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The Healer (Fraud or Miracle? Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00QIJ4DJ6
- Publication date : January 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1532 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I got very caught up in this story. Erica's experience seemed very real to me the whole time, and I really wanted her to be cured!
Our heroine, suffering from Stage 4 cancer, having exhausted all that traditional medicine can do for her, finds herself at the mercy of a faith healer, a practitioner of alternative medicine, energy medicine and Qi Gong, Reiki, and much more. But his unique abilities go far beyond his adeptness with esoteric practices; he has the gift as it were. He presents as a guru type who is a lot more than mere hype, going from the well documented success stories working with people who were never suckers for New Age medicine. Quite the opposite. They were inclined like our heroine to be entirely skeptical and to have marched their way in and out of his care with an army of scientists to demonstrate that their incurable cancer had indeed been cured. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it kinda is.
The mysterious figure who she entrusts her life to is a complex, not exactly trustworthy figure. He reminded me of the spiritual guide in the Carlos Castaneda books who can’t be taken at face value, and who may be willing to teach and heal as much through treachery, menace, misuse of power, and whatever other entirely Machiavellian measures he deems necessary. And he is a man of some ego, no shortage of moodiness. And if there is something larger than life about him, there’s also something all too painfully human about him, and not in a good way. In short, I wouldn’t want to have to trust my life to this guy. He’s quite scary. And his actual motivations for getting involved with her therapy are never entirely clear. Is he a noble ends-justifies-the-means kind of guy, capable of thus rationalizing his totally unsavory tactics? Or are his ends every bit as uninspiring as his means?
Only through reading the book and taking the heroine’s journey with her can you come to truly know the answers to these questions. And as you do just that, you experience the terror along with her, the emotional doubts and insecurities, the ups and downs, the kaleidoscope of emotions on display that is dealing with death and dying in a truly self-transformative way; a way that forces self-transcendence to some degree, win, lose, or draw. You begin to wonder early on if her anxiety attacks, the parade of misgivings and paranoid ideation are part of the intense healing of mind, body and spirit that can only be accomplished with total surrender to a spiritual master—as legends tell us. Or if they’re simply entirely sane reactions to this bizarre healer and her fears are entirely justified.
I’ve read quite a few books penned by spiritual masters, including an unusual Russian figure by the name of Gurdjieff, and P. D. Ouspensky, one of his disciples who wrote heavily about him. Students’ accounts of Gurdjieff and what it was like to deal with the man and the healer were quite similar to what our heroine undergoes with her faith healer. Does that mark him as the genuine article? Or just another nut case, to whom she’s just signed over all of her wealth and belongings? Once again, you just have to take the journey to find out, and very possibly, in taking it with her, you’ll be more than just fascinated, you’ll undergo some healing, some transformation, and some self-transcendence yourself. Which I think is very much the point in a novel of this sort.
One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre of spiritual fiction. That also goes for books on people dealing with cancer and or some other terminal illness, and struggling with the self-transformative process that implies. So, needless to say, highly recommended.
At first, you think the story is the classic "girl is dying, girl searches for healer, girl finds healer, girl is healed." But it's so much more than that. Both healer and patient are at a crossroads, defining which way their lives will go. Fischer takes the reader on one hell of a journey.
Fischer makes you feel the enormity and depth of desperation Erica is feeling, believing this rather bizarre healer may be her one and only chance to survive terminal cancer. He deftly melds into the story the ever present and ongoing argument between alternative healing and Big Pharmaceuticals...*Note~Most of the latter comes from the former. At any rate, I found myself questioning what I would do, how far would I go to survive imminent death. The true beauty in this story is Fischer's ability to humanize the relationship between healer and patient...flaws, idiosyncrasies and all, the healer is as human as the rest of us.
The story is emotional and captivating, beautifully written with some twists I didn't expect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
Beautifully done! Bravo Mr. Fischer!
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And I wasn't wrong.
The book takes along the journey of healing, concentrating on Erika, a hard-nosed businesswoman diagnosed with the late stages of pancreatic cancer.
She finds an infamous healer, by the name of Arpan, who was renowned twenty years before, for. healing suffers, then. it was like he disappeared from the face of the earth.
Arpan is recommended to Erika by her personal assistant, who helps her to find where he is hidden, and she goes on to convince him to treat her.
There are so many twists and turns within this, from the scepticism of those who don't believe in any kind of healing that isn't scientifically proven, to the actual storyline, and the connections that arise.
Oh, and the ending!
A good read.
The book is a study of desperation and doubt. The healer and his patient go on an intimate journey that transforms them both and explores beliefs about alternative and Western Medicine. While the healing process continues, more factors come into play to complicate the situation and it is this, with twists, character depth and development, that grips the reader all the way to an ending that left me breathless. A very entertaining page-turning read I highly recommend.