gifts and they all come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Matthew Cowley's life is full of examples of that truth.  From the time he was a small child until he died Cowley experienced miracles both small and great.  This book documents some of those experiences.  Elder Cowley clearly touched the lives of many through his years of church service, both as a missionary and later as a general authority.  Each chapter in the book shares one such story with the book organized in chronilogical order.  Stories of healing, speaking in tongues, and spiritual guidance fill the book.  I found the book a powerful reminder that miracles surround those who believe.  That isn't to say that the Lord answers all our prayers the way we desire because He doesn't, sometimes the answer is no.  For example, Elder Cowley and his wife long desired children and while he on several occasions blessed others to have children, he and his wife were unable to have children of their own.  Elder Cowley's life is an example of what the Lord can do when we turn our lives over to Him.

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