Saved by the Good Book

A book can’t stop a bullet—but these holy books did.

Body armor. Advanced combat helmets. Steel cladding. These things keep our soldiers safe. You might find it odd, then, to suggest that a book could serve as a shield.

Marksmen have demonstrated that a hardcover tome can’t stop anything more powerful than a .22 caliber. Yet soldiers have experienced the lifesaving power of “bulletproof Bibles” on the battlefield as far back as the First English Civil War, in 1643, when a young Parliamentarian escaped a battle unscathed only to find a lead slug wedged in the 16-page pamphlet of Bible verses in his vest pocket.

The Good Book has saved lives in warfare—and Mysterious Ways has the pictures to prove it...

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Explore the collection of slideshows and discover inspirational quotes, beautiful photos, and powerful stories of hope.

God's Voice: Where, When and How We Hear It

Light in the shape of a cross appears on the side of a house

Inspiring, Illuminated Miracles

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The Eight Dresses That Brought a Holocaust Victim’s Story to Life

A beautiful meadow in Big Sur, California.

Finding Spirituality in Big Sur