Book © 2005 by the IAAM Team, Review by Denice Moffat
The book, I Am a Miracle © 2005 is a compilation of 81 miraculous true stories and poems. The book has 12 full-color pages of art and comes with a 70-minute uplifting music CD. Each story demonstrates one or more of the conditions of creating a Miracle, from Dr. Michael Abrams book, The Twelve Conditions of a Miracle.
I volunteered in January to be on the editing team. Yep. I was just walking by and noticed a group of Miracle Mastery members having some kind of meeting. I thought I was missing out on some juicy details for the Newsletter I created for the group. Well, things kind of got out of hand in a big way after that “happenstance” meeting.
As it turns out, I had lots of help collecting songs, stories, and pictures for the book. What I didn’t expect was somehow finding myself doing everything in between, like the table of contents, keeping track of all the authors, musicians, and artists, developing and collecting all the releases, keeping everyone current on all the steps of the book through the newsletter, writing dedications, forewords, biographies about the authors AND the book team, writing intros to each chapter and organizing all the Miracle stories as to which chapter they belonged in.
Then there was the index, the editing, and re-reading for typos and mistakes (eight times total!), collecting endorsements and a bunch of other detail work! I was totally blessed to have a friend of mine, Jana Ostrom, there to help me with the editing. We spend many a weekend on the phone to each other deciding where to put commas, what to keep in, what to cut out, and how we could make each story perfect without damaging the individual personality of the story.
I personally asked several people to write stories and emailed requests to “flesh a story out” here and there to make them more engaging and personal. Michael (my husband) wrote a story about how we found our house and I wrote two stories and a poem (with the help of my Guides).
On top of that, we’ve built a website for the book and formed the I Am a Miracle Foundation to distribute funds generated from the sale of the books. We are all donating our time. All the authors and artists have donated the music and stories. You can see a picture of our cover, listen to the songs, and read about the authors and the team on our website: www.IAmAMiracle.com
Our motto is: People together in service uniting writers, artists and musicians in projects that create miracles in the world.
It feels SO good to finally see all of our hard work in print. Note: We sold over 5000 copies of the book as of 2007. Our marketing guru organized a book blast to kick off the sales. The book is great, and the music is awesome. Maybe you can find one on Amazon.com as they are now out of print and Volume II is physically on the market and Volume III is an online book. It was a great experience but a lot of work. I was not involved in the making of Volumes II or III but I do wish the team much success.
Helpful Links and References: Two of my stories and poem that were included in the book.