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For the Love of God [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Gold , Dawné Dominique
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The plot for this book is not only superb, it is a 10 star work in that we have more than one mystery, and all of it is woven together so well, we never loose track. The characters are totally believable and so well written that I can relate to them all. This book grabs your attention and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

If you enjoy medical drama, you’ll love For the Love of God, a novel that accurately depicts what happens when a cult denies sick children lifesaving medical care.
While this is fiction, the novel shows practices that continue to this day.
Do not misconstrue this novel as's against those who would sacrifice children for their own beliefs.

An incidental and shocking discovery of a cave with tiny unmarked graves shatters the peace of Exton, a small town in upstate N.Y.

More horrifying is the forensic analysis that reveals that these young children died needlessly as the result of neglect and abuse at the hands of a religious fundamentalist cult that disavows medical care.

Fundamentalists and their political action groups come to the defense of the cult and the parents of the dead children setting the stage for the final courtroom clash to come.

The sheriff, an investigative reporter, the local coroner and two forensic experts from Albany develop the case. When the county DA, a fundamentalist, resists vigorous prosecution, the Governor of New York intervenes and appoints Rosemary and Calvin Brandt to represent the State and speak for the dead children. These controversial attorneys and former fundamentalists have devoted their lives to the protection of children.

The final courtroom clash sets freedom of religion against the State's responsibility to protect innocent children.

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From the Author

Author's Note: If you believe that prayer for the sick to the exclusion of medical care is a thing of the past, think again. Each year children in the United States suffer horribly and die from injuries or medical conditions readily treated by physicians and hospitals. Do a literature search on faith healing or go to the website of "Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc." ( and you'll see a litany of horrors as a small segment of mostly fundamentalists allow their minor children to die from diabetes, pneumonia, asthma, and many other conditions all readily responsive to standard medical care.

About the Author

I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island. After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago. The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine. My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two ‘Circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second. I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose. First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder, the original version, was released in August 2011. (both available in print and Kindle) In the last two years, I’ve written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000). We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred Yorkie who, looks like he’s on steroids, but he’s not. Website:

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  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Grass Valley Publishing (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006R7I8F4
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excavating some horrid truths March 8, 2012
Lawrence W. Gold, MD is a physician/author who takes risks with his books: is previous two books - FIRST, DO NO HARM and NO CURE FOR MURDER - are stories that revealed some rather grim aspects of the medical profession. Now in hid third novel - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - he ventures into even more controversial territory. Gold has retired from medicine (he was a Nephrologist, having served as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam at the same time as this reviewer) and it is understandable that he wishes to uses his patently obvious skills as a writer as his post-medical career. One wonders why he continues to use the MD after his name in this successful second career, but perhaps the intent is to add validity to his writing.

Reading FOR THE LOVE OF GOD during this particular time when the political campaigns are stridently focusing on fundamental evangelical conservative religious groups as the target for gaining support of the nomination of certain candidates for the running lead for Presidential election is even more atmospheric. The timing could not be better as far as the intensity of the investigative aspects of this story unravels. The well woven tale involves the discovery of dead children who died apparently due to the lack of intervention of their parents and guardians because of the strength of belief in `faith healing'. In the author's words, `If you believe that prayer for the sick to the exclusion of medical care is a thing of the past, think again. Each year children in the United States suffer horribly and die from injuries or medical conditions readily treated by physicians and hospitals. Do a literature search on faith healing or go to the website of "Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc." (childrenshealthcare.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping May 31, 2013
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This thriller tackles some very difficult and controversial material. Writing about religion and politics is always going to be hard as you cannot please everyone but I think Gold tackles a lot of the issues with sensitivity and sincerity. Reading this book I did not feel Christianity, religion or spiritual beliefs were on trial but the best for those who are dependent on others to choose their welfare. The issues are deep.

This is a tough read as it deals with deaths of children, babies and abortion. The story comes to a crescendo once we are in the court room and the surprises keep coming. The character Daniel Zimmer is on trial and is malevolent in this book which I class as one of the most gripping reads for me this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE Consider A Must Read - On Faith Healing! March 18, 2013
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The second novel I read this weekend by Dr. Gold just might be more traumatic to read than the first one... But fortunately, it does not happen as often--or at least I didn't think so, until I found the following on Dr. Gold's site:

If you believe that prayer for the sick to the exclusion of medical care is a thing of the past, think again...

God forgive us!

Words leave me as I now realize that Dr. Gold's story is based upon fact! I remember when, upon being diagnosed with clinical depression for job burnout, my older sister told me she'd take me for prayer at church...And I'd get over it...What she didn't know was that I had already called our pastor. When he and his wife came, they did pray, but they also sent me immediately to a doctor! I took that advice and went on immediate medical leave for exhaustion.

It is hard for me to understand how anybody could have a sick child and not immediately take them for all the wonderful care that is available to them. Please know that this book is detailed in describing these activities and people who are doing this. The important part, however, for me, was the trial portion. So I also consider it a legal thriller of importance!

A small farm had been established when Patricia inherited the land. Daniel and she had just left a church under duress, and they took those that had become to be known as followers with them...

It was only by accident that what was happening was discovered. Two fugitives who had escaped prison had come to their town and the sheriff went after them, finding the cave they were going to use after he'd killed both of them... When the crime scene investigators came, it was then that they entered the cave where the fugitives apparently planned to hide...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story? January 13, 2012
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This book tweaked my memory a bit, as I remember a case something like this. Dr. Gold has glommed onto the story and has written a terrifying "biography" of a very dangerous man. The write-up doesn't quite do the book justice, because it doesn't address the history of the cult leader and how he came to yield such power over his flock.

The writing is great, and a break from the Brier Hospital series that Gold has been producing (although I love those books).

If you are squeamish about child abuse or have strong religious ties, you might find this book to be abrasive. But the existence of radical religious sects is, as we have all learned the hard way, is a reality we have to face.

Despite its literary bent, of the three Dr. Gold books I've read, this is the most disturbing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A compelling topic.
I found the book to be anti-climatic in all honesty. The story itself was interesting, although I did think it had an issue with continuality. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars The religious beliefs are as varied as are people
The interpretation of the word are different in many cultural ,national and personal areas. what is truly frightening are those who manipulate others whether it be for personal or... Read more
Published 9 months ago by GranStan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
A pretty quick read and it get's you thinking about your values and what you would do in the situation.
Published 9 months ago by Nicole Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about a complex subject
I enjoyed this well written book, the second I have read by the Author, and look forward to reading more of his work. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Roy Baverstock
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much more
i really wanted to like this book. The topic is intriguing, controvesial, and thought provoking. But the story-telling was just awful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I have read several books of Dr. Gold but this one beats them all. High pace, characters well developed, very believable story and contraversial topic.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate
This is an excellent book. The arguments are well presented and the issues well defined. There was obviously good research. I found it difficult to put down.
Published 11 months ago by Dr Mark M. Rubenstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Medical care vs faith healing
This book is a wonderful book for the subject of medical vs. faith healing. I agree with the author, it should not be medical or faith but medical and faith. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. B
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think....
Couldn't put it down...literally. the story line had me in its grip the entire way thru. Definitely a must read.
Published 12 months ago by Judy James
5.0 out of 5 stars Very,very, very thought provoking.
This book will make you think hard about very private beliefs. How far will you go to prove God's love? I plan on looking more into this author.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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