The Healer's Calling: A Spirituality for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals

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With extraordinary grace and passion, Franciscan friar and physician Daniel Sulmasy speaks to the spiritual longing of healers. He points to where God may be found in health care; how faithful clinicians might persevere in the midst of the suffering and uncertainty that is part of daily practice; how and when a doctor or nurse might pray; and how genuine Christian joy can still be found in the healing arts.

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Overview

With extraordinary grace and passion, Franciscan friar and physician Daniel Sulmasy speaks to the spiritual longing of healers. He points to where God may be found in health care; how faithful clinicians might persevere in the midst of the suffering and uncertainty that is part of daily practice; how and when a doctor or nurse might pray; and how genuine Christian joy can still be found in the healing arts.

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Reviewer: Jeremiah L. Spencer, BA, MA (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book grew out of a retreat for physicians conducted in Canton, Ohio in January, 1996. It is not about spirituality in health care, but spirituality itself.
Purpose: It has been written primarily for health care professionals. It is from a man of faith for comrades in faith, for those of other persuasions, or for those with no faith at all. In a brief book, the author projects a theology of spirituality and a practical bedside manner to complement it.
Audience: He addresses healthcare professionals, as well as anyone who has ever been sick or will be sick. His message is for all of us. He is familiar with noted writers of antiquity and presents their thinking with cogency and authenticity.
Features: The school of spirituality presented is Christian, nurtured in the Roman Catholic tradition, Franciscan in character, and also quite personal. To exemplify his theme the author cites the parable of the Good Samaritan with its challenges and demands as a useful paradigm of what spirituality in medicine could be. His belief system is not dogmatic or proselytizing.
Assessment: This book is a welcome addition to the excellent studies emerging in this field. It offers fundamental concepts with which to define one's spirituality. Other recent works that exemplify this point and complement this concept are Spirituality and Health, Health and Spirituality: A New Journey of Spirit, Mind, and Body by Bruce G. Epperly, PhD (Twenty-third Publications 1997), and Is Religion Good for Your Health: Balm of Gilead or Deadly Doctrine? by Harold O. Koenig, MD (Haworth Pr 1997).
Jeremiah L. Spencer
This book grew out of a retreat for physicians conducted in Canton, Ohio in January, 1996. It is not about spirituality in health care, but spirituality itself. It has been written primarily for health care professionals. It is from a man of faith for comrades in faith, for those of other persuasions, or for those with no faith at all. In a brief book, the author projects a theology of spirituality and a practical bedside manner to complement it. He addresses healthcare professionals, as well as anyone who has ever been sick or will be sick. His message is for all of us. He is familiar with noted writers of antiquity and presents their thinking with cogency and authenticity. The school of spirituality presented is Christian, nurtured in the Roman Catholic tradition, Franciscan in character, and also quite personal. To exemplify his theme the author cites the parable of the Good Samaritan with its challenges and demands as a useful paradigm of what spirituality in medicine could be. His belief system is not dogmatic or proselytizing. This book is a welcome addition to the excellent studies emerging in this field. It offers fundamental concepts with which to define one's spirituality. Other recent works that exemplify this point and complement this concept are Spirituality and Health, Health and Spirituality: A New Journey of Spirit, Mind, and Body by Bruce G. Epperly, PhD (Twenty-third Publications 1997), and Is Religion Good for Your Health: Balm of Gilead or Deadly Doctrine? by Harold O. Koenig, MD (Haworth Pr 1997).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809137299
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Spirituality and the Health Care Professional 5
Ch. 2 Medicine, Love, and the Art of Being Uncertain 21
Ch. 3 The Wine of Fervent Zeal and the Oil of Compassion 37
Ch. 4 God-Talk at the Bedside 55
Ch. 5 Prayer and the Five Senses: A Physician's Meditation 71
Ch. 6 Suffering, Spirituality, and Health Care 91
Ch. 7 Wounded Healers 109
Epilogue: The Joy of Practice 125
Notes 131
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2000

    An intelligent, beautifully-written book

    Drawing upon his experiences as a physician, academic, and friar, Dr. Sulmasy has written a wonderful book for anyone interested in the spiritual aspects of health care delivery. While I am a nurse, I have given the book to non-health care professionals -- who found it useful in their roles as patient and/or family caregiver. The book shows that illness, miserable though that experience is, is also an opportunity for grace.

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