From Orphan to Physician: The Winding Path

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About the book: In this book, Dr. Chan describes how, during the civil war that occurred in China after World War II, his family escaped to Hong Kong, how they survived in utter poverty, and how he went from being an orphan to graduating from Harvard Medical School and becoming a cardiologist. The writing is fluent, easy to read and understand. The sequence of events is realistic, emotionally moving, spiritually touching, heart-warming, and thought provoking. The author repeatedly experienced God's miracles, ...
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Overview

About the book: In this book, Dr. Chan describes how, during the civil war that occurred in China after World War II, his family escaped to Hong Kong, how they survived in utter poverty, and how he went from being an orphan to graduating from Harvard Medical School and becoming a cardiologist. The writing is fluent, easy to read and understand. The sequence of events is realistic, emotionally moving, spiritually touching, heart-warming, and thought provoking. The author repeatedly experienced God's miracles, enabling him to accomplish much. Yet he constantly hid himself and gave glory to God. The book illustrates a truth that passes the test of time: a successful person must possess diligence, perseverance, humility, and other virtues. But most importantly, one must have faith in order to walk through life's winding path. - Adapted from the Foreword by Rev. Peter Lai

From the Preface: Those who do not know me that well know only that I graduated from Princeton and Harvard, and that I am the Chief of Cardiology and Assistant Physician-In-Chief of a medical center. Usually people are very surprised when I tell them I grew up in an orphanage.... As I reflect on my life, I can see many twists and turns. The most comforting thing is that God chose me to be His child even before I knew Him. When I lost my earthly father, He stepped in to fill the void and become my heavenly Father. At different stages of my life, He sent different people to help me out. When I fell, He lifted me up. When I strayed from Him, He gently guided me back to the right path.... I want to share my life story with others not because I am rich and famous, or that I have anything of which I can boast, but because I am convinced that God has a perfect plan for each of us. There is a reason He allows all the twists and turns, crossroads and tunnels in each of our lives.

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"In this book, Dr. Chan describes how his family escaped to Hong Kong, how they survived in utter poverty, and how he went from being an orphan to graduating from Harvard Medical School and becoming a cardiologist. The writing is fluent, easy to read and understand. The sequence of events is realistic, emotionally moving, spiritually touching, heart-warming, and thought provoking. The author repeatedly experienced God’s miracles, enabling him to accomplish much. Yet he constantly hid himself and gave glory to God.

The book illustrates a truth that passes the test of time: a successful person must possess diligence, perseverance, humility, and other virtues. But most importantly, one must have faith in order to walk through life’s winding path."

-Excerpted from the Foreword by Rev. Peter Lai

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939267184
  • Publisher: Healthy Life Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chun-Wai Chan, MD-MPH, is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently Chief of Cardiology and Assistant Physician-In-Chief at Kaiser Medical Center in Fresno, California. Since 1997 Dr. Chan has also been the speaker for numerous marriage enrichment retreats and communication seminars throughout the United States and abroad, helping couples improve their family relationships. He also founded the Children's Garden Foundation, raising funds to build and support orphanages and elementary schools in China.
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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Inspiring story-trust me!

    I received a complimentary copy of From Orphan to Physician by Chun-Wai Chan, who is Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, CA, among other things. I'm involved with the Boulder Chinese Baptist Church in Boulder, CO, and have helped young adult friends attending the University of Colorado here. Mastering English, fitting into an alien culture, and succeeding in university classes is a tough struggle, and I wondered how this man, a displaced person and refugee, had managed. His story is extraordinary!

    As I read, I kept wishing he had used more narrative techniques, such as dialogue and sensory details. However, his simple prose underlines the factuality of what he's saying. There's no imagination, no haze of memory in this book. He states clearly and concisely what he and others did and how he felt. As a young child, he was left at an orphanage because the family couldn't afford to feed him. He excelled in his studies, made friends, accepted the Lord, changed his attitude toward life, emigrated to the United States . wow!

    He shares his faith, his losses, his challenges, and his family life in a straightforward manner that is more convincing than a descriptive story-format would have been. I finished the last page with several feelings: I'd trust this man as a physician; I'd like to have him as a friend; I wish I could ask his advice about some situations. God has greatly blessed Dr. Chan, and he in turn has blessed countless others, including all who will read his book. I strongly recommend you join that group. You won't regret it.

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