Miracles Every Day

This is the true story of Issam Nemeh, M.D., a humble man who has followed a calling from God to offer prayers for the healing of individuals. Astonishing, life-altering miracles experienced by thousands have inspired people to ask Dr. Nemeh: Why are your prayers so different? Does it matter what religion I practice when you pray over me? What it is like for you when you pray over people? Do you know who is, and who is not, going to be healed? What is the secret to your close relationship with God? Can I have undoubting faith like yours?

The book recounts the unfolding of Dr. Nemeh’s ‘accidental’ prayer ministry and describes the amazing healings of patients, volunteers, and clergy. Dr. Nemeh has been called many things, among them saint, prophet, and conduit of God’s healing love. This book shows why he has inspired such extraordinary admiration.

For the first time ever, Dr. Nemeh and his wife, Kathy, who is an integral part of the ministry, tell what it is like to have the gift of faith and what goes on inside the minds and hearts of two people who have developed so close a relationship with God, their prayers are able to directly connect with the healing power of Love.

My favorite author is Jack Kerouac. In Big Sur, Kerouac shares a whimsical operational definition of memory and follows that idea to a luminous description of God as Creator. He writes that memories are like “…pleasant mental movies brought up at will and projected for further study—–And pleasure——As I imagine God to be doing this very minute, watching his own movie, which is us.” I thought of this image often as I wrote Miracles Every Day. In March of 2007 I answered the call from a friend, Charlene Kalo, and, at her request, found myself driving to The Culinaire, her bakery and cook’s store. Charlene had just read an unpublished book I wrote and illustrated with my photography, and she loved it. Knowing that her friend, Kathy Nemeh, had been searching for the right person to chronicle her husband’s amazing life story, Charlene played matchmaker between Kathy and me. So, on this day, Kathy Nemeh sat at a table in The Culinaire turning the pages of my book and glancing at the pictures. After a minute or two, she looked at me–but then again it seemed she was looking through me, or past me. Her eyes changed. They took on the appearance of someone who was feverish. And she said, “You’re the one.” I began working on the book two days later. As the specific events taking my book to publication began to unfold, I came to understand that I was just one little playing piece in an intricate game of chess The Great Chess Master had been strategizing with precision and patience for quite some time. Random, disconnected people appeared on the chessboard all at once and a series of brilliant moves going back decades brought Gary Jansen into my life. Gary, the Religion Editor at Doubleday Religion, read my pages, saw the glimmer of something beautiful and important in this story, and made the impossible come true. God surely was chuckling at His chess match . . . His “movie, which is us.” I hope Miracles Every Day pleases Him.