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Mysterious Ways
By Adam Hunter

Animals on a Train?

Did a higher power hand these creatures a transit map? Assistant editor Daniel Kessel wonders…

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

Recently on Facebook, we shared the story of Eclipse, a Labrador in Seattle who taught herself to ride the bus. Eclipse wasn’t just a one-time rider–according to her fellow passengers, the pup has become a regular fixture on the route.

Chosen for Jury Duty

A sign that our legal system is in good hands?

I am sitting in a fluorescent-lit, windowless room with about 30 other people, trying to get my laptop to reconnect to Wi-Fi, again, while a guy dozes in the chair next to mine.

At the front of the room, a middle-aged goateed man with a court-officer badge pinned to his gray suit jacket stands with a microphone, spinning a metal drum full of cards.

He stops the drum, reaches in, grabs a card. He reads it and calls out a name.

Are Visions of Heaven Just Malarkey?

A bestselling book is just bunk, says its young author.

“I did not die, I did not go to heaven.” With those words, teenager Alex Malarkey upended the religious publishing world –and threw a healthy heap of skepticism on the genre of near-death-experience literature.

A Mother’s Song

Rap superstar Kanye West believes his late mother sent a message, channeled through him in a freestyle rap–assistant editor Daniel Kessel reports.

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

"Have you ever experienced the power of mother's intuition?” We asked that question last week on Facebook and were overwhelmed with the answers we received.

Since then, I’ve been thinking of the powerful bond between mothers and their children and the stories that prove it–like this one from rap superstar Kanye West.

Finding God at the Grand Canyon

Why our country’s natural wonder turns so many into believers.

There Are No Atheists at the Grand Canyon.” That’s the somewhat facetious title Time magazine gave to an article I read not so long ago.

The story concerned a study conducted by two southern California psychologists, which examined whether experiences of awe and wonder can influence a person’s stance on God and spirituality.

A 'Mysterious Ways' Year in Review

A look back at the stories that wowed us in 2014

Congratulations to Virginia Fisher from Owensboro, Kentucky, who was selected as the winner of our Joys of Christmas 2014 special issue. 

‘A Lifesaving Drop In’ is one of my favorites,” Virginia wrote. “I love anything by Guideposts. I'm very fortunate that my grandchildren keep buying me the Guidepost magazine and any of the books they can find.”

Three Holiday Wonders

Moments of unexpected cheer are what the holidays are made of, writes assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

Did you have a Christmas Advent calendar when you were younger? I remember mine well.

From December 1st to the 24th, every night before bed my brother and I, filled with a sense of wonder, would open the little box for that day.

What Miracles Moved You This Year?

As 2014 draws to a close, we want to know.

The holiday season is here, and I’ve already been given one of the best Chanukah gifts I could have received–the news that Mysterious Ways magazine is reaching 130,000 subscribers.

The staff has poured their heart and soul into this little publication that could and it’s great to see the response.

Message in a Dream

A dream brought grieving radio host Don Geronimo comfort, writes assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

 

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

If you’re a Mysterious Ways subscriber, you’ve probably received your copy of the December/January 2015 issue. Did you catch the news Edward Grinnan shared in the Editor’s Note?

Starting next issue, we’re launching a new section called “Dreams & Premonitions,” devoted to the stories you send about these mind-boggling, sometimes prophetic phenomena. I’ll be the section’s editor, and I’m extremely excited.

Grateful for a Chance Meeting

An unexpected encounter brightened a dark day for assistant editor Daniel Kessel

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

My mom and I stood at the dessert table, platters of cookies, pies and cakes spread out before us. We needed something sweet–we were at the wake of a close family friend. The loss had blindsided everyone in my family. We sent bouquets of flowers, wishing there was something more we could do.

Adam Hunter is a senior editor for Guideposts magazine and Managing Editor for Mysterious Ways. He’s edited Mysterious Ways since October 2006, and is continually amazed by the astounding stories shared by readers. Follow him on Twitter: @MMysteriousWays

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