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Publisher's Summary

The Impossible reveals prayer's immediate and powerful impact through the true account of a family whose son died and was miraculously resurrected.

Through the years and the struggles, when life seemed more about hurt and loss than hope and mercy, God was positioning the Smiths for something extraordinary - the death and resurrection of their son.

When Joyce Smith's 14-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for more than 60 minutes. They asked themselves, How could God do this to us? But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength and cried out to God in a loud voice to save her son.

Immediately, her son's heart miraculously started beating again.

In the coming days, her son would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, John Smith walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed.

The Impossible is about a profound truth: prayer really does work. God uses it to remind us that he is always with us, and when we combine it with unshakable faith, nothing is impossible.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Joyce Smith (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Joyce's true recount of bringing her son back from the dead with her prayers is gripping from start to finish! It shows that a mother's love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. The Impossible is a must read and will inspire even the cynic to believe in miracles!" (DeVon Franklin, producer of Miracles from Heaven)
"Faith empowers us to see the invisible, embrace the impossible, and hope for the incredible. The Impossible is an amazing testament to the power of prayer - it will leave you feeling renewed in your belief in God's infinite power." (Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Evangelical Association, and author of Be Light)

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  • nancy
  • Panama City, FL, United States
  • 08-23-18

Good read

First off, so wonderful that this story had a positive outcome. But the tirade over "that night nurse" who apparently gave her son an "overdose" of propofol was too much. Yes, I am a nurse but regardless, nurses respond to orders given by doctors. She probably had orders for a range of that drug to be given at night to keep him sedated for some much needed rest from his mother's incessant questions and requests to "squeeze my hand." She also went off on the neurologist who suspected her son was having seizures. Anybody who was realistic, was in her mind, not helping her son. Prayer can only do so much so instead of griping about some of the care her son was given, why not be grateful. Trust and believe, he did not recover 100% on prayer! I am a Christian and believe in prayer, but this recovery was part miracle and part medicine.

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  • Diana
  • Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • 08-12-18

Great Book!

Miracles are real and possible! This book shows how the power of prayer is unimaginable in our lives!

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great book

loved the book. love to hear of miracles Jesus performs! how can you not believe?