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The Gift of Pain: Why We Hurt and What We Can Do about It

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A WORLD WITHOUT PAIN?

Can such a place exist? It not only can?it does. But it?s no utopia. It?s a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences.

His work with leprosy patients in India and the United States convinced Dr. Paul Brand that pain truly is one of God?s great gifts to us. In this inspiring story of his fifty-year career as a healer, Dr. Brand probes the mystery of pain and ...

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Overview

A WORLD WITHOUT PAIN?

Can such a place exist? It not only can—it does. But it’s no utopia. It’s a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences.

His work with leprosy patients in India and the United States convinced Dr. Paul Brand that pain truly is one of God’s great gifts to us. In this inspiring story of his fifty-year career as a healer, Dr. Brand probes the mystery of pain and reveals its importance. As an indicator that lets us know something is wrong, pain has a value that becomes clearest in its absence.

The Gift of Pain looks at what pain is and why we need it. Together, the renowned surgeon and award-winning writer Philip Yancey shed fresh light on a gift that none of us want and none of us can do without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310221449
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 146,861
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Paul Brand, son to missionary parents, was a world-renowned hand surgeon and pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy. He trained in medicine at the University College Hospital in London and and later gained his surgical qualifications whilst working as a casualty surgeon in the London Blitz. After visiting a Leprosy Sanatorium at Chingleput, he was motivated to explore the reasons behind the deformities of this disease. A donation from a missionary woman helped him establish the New Life Rehabilitative Center, which helped dispel the stigma of leprosy amongst medical professionals. He authored and coauthored several books, including Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image.

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    A Book to be treasured.

    For anyone who has ever experienced chronic pain this older book is still the one to own. It has given me a new way to view my pain and work with it instead of against it.
    Dr. Paul Brand is my hero!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2001

    Why pain is good...

    Dr. Brand helps us understand that pain is a gift from God that tells us, 'STOP!' It also can say, 'GET HELP NOW!' Whether the pain is physical, emotional, or spiritual...it is a protection against letting things go too far or too long. Pain actually can keep us safe! This book was such a comfort. I recomend it to anyone who wonders, 'If there IS a God, why do people have to have pain?'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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