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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Wednesday Letters and The Cross Gardener, a story of small kindnesses - and life-changing miracles.  

Seventeen seconds can change a life forever. This is what Rex Connor learned on a gorgeous summer afternoon in 1970 when, as a lifeguard, he diverted his gaze for 17 seconds and tragedy occurred. Forty years later the waves of that day still ripple through the lives of countless people, including his son, Cole. 

Cole Connor has become a patient teacher, and now he has invited three struggling teenagers to visit him on his front porch to learn about Rex Connor-and the Seventeen Second Miracle. Together they will learn how Rex Connor could have allowed 17 seconds to destroy him, but instead he chose to live every day believing the smallest of acts could change the world for good. And the students, each with their own secrets and private pains, will begin to understand that even tragedy brings lessons. Even pain brings comfort. Even death brings miracles. A 17-second miracle can change a life - if you let it.

©2010 Jason F. Wright (P)2010 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sharp prose, clever characterizations, thought-provoking insights…fresh and spiritual." (Don Piper, New York Times best-selling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is Real)

"Passionate, spiritual and thought-provoking…[A] beautifully written book." (Glenn Beck, talk radio and FOX news host, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Plenty of uplift and tradition-affirming sentiment." (Publishers Weekly)

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Read every year!

What did you love best about The Seventeen Second Miracle?

This book helps you find humbleness. Great book, maybe bait happily ever after. But very good

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Boy O Boy

What did you love best about The Seventeen Second Miracle?

Made me think, made me cry, made me change and want to change to be a better person in this world.

What did you like best about this story?

17 second miracles ...

Have you listened to any of Lincoln Hoppe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am will look for more of Hoppe's recordings as this one was a 10.

If you could rename The Seventeen Second Miracle, what would you call it?

Never ever ever Give Up.

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Absolutely the best book this year I have read. If I do something kind for one person, this book made a difference in this world. Most books can not begin to claim that. PERIOD.

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A slow start

While it started up slowly, it built up steam very nicely and had a nice message. A quiet sort of read, but nice.

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High school kids - listen to this!!

A great listen, going to have my 8th grader listen to it, great stories and lessons to learn that could happen to anyone, and the love that is felt is amazing!

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The most touching positive book ever!

I wasn’t sure at the beginning of the story where it was going. Our world would be a much better place if everyone followed the advice. I absolutely love this book!!!!!

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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel good story. I enjoyed the narration it was easy listening.

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This book really makes you reflect.

After our principal bought this book for our student body I decided to purchase it myself and listen to it when I could. I couldn't STOP listening I had to know what happened next. When ever I wasn't listening I was watching. watching myself and every 17 sec miracle that came and gone.

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Inspiring and uplifting

What an inspiring, uplifting and motivating book. It really puts life into perspective and the influence each of us can have on lives around us.

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Lovely story

Finally, a book with no swearing, no sex, no violence. Just a good story with a great moral that you can live with each and every day. If more people lived by the Golden rule & implemented the 17 second miracle, life would be better for many.
The narrator was perfect, he sounded like he was smiling almost the entire time.

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Meaningful

I loved this book. Everything about it is perfect. The storyline and narration.....just a beautiful book.