In the summer of 1970, then-teenager Rex Connor let himself be distracted for seventeen seconds. In that short time, a tragedy occurred which would affect the rest of his life. Rather than swimming in the sea of guilt that could have drown his life, he begins the tradition of The Seventeen Second Miracle.
The legacy is passed on to Rex's son and dozens of high school students through a class held each November. Each pupil, including the reader, discovers that while a few seconds can bring adversity, that is also plenty of time for a blessing.
This is an encouraging story that can give each of us a new perspective. A life spent looking for ways to perform small miracles for others takes us outside our own problems and focuses us on the positive things in life. Our lives and our world can be enriched by spending just seventeen seconds putting someone else first.