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5.0 out of 5 stars SPIRITUALLY & MEDICALLY SOUND, December 15, 2009
This review is from: A More Excellent Way: Be in Health (Paperback)
As a practicing physician for 17 years; one who has studied and practiced medicine in South Africa and at Duke University with an additional Masters degree in science, I strongly recommend this book for those who want to understand God's perspective on sickness and health and those for whom medicine has nothing to offer other than chronic or harmful medication. From a medical perspective, the spiritual roots identified in A More Excellent Way are entirely consistent with the scientific findings of modern mind-body medicine, called psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology. The associations between stress, anxiety and fear and specific diseases are well established. What is important, and unique about this book, is that it identifies fear, guilt and shame, and their various extensions, as sin - which indeed they are. It is a verifiable scientific fact that their effects specifically parallel specific parts of the body: Fear affects tissues of the skin, nervous system and electrical supply of the heart and cardiovascular system directly (i.e., the ectoderm derivatives); guilt, anger and bitterness affect the musculoskeletal system (mesoderm derivatives); and shame affects the intestines and endocrine system (endoderm derivatives). So the specific medical associations are valid but far more detailed than medicine has been able to prove to date. What this book does is to allow the believer to identify these problems, repent for them as sin, and renew (recalibrate) their mind to God's truth. This important component is where mind-body medicine is still floundering: It identifies the problems but offers limited solutions. So I would like to encourage readers to come on the same side of their Creator and be restored. Christ himself made a clear association between sin and disease in several places in the Gospels. Paul said that not discerning the Lord's body (i.e., not taking the atonement seriously through self examination) led to disease and premature death and James confirms there are diseases that are unto death and in need of repentance rather than prayer. So, in a world where believers are sick and dying at a rate that seems no different from the world of unbelievers, with medicine having less and less to offer at ever-increasing costs, we need to rethink our theology. This book is the first important step in that direction. It encourages us to be Christ-centered but also Christ-like.
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This was the most insightful and powerful review. I want to get to the root, and live... thank you Dr. Conje for your wisdom and heart. This has been extremely beneficial to me!
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