The Brazilian Healer with the Kitchen Knife: And Other Stories of Mystics, Shamans, and Miracle-Makers

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Moved by her own struggle to recover from breast cancer, Sandy Johnson explores with curiosity and a measure of healthy skepticism the work of healers, miracle-makers, and transformers of the mind, body, and soul. She travels the world— from a beachside compound in Hawaii to a remote village in Brazil— to meet face-to-face with the most acclaimed healers. She often experiences their work first-hand and reports, with fascinating detail, the story of their real-life miracles and incredible feats. She also writes ...

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Moved by her own struggle to recover from breast cancer, Sandy Johnson explores with curiosity and a measure of healthy skepticism the work of healers, miracle-makers, and transformers of the mind, body, and soul. She travels the world— from a beachside compound in Hawaii to a remote village in Brazil— to meet face-to-face with the most acclaimed healers. She often experiences their work first-hand and reports, with fascinating detail, the story of their real-life miracles and incredible feats. She also writes about the wonder of the "placebo effect," which seems to give some people the faith they need to begin healing on their own.

You'll meet Katie Engelhardt, a young woman from Tennessee, who is able to intuit and then often heal the ailments of people while in a trancelike state. Sometimes, after entering her trance, goldlike metal flakes appear on her face, neck, back, and hands. In another chapter, "Bundji," an Australian man with Aboriginal ancestors, tells how he was led to resurrect the healing methods of his people and now travels the world to heal those in need with "love, light, and energy." Dr. Ruth Ziemba, a traditionally trained nurse and chiropractor, explains why her treatments require only the lightest pressure with hands her patients say emanate an intense, healing heat.

You'll also meet John of God, the Brazilian with the kitchen knife, who treats as many as 3,000 people at a time, excising tumors, ending blindness, and curing arthritis and cancer at his Casa de San Inacio in a remote Brazilian village.

The Brazilian Healer with the Kitchen Knife grants an unprecedented view of this simultaneously ancient and modern phenomenon, and its most compelling practitioners. Sandy Johnson allows you to meet these spiritual magicians so that you can attempt to understand their gifts and motivations, and witness the best and worst of their work.

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In her new book, the author of The Book of Tibetan Elders: Life Stories and Wisdom of the Great Spiritual Masters of Tibet and The Book of Elders: The Life Stories of Great American Indians introduces us to healers and mystics at work in our modern world, mostly in the United States. Johnson's is a personal quest for "legitimate" healers, people with a reputation for helping those in need without huge benefits to themselves. Her quest leads her to search out these healers and then have them use their healing powers on her. In addition to her own experience, she tells stories about others they have helped, the techniques they use, and how each healer came to discover and use his or her powers. As a cancer survivor, Johnson has experienced the miracle of modern medicine, but while researching this book she experienced another type of modern miracle-a miracle that she believes reflects the power of faith and belief. This unique and fascinating work will enable readers to explore the lives of modern healers and glimpse a world that few enter. Highly recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries with an interest in "mystics, shamans, and miracle-makers."-Mary E. Jones, Cty. of Los Angeles P.L., Agoura Hills Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579546861
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/4/2003
  • Edition description: Autographed Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Johnson attended the University of Pennsylvania, the New School for Social Research, CIDOC in Cuernavaca, and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, and the Actors Studio in Los Angeles. Johnson has appeared in numerous television shows and feature films. She has also written several screenplays and television episodes and is the author of five fiction and nonfiction works. She lives in Marina Del Rey, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    loved it

    For someone interested in psychic healing this is a wonderfully fascinating account of so called miracle cures. It really does leave one wondering if there isn't something revealed here to be further studied and researched.

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