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You Are Invited! Oct. 28th Miracles Event

Sep 16, 2014

IMG_3456 - Version 2My new book officially comes out on Oct. 28th — with a national event!

The book’s title is MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. It will be a Socrates in the City event and oddly enough, I will be the guest!

Of course we needed to find a guest host to interview me, since I couldn’t interview myself! We hoped to find someone who was as good an interviewer as Dick Cavett, but unfortunately the only person as good as Dick Cavett is Dick Cavett! And of course he “wasn’t available.” Sigh.

But then — wait a minute – he was! So if you can believe it, the master interviewer of the last fifty years — who has interviewed Robin Williams, David Bowie, Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Jimi Hendrix, Laurence Olivier, Abba, Richard Burton, Janis Joplin, Groucho Marx, Muhammad Ali,William F. Buckley, Woody Allen, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ingmar Bergman, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, and a zillion others — will interview me on Oct. 28th. I am deeply honored by this and I very much hope you’ll join us! If Liza Minnelli shows up, you’ll be sorry you missed it!!!

If you can get to NYC, fantastic! Our ticket prices have been dramatically lowered. If you don’t believe it, click here! The best ones are selling out, so do hurry. If you cannot get to NYC, we will be Webcasting the event all across the country. Or wherever good wi-fi is available. Stay tuned to this space for details.

What readers are saying about *MIRACLES*

Aug 31, 2014

9780525954422_p0_v1_s600 “Metaxas’s Miracles mixes storytelling with logic and inspiring beauty with profound mystery. An intoxicating combination.”
    – Patricia Heaton, Emmy-award-winning actress, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle

Miracles is the sort of book that–once you’ve read it–you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.”
    – Kathie Lee Gifford, Emmy-award-winning host, The Today Show

“The realm of miracles is the ultimate no-go-area for tough-minded writers. I can’t think of any author but Eric Metaxas to enter this unknown territory and come back with a book that is a miracle in itself: A dense, edgy and awe-inspiring report on the possibility of the impossible.”
     — Dr. Markus Spieker, Reporter for German National Television and best-selling author of Hollywood Cinema in Nazi Germany

“If you’re a skeptic, read this book with an open mind and you might just discover that miracles are real. If you’re already a believer, be ready to be inspired. My friend Eric Metaxas combines deeply-compelling reasoning with some of the most encouraging true stories of miracles you will ever read.”
    – Kirsten Powers, columnist for USA Today and The Daily Beast

“I can’t think of a greater compliment then to say this is a book C.S. Lewis would have been jealous he didn’t write!”      – Brad Stine, Actor, Author, Comedian, Spy.

“He wears a killer pocket square and horn-rimmed glasses, but Kierkegaard yet lives. In a world painted gray by materialism, neo-paganism, and steely secularity, Eric Metaxas’s shrewd and stirring musings splash the canvas with the brilliant colors of faith, hope, and the possibility of reality-beyond-reality. Read this book to confront your doubt. Read this book to face down your fear of the afterlife. Read this book to reenchant your humanity…”
    – Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Southern Seminary & Boyce College; Author, Risky Gospel

“As a secular reader, I come to such books with a certain resistance. Metaxas won me over instantly by meeting me where I live. His intellectual honesty, coupled with an open-hearted wonder at the sheer breadth of human experience, is irresistible.”
    – Christopher Noel, author, Impossible Visits, Producer/Director, “Woven Lou”

“With this beautiful and moving and thoughtful new book, Eric Metaxas proves yet again to be a writer of the first order. He is a storyteller, this book at once humble and exuberant, honest and astonishing, filled with awesome proof of how God works in our lives here, now. In a culture that daily celebrates the parched ground of cynicism, Miracles is a cool rain of intelligent and loving and God-fearing truth.”
    – Bret Lott, Best-selling author of Jewel; Non-fiction editor, Crazyhorse

“Metaxas has done it again. In these colourful and varied stories from his friends, and his own trenchant commentary, he challenges the mind-forged manacles of much current thinking. In doing so, he presents hope for the tone deaf who cannot hear the splendour of the music of the spheres, and he brings in sunlight for modern cave dwellers who have become accustomed to only shadows on the wall of our increasingly windowless world.”
    – Os Guinness, Author of The Call

“As Metaxas himself says, feel free to gulp.  Reading Miracles is one of those life altering experiences.  It gives you gratitude for the molecular composition of water, the distance of the earth from the sun, and even the exact placement of Jupiter.  You will laugh, and you will cry, and after being immersed in Metaxas’ clear, rational analysis, you just might find yourself looking for your own miracle at any moment. I loved it.”
– Caroline Coleman, author of Loving Soren and the blog “A Chapter A Day”

“In Miracles, Eric Metaxas tackles the question of the supernatural like a chess master: anticipating and outmaneuvering the skeptics at every turn. With irresistible logic — and great empathy — he shows why we can believe in “God acting from beyond this world.” No Christian thinker today combines reason and wit, argument and imagination, to greater effect. Believers will find their faith strengthened and their love for God deepened. Doubters may find their fortress of objections withering away. If a single volume could scatter the disciples of scientism into doleful exile, this is it. An immensely provocative and rewarding book.”
    – Joseph Loconte, Assoc. Professor of History at the King’s College, NYC and author, The Searchers: The Search for Meaning in the Valley of Doubt and God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West.

Miracles is a clarion call to any who, like Dante, have lost la speranza dell altezza.”
   – Dame Alice von Hildebrand, author, Memoirs of a Happy Failure and The Privilege of Being a Woman

“Get ready to change the way you see reality forever.”
     — Erwin Raphael McManus, Founder of MOSAIC and author of The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art

“Eric Metaxas is like C.S. Lewis but with jokes: intelligent, spiritually profound, and full of wit.”
– Susan E. Isaacs, author Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir

To read more of what readers are saying, click here…

Communion on the Moon: July 20th, 1969

Jul 19, 2014

Forty-five years ago today two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon.   But what happened before Buzz Aldrin (pictured in the LM, left) and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it.

I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon.  Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.  And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself.  (See photo below.)   I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).

The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his pastor to help him.  And so the pastor consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine.  And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and on to the surface of the moon.

He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:  “This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.”  He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion.  Here is his own account of what happened:

“In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit.  Apart from me you can do nothing.’  I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas.  I agreed reluctantly.   …I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”

And of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon — and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.”

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FOR A VIDEO of me talking about this on the FoxNewsChannel’s Strategy Room, click here.

And for the full text of Buzz Aldrin’s article (“Communion in Space”) from the October 1970 issue of Guideposts magazine, click here.

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Buzz Aldrin, Eric Metaxas, and Dick Cavett

 

“What the Bird Said Early in the Year”

Jul 17, 2014

This week I’ve had the tremendous privilege of being in Oxford to shoot a small-group dvd series about C.S.Lewis, due out early next year. You can see photos here. I’ll be adding more each day. Today we shot behind Magdalen College, on Addison’s walk, where late one September night in 1931 J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and Lewis took a walk. Tolkien got Lewis to consider the idea that Jesus’s incarnation, death, and resurrection were a myth that was also historically true. Nine days later, after a motorcycle ride to the Whipsnade Z00, Lewis assented to that idea, and became a Christian.

The following plaque of a Lewis poem was put up on Addison’s Walk in 1998, commemorating the Centenary of Lewis’s birth. I was there at that time and the poem remains one of my absolute favorites. IMG_4687

 

WHAT THE BIRD SAID EARLY IN THE YEAR

I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear:
This year the summer will come true. This year. This year.

Winds will not strip the blossom from the apple trees
This year, nor want of rain destroy the peas.

This year time’s nature will no more defeat you,
Nor all the promised moments in their passing cheat you.

This time they will not lead you round and back
To Autumn, one year older, by the well-worn track.

This year, this year, as all these flowers foretell,
We shall escape the circle and undo the spell.

Often deceived, yet open once again your heart,
Quick, quick, quick, quick! – the gates are drawn apart.

 

Holy Talkshow, Batman! It’s Dick Cavett!!!

Jul 01, 2014

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One of the true privileges of my life has been to befriend the great Dick Cavett, whose Emmy-winning tv show has been a major inspiration for Socrates in the City. I recently had the honor of speaking at a gala celebration of his career at the Museum of Broadcasting in Chicago — and was able to reprise Red Buttons’ famous “Never got a dinner!” routine. “Why!? WHY are we giving this man a dinner?!

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So how terrific that this master interviewer (pictured interviewing Groucho) has agreed to be the first-ever guest host on Oct. 28th to interview yours truly on the subject of my new MIRACLES book! To whet your appetite for that event — which WILL be simulcast around the country — you’ve just GOT to watch my Socrates in the City interview of him from three years ago. His brilliance and talent shine in a way they cannot when he’s the interviewer. For the love of Pete, Mike, and Christmas,  CLICK HERE FOR THAT LINK!!!

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Miracles now at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million| Or wherever books are sold.

My new book is finished! It’s a Miracle!

Jun 27, 2014

9780525954422_p0_v1_s600Have you ever wondered what a miracle is, or why miracles happen — or how miracles can change your life? What a coincidence — or is it a miracle? — because I’ve written a NEW book titled Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life! The book will be launched on Oct. 28th at a special Socrates in the City event with our first ever guest host, none other than TV legend and Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Mr. Dick Cavett! He will interview me on the subject of miracles — but the event will be simulcast so anyone can watch it. Stay tuned to this space for more information. In the meantime, PLEASE PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY!

Miracles can be pre-ordered now at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million| Or wherever books are sold.

Bonhoeffer Never Said That!

Jun 10, 2014

Bonhoeffer CoverThis is how these things happen. AMAZING. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the fact that Dietrich Bonhoeffer NEVER said “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.” But it’s EVERYWHERE on the internet that he said that. But he didn’t. Who said it? Eric Metaxas. On page 486 of my Bonhoeffer book I sum up a theme of his and put it in those words. It is what I believe, but I came to put it in those words while writing my book on Bonhoeffer because it’s a theme of his. I was trying to help the reader understand Bonhoeffer’s thinking.

But Bonhoeffer NEVER EVER actually said it himself.

But the toothpaste is out of the tube and the quote is EVERYWHERE on the internet. The number of places you will find that he said that is practically infinite. Click here to see. It’s mind-blowing. So if YOU put it out there and can put your tiny piece of toothpaste back in the tube, you will be doing a service to history. Let’s see if it is POSSIBLE to correct this error immediately. Such mistakes really do a terrible disservice to history. But can you imagine how far this mistake has gone already? Let’s try and correct it as an experiment… If you put it out there, please fix it. On behalf of history and accuracy, I thank you.

Hillsdale College 2014 Commencement

May 18, 2014

BnS4x3aCQAActGF-1I was the 2014 Commencement Speaker at Hillsdale College in Michigan. To view the video of my speech, “The Role of Faith in the Story of Freedom,” click here. I end the speech with an extraordinary quote from Abraham Lincoln.

For more information on Hillsdale, or to get copies of Imprimis, click here.

To read the text of my speech, click here.

Liberty University 2014 Baccaulaureate Address

May 18, 2014

Liberty-Baccalaureate-2014-Commencement12-1I had the honor of giving the 2014 Baccalaureate Address at Liberty University. To see the video, click here.

I quoted from Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and exhorted the graduates to retweet this lyric to help remember what’s important in life. I exhort you to do the same by clicking here!

 

Have We Forgotten the Story of America?

Mar 17, 2014

UnknownHere’s a link to the video of my speech at CPAC 2014. The title of my speech is “Have We Forgotten the Story of America?” The blasting KEI$HA music is obviously an unintentionally super-sad and grimly ironic commentary on the words that follow.  Here’s the Christian Post article…