Since Larry Dossey wrote his first book, Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, he has toured the world meeting with audiences as diverse as Pentagon employees, church groups, and the British parliament. Regardless of the audience, Dossey noticed that most everyone seems interested in four general discussions: the scientific evidence for prayer, the controversies associated with prayer experiments, what prayer is, and how to pray. Prayer Is Good Medicine divides these discussions into four neatly contained sections. As prayer moves into the center stage of Western medicine Prayer Is Good Medicine acts as a modern-day prayer book as well as an ethical touchstone for healers and seekers.
Unlike medical practitioners in the East, many physicians in the West argue that the healing power of science is far superior to, and often incompatible with, the healing power of prayer. Yet, physician Dossey, attentive to the ways in which spiritual health affects bodily health, demonstrated in his Healing Words that the capacity of prayer to heal, combined with the capacity of science to heal, is far greater than the healing power of medicine alone. Using evidence from scientific studies regarding the beneficial effects of prayer on health, Dossey has here fashioned a kind of how-to manual for incorporating prayer into the process of healing. After first defining prayer as an attitude of the heart whose content is neither shaped by nor limited to a single religious tradition, Dossey then proceeds to explore the infinite variety of forms that prayer may take. Dossey's holistic vision challenges narrow religious views of prayer as well as conventional medical method of healing.
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The book is well written. I like his use of research to add insight into the healing benefits of prayer.Published 21 months ago by Dr Helen Mendes Love, MSW
Very Shallow - Trite - May be interesting to someone just recently acquainted to Christianity and Prayer.
Good perhaps for a First Grade Primer on Prayer ... Read more
Beliefs make a difference... science now supports the benefits of prayer... learn and achieve benefits of prayer and medicine... balance... harmonyPublished on March 14, 2013 by peabody
Loved it, loved it, loved it! Dr Dossey really knows how to capture your attention, and he explains why doctors, and all of us need to pray for our love ones. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by R. Carter Thomas
I already believed in prayer, but I feel more motivated to use prayer after reading all the scientific research that has undeniably proven its power. Great stories. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by S. LaBossiere
The short chapters in this book are meant to be enjoyed in any order you choose. "Prayer is good medicine" examines the scientific study of prayer: controversies, findings and... Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by Carrie Bradshaw
Not what I exspected. More New Agey. Don't buy I think you might be diapointed.Published on June 27, 2008 by Jeannie Smith