God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Connection

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In God, Faith, and Health, Dr. Levin explores the latest compelling evidence of the connection between health and an array of spiritual beliefs and practices, including prayer, attending religious services, meditation, faith in God, and others. With examples from spiritual traditions as diverse as Christianity, Judaism, and yoga, he looks with an open mind and perceptive eye at the many ways that religious involvement and belief can prevent illness and promote health and well-being. Drawing on his own and other ...
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In God, Faith, and Health, Dr. Levin explores the latest compelling evidence of the connection between health and an array of spiritual beliefs and practices, including prayer, attending religious services, meditation, faith in God, and others. With examples from spiritual traditions as diverse as Christianity, Judaism, and yoga, he looks with an open mind and perceptive eye at the many ways that religious involvement and belief can prevent illness and promote health and well-being. Drawing on his own and other published studies, Dr. Levin shows how religion's emphasis on healthy behaviors and supportive relationships influences one's overall health and how the optimism and hopefulness of those who profess faith promote the body's healing responses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471218937
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,205,752
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF LEVIN, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and former medical school professor, is the pioneering scientist whose research beginning in the 1980s helped create the field of religion, spirituality, and health. He has been featured in Time and the Washington Post as well as on NPR. He lives with his wife, Dr. Lea Steele, in Kansas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Larry Dossey, M.D.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART 1. THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF PUBLIC RELIGION.

Religious Affiliation and a Healthy Lifestyle.

Religious Fellowship and Spiritual Support.

PART 2. THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF PRIVATE SPIRITUALITY.

The Emotional Impact of Worship.

Religious Beliefs, Healthy Beliefs.

Faith, Hope, and Optimism.

PART 3. GOD, SPIRIT, AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE.

Energy, Consciousness, and Mysticism.

To Heal Is Divine.

From Body-Mind to Body-Mind-Spirit.

References.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Energy Medicine ¿ Ph.D.¿s Perspective

    Documenting many studies on the effectiveness of religion and religious participation and devotion, as well as spiritual practices, such as prayer and meditation. It is well written, concise and presents the facts and makes the point: Religion and spirituality, is good for us. Prayer is good for us. Not only are spiritual and religious practices good for us (Levin makes a distinction between the two) once we get sick, but they are great preventative measures. What many of us have known for decades in regards to prayer and faith, he gives us scientific studies to back up our intuitive knowing. What I found most fascinating is that Religion (yes, organized Religion) regardless of what that religion is---assuming it¿s life affirming¿is good for us. And there does not seem to be too much difference in ¿which¿ religion, as long as we feel that it is right for us, and we follow it, to the extent that we practice and participate in it, we get a corresponding positive benefit from it. Reading this book will send lots of folks back to church.

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