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Facing Pain, Finding Hope: A Physician Examines Pain, Faith, and the Healing Stories of Jesus Hardcover – September 1, 2005
From Publishers Weekly
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Harvard-trained physician Daniel Hurley lives in a world of suffering—the Chicago hospitals and the examining rooms of a famous clinic where he treats patients afflicted with chronic pain. He uses all the tools of modern medicine in his work of healing, but his patients’ struggles frequently raise questions of faith. In Facing Pain, Finding Hope, Dr. Hurley explores what he calls “the intimacy of suffering and faith.” It is a place where afflicted people encounter the Jesus of the Gospels—“a doctor with no rushed appointment schedule, no need of malpractice insurance.”
Dr. Hurley shows how an intimate reading of the gospels can open new horizons of healing for people in pain. He invites sufferers—and those who live with them—into a dialogue with Jesus the healer. “He will not shirk the questions asked of him,” he writes. “The question is how we will handle the questions
he poses to us.”
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Hurley is the brilliant, yet kind and caring physician we all wish we could find to help us and abide with us when we are at our lowest, and feeling our worst. Without preaching or ever being "churchy," he gently points the suffering reader to the spiritual dimension of their situation, and uses the gospel healing stories to remind us that we do not suffer alone, we do not suffer in vain, and that there is a Great Physician who did and does still heal, if we will let Him. He may often work His healing through the gifted hands of medical professionals and their modern advances, but Dr. Hurley reminds us we are the most important conduit of our own healing and to getting better again. We have to first believe it is possible, and Dr. Hurley tells us how.
He draws the reader into some very compelling, deep reflections and insights about those blessed souls who were actually healed by Jesus in His time (such as the woman with the hemorrhage of 12 years' duration, and the paralytic man at the pool of Bethesda). Each is an archetype for those who suffer, everywhere, in every age. When you read this incredibly well written and sensitive book, Dr.Read more ›
And those who have meet or been treated by Dr. Hurley has indeed been blessed, he is heaven sent.