Drawing on his own personal and professional experiences as well as Biblical, medical, scientific, and literary references, biographies, and media reports, Dr. Flach surveys the phenomena of miracles and faith and seeks to substantiate his assertion of their validity and the value of faith in our lives and practices. Although Dr. Flach clearly intends to convey his own beliefs, the tone is ultimately neither evangelical nor overbearing. The titles of the six parts of the book (The Nature of Miracles, Extraordinary Miracles, Miracles in Every Day Life, Healing and Prayer, Miracles of Discovery, Faith and Resilience) give a structured indication to the approach Dr. Flach will take in the 20 chapters. In chapter 1, he recounts his own miraculous cure of pneumonia by the then newly discovered wonder drug, penicillin, and augments this personal example with numerous other instances of what he sees as miraculous cures in others. He proceeds to some of the extraordinary miracles of the Biblical chronicles, the well-publicized Marian apparitions, and the phenomenon of Lourdes. The latter is examined, interestingly, with a focus on the experiences of a skeptic: French physician and Nobel Laureate scientist Alexis Carrel, who made numerous visits and observations of the miraculous cures at the shrine. Although initially a disbeliever, toward the end of his life Carrel ultimately accepted a miraculous interpretation for some of the more dramatic events he had observed, commenting that a "miracle is…an extreme acceleration of the processes of organic repair."