Mysterious Ways
By Adam Hunter

A Contest Winner’s Mysterious Ways

Christie Hughes had a premonition she would win the contest... to honor her mom.

Our staff is in Rye, New York, this week for our writers workshop, where we invite a chosen few to the lovely Wainwright House on the Long Island Sound. One of our new workshoppers, Christie Hughes, recently wrote on her blog about the "mysterious ways" that led her to winning the contest:

Two Butterflies–One White, One Blue

Assistant editor Daniel Kessel shares how these winged creatures boosted his grandmother’s faith.

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a poem that gave me unexpected comfort as my family continues praying for my aunt’s recovery after her stroke.

Expect the Unexpected

Stories of a car crash and an angry Facebook post ended with surprising results.

So much in life is predictable. But at Mysterious Ways, we know that things may not always be as they seem. Just because you’ve seen it all before, doesn’t mean you know the master plan. Two stories that went viral this week made that perfectly clear:

Somebody Loves Us All

Assistant editor Daniel Kessel shares a poem that brought him unexpected comfort.


Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

“Somebody loves us all.” The words popped into my head a couple of weeks ago as I stood in the office kitchen, waiting for my coffee to brew.

It’s a line from a poem I’d read in high school called “Filling Station,” by Elizabeth Bishop. All these years later, I still haven’t forgotten it.

A Skeptic’s Encounter with Mysterious Ways

The publisher of Skeptic magazine was touched by events he couldn’t explain…

Know your competitors–it’s a rule when launching any new product. Especially a new magazine, in a world where the audience for the printed word seems to be shrinking by the day.

As managing editor for Mysterious Ways, I familiarize myself with other publications that deal with these kinds of stories, and in the course of my search, I stumbled upon Skeptic magazine.

The Good Samaritan App

Assistant editor Daniel Kessel asks: Do you trust your smartphone to save your life, or do you put your faith elsewhere?

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

You use your smartphone for more than just phone calls: looking up directions, shopping online, keeping up with family and friends via social media–you name it, there’s an app for it. But what if you were having a medical emergency? Would you trust your phone to save your life?

A Scandal-Plagued Sports Star’s Heroic Redemption

God had Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis in the right place at the right time.


The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is coming up–the beginning of a 10-day period in which we repent for our sins of the last year, and do our best to redeem ourselves before God judges us. 

Seems like a lot of our sports heroes could use a time of reflection and repentance right now. You can’t turn on the news these days without finding out another star athlete was revealed to be… well, less than role model material.

A Little Red Ball of Hope

Assistant editor Daniel Kessel shares how one reader found unexpected comfort after beloved actor Robin Williams’ tragic death.

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

I was just a first grader when my grandparents took me and my brother to see Jumanji in theaters, but I still remember it clearly. Robin Williams lit up the screen in everything he starred in, from Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire to the movies I came to love when I was older, like Awakenings and Dead Poets Society.

A Hopeful View on a September Day

13 years after the attacks, our city reaches the clouds again.

Last Sunday I visited the Statue of Liberty with my wife, her cousin and his family. It was the first time I’d been to Liberty Island in 15 years or so.

Standing at the high point facing east on the statue’s pedestal, I stared out over the Hudson at the head-on view of downtown Manhattan. The skyline was different the last time I was here. Where the Twin Towers once were, One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, now stands sentinel over the financial district.

The Book That Bonded Two Brothers

The connection between siblings goes beyond sharing a childhood, Assistant Editor Daniel Kessel reports.

Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

I’ve always been close with my older brother Mark, and it’s no exaggeration to say that he impacted my decision to become an editor.

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

Syndicate content