God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Connection / Edition 1by Jeff Levin
Pub. Date: 08/01/2002
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Jeff 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, and faith in God. Drawing on his own and other published studies, Dr. Levin shows how religion's emphasis on healthy behaviors and supportive… See more details below
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Jeff 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, and faith in God. 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. Filled with dramatic personal stories, God, Faith, and Health will alter the way you think about your body and your faith and will show you the path to improving your own health through spiritual practice.
"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
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Table of ContentsForeword by Larry Dossey, M.D.
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.
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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.