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The Miracle Detective: An Investigation of Holy Visions

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"Whether The Miracle Detective has something valuable to say depends on what you want to know. For the curious skeptic, it's certainly not a very reliable account of this strange phenomena, but it does offer a fascinating glimpse at the paradoxes of religious faith." Laura Miller, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

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A gripping investigation into the extraordinary phenomenon of Virgin Mary sightings around the world, the priests and scientists who investigate them, and a powerful examination about what constitutes the miraculous in the contemporary world.

In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young Mexican woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the Catholic diocese officially placed the matter "under investigation." Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how exactly one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident and set off to interview "the miracle detectives." These were the theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints who were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy.

What Sullivan didn't know was that his own investigation would lead from Vatican City in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries have been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. These raptures have been the subject of more medical and scientific examination than any other purported supernatural event ever recorded. An examination of the longest-running Marian apparitions in history, and the author's own faith and beliefs as he himself becomes a miracle detective, are at the heart of Randall Sullivan's stunning new book, The Miracle Detective.

Sullivan uncovers a contemporary history of raptures and holy apparitions dating back to the ninteenth-century visions at Lourdes. Amid a tapestry of believers, skeptics, and apostates, we meet the compassionate Father Slavko Barbaric, an intellectual priest who is known as the Medjugorje seers' "spiritual director," and the legendary Father Groeschel, who is continually called upon to investigate supernatural — or at least strange — phenomena across America. Sullivan's quest turns personal, taking him from the halls of the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II counts himself among Medjugorje's numerous believers, to Scottsdale, Arizona, site of America's largest and most controversial instances of Virgin Mary sightings, culminating an eight-year investigation of predictions of apocalyptic events, false claims of revelation, and the search for a genuine theophony, that is, the ultimate interface between man and God.

Review:

"[A] spiritual whodunit....The Miracle Detective may well emerge as one of the most comprehensive and engaging modern works on the subject. Well told and expertly researched, Sullivan's book should appeal to skeptics and believers alike." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Sullivan...retains a sharp journalistic instinct, and his exhaustive rendering of the Medjugorje story is, if not the best journalistic account of the subject...certainly the best one I have read." Tim Cavanaugh, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"In the end, it is clear that something powerful has happened; exactly what it is, or why it has happened, remain mysteries. Almost always absorbing and thought-provoking." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[Sullivan's] writing draws readers into his search for answers, and soon we find ourselves sharing his excitement, depression, and anger." Ilene Cooper, Booklist

Review:

"[A] wide-ranging work....Sullivan, who treads the path between true believer and outright denier, raises thoughtful, informed questions about the phenomena he studies. Anyone with an interest in Marian apparitions should read this book." Library Journal

Synopsis:

An examination of the longest-running Marian apparitions in history, and the author's own faith and beliefs as he himself becomes a miracle detective, are at the heart of Sullivan's stunning new book, The Miracle Detective.

Synopsis:

In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young Mexican woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the Catholic diocese officially placed the matter "under investigation." Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how exactly one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident and set off to interview "the miracle detectives." These were the theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints who were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy. What Sullivan didn't know was that his own investigation would lead from Vatican City in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries have been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. These raptures have been the subject of more medical and scientific examination than any other purported supernatural event ever recorded. An examination of the longest-running Marian apparitions in history, and the author's own faith and beliefs as he himself becomes a miracle detective, are at the heart of Randall Sullivan's stunning new book, The Miracle Detective.

About the Author

Randall Sullivan is a contributing editor to both Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. He is the author of The Price of Experience and Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implications of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.

Table of Contents

Part I Signs and Wonders 1
Part II Between the Mountains 63
Part III Testing the Spirit 297
Sources 443
Acknowledgments 447

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139160
Subtitle:
An Investigation of Holy Visions
Author:
Sullivan, Randall
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Miraculous Phenomena
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Christology
Subject:
Christianity - Mariology
Subject:
RELIGION / Christianity/General
Subject:
Christian Theology - Mariology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
0969
Publication Date:
April 9, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26.5 oz

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Product details 448 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780871139160 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Whether The Miracle Detective has something valuable to say depends on what you want to know. For the curious skeptic, it's certainly not a very reliable account of this strange phenomena, but it does offer a fascinating glimpse at the paradoxes of religious faith." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "[A] spiritual whodunit....The Miracle Detective may well emerge as one of the most comprehensive and engaging modern works on the subject. Well told and expertly researched, Sullivan's book should appeal to skeptics and believers alike."
"Review" by , "Sullivan...retains a sharp journalistic instinct, and his exhaustive rendering of the Medjugorje story is, if not the best journalistic account of the subject...certainly the best one I have read."
"Review" by , "In the end, it is clear that something powerful has happened; exactly what it is, or why it has happened, remain mysteries. Almost always absorbing and thought-provoking."
"Review" by , "[Sullivan's] writing draws readers into his search for answers, and soon we find ourselves sharing his excitement, depression, and anger."
"Review" by , "[A] wide-ranging work....Sullivan, who treads the path between true believer and outright denier, raises thoughtful, informed questions about the phenomena he studies. Anyone with an interest in Marian apparitions should read this book."
"Synopsis" by , An examination of the longest-running Marian apparitions in history, and the author's own faith and beliefs as he himself becomes a miracle detective, are at the heart of Sullivan's stunning new book, The Miracle Detective.
"Synopsis" by ,
In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young Mexican woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the Catholic diocese officially placed the matter "under investigation." Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how exactly one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident and set off to interview "the miracle detectives." These were the theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints who were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy. What Sullivan didn't know was that his own investigation would lead from Vatican City in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries have been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. These raptures have been the subject of more medical and scientific examination than any other purported supernatural event ever recorded. An examination of the longest-running Marian apparitions in history, and the author's own faith and beliefs as he himself becomes a miracle detective, are at the heart of Randall Sullivan's stunning new book, The Miracle Detective.
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