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Faith Still Moves Mountains Reminds Us That Prayers Still Work

Faith Still Moves Mountains: Miraculous Stories of the Healing Power of Prayer
By Harris Faulkner
(Broadside Books, 288 pages, $29)

Faith is a powerful force that enables us to transcend grief, illness, addiction, and depression. This is the central claim of Harris Faulkner’s new book Faith Still Moves Mountains: Miraculous Stories of the Healing Power of Prayer. The Emmy Award–winning Fox News anchor has written an inspirational collection of stories about people whose lives have been transformed by prayer.

The book takes its title from the Gospel of Matthew: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). Faulkner’s collection of stories illustrates how faith guides people toward finding their true calling in life. These accounts also demonstrate the importance of holding onto one’s faith when it is challenged.

Faith Still Moves Mountains includes several stories depicting people responding to large-scale tragic events, including 9/11; the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting; and the COVID-19 pandemic. “A Future for Haiti” is about Britney Gengel, an American college student who died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Britney traveled to Haiti to volunteer because she experienced a personal calling. On Jan. 12, 2010, she texted her parents about her impressions of the Haitian people: “They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have, and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” That was the last time her parents ever heard from her. It has been said that there is no greater loss than the loss of a child. Faulkner depicts how Britney’s parents dealt with their grief by honoring their daughter’s dream to establish an orphanage in Haiti. As a result of their efforts, Brit’s Home is now home to 66 orphans. The experience of realizing Britney’s vision provided her parents with a new purpose that has not only enabled them to cope with losing her but also restored their faith in God.

“Addiction Won’t Win” is one of the book’s most powerful chapters. Here Faulkner presents the faith journey of DeEtte, who overcame childhood sexual abuse, a 17-year heroin addiction, prostitution, multiple incarcerations, and placing all three of her heroin-addicted babies up for adoption. DeEtte’s epiphany happened while she was attending a funeral viewing of her 7-year-old niece Marla, who had been fatally hit by a car. At the service, DeEtte saw people she knew, including a woman who had once shared a cell block with her, a man with whom she had sold drugs, and a woman who had worked as a prostitute with her. They were at the viewing because they had befriended Marla’s mother at church. “I saw the love of Jesus in those people,” DeEtte recalled. “I saw how they loved my niece, how they loved my sister. And it was that love that brought me to God. I was sick and tired of the lifestyle. They were clean, they were happy, and I wanted what they had.” The next day, DeEtte checked into a faith-based rehabilitation center and slowly began the journey toward overcoming her addiction, finding a job, and establishing a new life. Most importantly, she found her way back to God. She became very involved in the church affiliated with her rehabilitation center and started volunteering in its various ministries. DeEtte would eventually become a missionary, marry, and, through a chance encounter, be reunited with her children. (READ MORE from Leonora Cravotta: From Blueberry Pageant Princess to Senior Counselor to the President: The Amazing Journey of Kellyanne Conway)

While there have been many books that discuss the power of prayer, Faith Still Moves Mountains stands out because of Faulkner’s writing style, which is a mélange of fact-based reporting and compassionate commentary. Although the individual miracles are backed up by factual evidence and contemporaneous commentary, Faulkner still allows for mystery in the way God guides people on the path to redemption and renewal.

Faith Still Moves Mountains: Miraculous Stories of the Healing Power of Prayer is a moving anthology of stories about people whose lives have been touched and transformed by their faith. Faulkner, who believes that God assigns everyone a role in life, concludes her book with this statement: “I love my Divine Assignment, which is to assist other people to tell their stories and to disseminate those lived experiences to teach others how best to survive, thrive, and reap fulfilled lives.” Faith Still Moves Mountains is a testament to Faulkner’s ongoing fulfillment of her assignment.

Leonora Cravotta
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Leonora Cravotta is Director of Operations with The American Spectator, a position she previously held at The American Conservative. She also co-hosts a show on Red State Talk Radio. She previously held marketing positions with JPMorgan Chase and TD Bank. Leonora received a BA in English/French from Denison University, an MA in English from the University of Kentucky, and an MBA in Marketing from Fordham University. She writes about literature and popular culture.
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