Anatomy of a Miracle

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Anatomy of a Miracle is a wonder. We are thrust into Cameron Harris's world with the exacting view of an investigative reporter. Within the first few pages, I forgot I was reading a novel and had fully bought into Cameron's story.
Cameron, like many young men who are adrift, joined the Army. He went to war and came home paralyzed and battling PTSD. For four years he existed with the help of his sister, Tanya. Then one day everything changed. While waiting outside a convenience store for Tanya, Cameron stood up and took several steps. Then he took more steps. Soon he was in physical therapy rebuilding his atrophied muscles.
Cameron standing is where the story really begins...

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i would recommend this book to readers interested in this topic.
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Have you ever tried to categorize and explain the impossible? Of course, if the impossible actually happens, then it can't be impossible, right?

The supposedly impossible happens in this book. Cameron Harris, a paraplegic of four years due to a war injury, finds suddenly that he can get out of his wheel chair and walk.

From his doctor's point of view, the body has healed itself of its injury. That might even sound like an explanation to you and me; yes, OK, the body healed itself. Great!

Except, medically speaking, the body is not supposed to be able to heal itself in this way. There is no scientific explanation. His doctor, who places great store on science, is left with a...

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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher
A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life

Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of...

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I have read many genres from literary fiction to memoirs, but I can't recall ever reading a book quite like this one. The publisher describes it as "A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life, " but the whole time I was reading, I couldn't decide if the account by Jonathan Miles was fact or fiction. The story moves between small town life in Mississippi where wheelchair- bound Cameron ekes out a miserable existence with the support of his big sister, and then travels back in time on patrol in Afghanistan to learn how Cameron ended up in that wheelchair. The...

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I'll admit it took me a really, really long time to get into this book. I was originally really bogged down with the level of detail the author wove into each character and setting, and thought that it was distracting from the main story of Cameron, but about half way through found that it only enriched the story. One of the reasons that it took me a long time to get into this book was because of the setting, in Biloxi, Mississippi, but with the level of detail the author included I was able to feel like I knew Biloxi regardless of never having set foot in the state. Because of the level of detail, I was thinking to myself "is this based on a true event" and was satisfied...

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I almost stopped reading this book at the 20% mark due to the extensive amount of minutia written about each character introduced. I felt this great detail detracted from the main storyline, which was about a paralyzed veteran, Cameron Harris, who after 4 years, "miraculously" regains his ability to walk.

The author is a master at character development and describing life in Biloxi, Mississippi. The book probes whether Cameron's recovery was due to a scientific event or a bonifide miracle, as seen from the view point of the protagonist, his physician, family, friends, strangers, and a representative sent from the Vatican. The author blends humor into the main storyline...

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Very well written An enjoyable read. Highly recommend.
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