- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

For one Ohio bus driver, his Bible was a lifesaver.

Rickey Waggoner, who drives for the Dayton RTA system, said he stopped his bus to make a few quick mechanical fixes, when he saw three people approaching, Fox News reported. One of the three pulled a gun and shot at him twice, hitting him in his chest at close range — an apparent gang initiation, police said.

But Mr. Waggoner, 49, carried a contemporary version of the Bible in his chest pocket, called “The Message,” and it was the Good Book that absorbed the bullets — not his flesh, the Dayton Daily News reported.

“There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because [Waggoner] should probably not be here,” Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley said to the newspaper.

The writer of the Bible version, called “The Message,” said he saw a miracle at work.

“That’s wonderful,” said Lakeside, Mont., writer Eugene Peterson, of his Bible version, “The Message,” stopping the bullet. “I’ve heard stories about that happening during the Second World War. I’m glad to be in the club.”

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