By Karen Vance
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Joan Wester Anderson believes an angel saved the lives of her two college-aged sons a few years ago.
On a cold winter night when 16 people died of exposure in nearby Illinois, her sons were stuck in the snow when a tow truck appeared. Then, before the two could pay the driver, he disappeared without a trace, not even tire tracks.
That visit from an angel, as she describes it, sparked her interest to begin collecting accounts of angels in others' lives and led her to write the best-selling book Where Angels Walk. On Wednesday, the author of 14 books, who has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, NBC Nightly News and Good Morning America, will speak in Cincinnati about miracles.
"I hope people (who come to the talk) look back at their own lives with new eyes. I'd like them to see they were cared for even when they felt the most lost," she said from her home near Chicago.
Anderson will be the featured speaker for Mercy Hospital Western Hills' HealthPlex Holiday Open House on Wednesday.
"To be a healthy person is one who is balanced in body, mind and spirit," she said. "Faith in angels and faith in miracles provides us with hope."
The open house, at 3131 Queen City Ave., will feature Christmas shopping, cookies and HealthPlex tours.
Tickets to the talk, "Miracles are Real," at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., are $10 and admission to a private luncheon with Anderson is $25. For more information or tickets, call 389-5987.
God's Provisions Christian Resource Center, 7426 Montgomery Road, Silverton, will host a series of talks called "A Season of Miracles" every Friday night at 7 p.m. from now until the end of the year. Individuals from Greater Cincinnati will speak about their own physical, coincidental and life-changing miracles at the free, public events.
Event for preteens
Living Word Fellowship, 9781 Fields Ertel Road, will host "Meet Jesus" for fifth- through eighth-graders Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the multimedia program that will show facets of Jesus' character with videos, music, skits and Biblical stories.
For more information, call Kevin Turner, Living Word's children's pastor, at 677-8500.
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