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"Jeff Levin writes with incredible clarity, style, and passion. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the religion-health connection, especially those wondering if such a connection exists at all."
-Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, and author of The Healing Power of Faith
"Beautifully written and packed with compelling scientific evidence for the spirituality-health connection . . . . With the precision of a scientist, the courage of a true pioneer, and the artistry of a storyteller, Levin reminds us of what we can no longer afford to ignore: that our spiritual life matters mightily to our health and well-being at every level."
-Janet F. Quinn, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Nursing
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.
Posted February 21, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2012
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