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Spiritual healing in a scientific age Hardcover – August 25, 1987


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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition (August 25, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060664843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060664848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Chaffee VINE VOICE on January 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I first read this book upon publication in the 80's while studying at Harvard Divinity School, where the author had studied several decades earlier. (I re-read the book again last week, and found it still at the top of the class.) At the time of my first reading, I found little written on the topic of spiritual healing, even though I had access to Harvard's great libraries. In the interim, the literature on this topic has flourished, mostly from the pens of MD's who have earned the ire of their colleagues for breaking lockstep with the "church of medicine". And I've read most of those authors: Benson, Chopra, Segal, Dossey, Weil, et al. Those names are nearly 'household' while Peel remains unknown -- a travesty, as in many ways his intellectual rigor is their equal, and his familiarity with the subject eclipses them all.

The spiritual healing which Peel describes is not an alternative "medical" approach to healing. It is a path apart. His work disabuses the reader of the materialistic worldview of medicine by first describing a healing of cancer through prayer which was witnessed and participated in by a medical doctor who conducted a prayer group in St Louis. This healing appears on p.17, concluding simply that the change of state, from matter to energy, should have resulted in a nuclear event (the disappearance of 38 pounds of tumor overnight!) sufficent to level a small city, according to modern physics. Of course, materialists would say: "Impossible!" And here I will quote Richard Feynman's definition of science as "the belief in the ignorance of authority." Mary Baker Eddy wrote: "Impossibilities never occur." The event is well documented, as are all of the many healings attested to in this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
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Peel discusses a variety of spiritual healing practices and experiences, and provides a wonderful description of the Christian Science movement. The practice of spiritual healing through silent prayer, practiced with great success for over 130 years, is fully explored. The story beginning on page 54 of a tragically deformed and seemingly hopless infant, who regains complete normalcy through Christian Science prayerful treatment, is worth the price of the book. For those who want a very interesting book about spiritual healing and Christian Science practice. this is a very good choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Newton on April 10, 2008
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My mother was, and several of my extended family are Christian Scientists, but I could never quite "wrap my head around it" enough to practice it as a lifestyle. I bought and read Mr. Peel's book years ago, and it was a "good read". I had danced back and forth with Science, eventually giving up on it as a lifestyle for me. BUT, I had a premature infant in a hospital 22 years ago, and I KNOW that the prayers that were prayed for the efficacy of the doctors and staff treating my baby worked. (if one is under medical treatment it conflicts with Christian Science treatment, but one can ask for prayerful support of the care-givers). I've seen healings, and I've seen it "not work" just like conventional medicine doesn't "work" all the time. Actually, CS probably has a better track record, but Scientists don't toot their horns over every success. You don't hear about the little everyday ones. People need to understand that this is a viable path of life to follow, not just medically, and Mr. Peel's readable style drew me on to the end. It relaxed my guilt over not being able to BE one, opened my heart to TOTALLY respect Christian Science treatment and the people who rely on it. More and more medical doctors don't dismiss spiritual healing anymore. This book provides a layman with an authentic look into Christian Science.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackie M. Sthilaire VINE VOICE on December 16, 2003
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Robert Peel gives a wonderful background understanding of Christian Science and spiritual healing.
Many testimonies including his own personal family's add to the authenticity of his writing.
Well worth the read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caren C. Ryan on July 6, 2002
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A great book by Robert Peel describling factually how individuals used Christian Science treatment in medicially hopeless situations. If the situation is hopeless, why not try Christian Science as these people did and give oneself another option, life? It is important for people to know that in the early movement of Christian Science, as today, people were healed by simply reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. It is "a very present help in trouble"..The Bible
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sibley VINE VOICE on January 20, 2007
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It is difficult to dismiss seventh century healings as mere fables. Yet, there are always medical skeptics who speak of spontaneous remission. Biomedicine rests on the concept of the human being as a physical organism.

The human spirit is larger than the specialized activities of humans. Today followers of scientific and religious orthodoxy are scandalized by spiritual healing. There is a tendancy to write off spiritual healing as a product of suggestion or the placebo effect. It is thought the diseases healed are psychosomatic or hysterical.

Sometimes the words used are anecdotal evidence. This puts the issue into some sort of pejorative category. Christian Science healing is one way of worshipping God. Peel claims emotional coercion is contrary to Christian Science ethics. (Critics of Christian Science would not support such an assertion.)

Many individual cases are considered in the latter half of the book where selected testimonies of healing are set forth in considerable detail. Peel makes his points with much persuasive force.
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