"How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessing of living free?" The answer may surprise you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than five percent of all people who have ever lived on the Earth have lived under conditions that we could consider "free". So where did freedom come from, and how are we fortunate enough to experience it in our day? "A deeper look at the human record," write the authors, "reveals a series of critical events, obvious forks in the road leading to very different outcomes, that resulted in this extraordinary period in which we live."
They identify and discuss seven decisive tipping points:
The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah
The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity
The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe
The discovery of the New World
The Battle of Britain in World War II
The journey to freedom has been thousands of years long. Now that it has found its place in the world, the question for those of us who experience its benefits is simply this: Will we work to preserve the miracle of freedom that we enjoy today?
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A must read for every American student
It was exceedingly well read and held my interest and made me want to go back and read what I heard read
That is far to difficult to decide given all the amazing people and forces they were all greatly challenged by but I would have to say the God who was operating in these events to prosper a cause or to stop an evil momentum, He should ultimately the Protagonist or Hero of the entire story. He is, for the most part, the almost unspoken force in these events whereas science nor the average course of history could necessarily be used as some 'hard fast rule' in the conclusion of the 'why' certain things happened.
The events of Genghis Khan (much like the battle of Jerusalem in Hezekiah's time) went against the usual superior force of numbers or tactics scenario and greatly support the book's theory as to who or what was being favored or 'What' design was operating by virtue of what history has unfolded as opposed to what should have happened.
The Story of Liberty.
America, as well as the western world would be a better place if this book was part of the curriculum of every high school and or college.
Good read, but a bit flabby
Best: Good solid conclusions. Least: 90,000 foot view of events with lack of details
What details there were of each highlighted event
Narration was a bit hokey. Didn't care for one author reading the facts, and another author reading the fiction.
Overall, I enjoyed this because one doesn’t hear the point of view I like to call “Western Exceptionally” much these days. But since everyone needs to regularly check out of modern intellectual atheistic elitism to get their bearings and take in some air, I was overall pleased with this book. However, the view was SO high level and left out SO many important details about each of the highlighted events, that some parts left me wanting more. Each of the highlighted events begins with a “story” from someone who lived in that particular era, but of course the “story” appears to me to be fiction. After the first half of the story, the author then moves to the meat of the event, then concludes the short fictional story. It’s an interesting style, but I’m just not used this type of writing from more detailed histories I tend to read. Overall the author’s conclusions were solid, and if you have not already done lots of reading on each of the highlighted events, this is will be a good read/listen for you.
- W Bee