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Prayer Is Good Medicine

How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer
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Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
June, 1997
ISBN:
9780062514240
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This influential physician, formerly Chief of Staff at Dallas Hospital and former cochair of the panel of Mind/Body Interventions, Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health in the U.S., here offers practical methods and illuminating explorations of the what, where, how, and why of the power of prayer to affect our health. In his popular book Healing Words, Dossey provided abundant evidence that praying—for oneself or others—makes a scientifically measurable difference in recovering from illness or trauma. Now, Prayer Is Good Medicine shows us how we can make the most of our own healing prayers.

Dossey’s trademark style of informed and warmly anecdotal writing helps readers examine people’s hopes and expectations of prayer, as well as their anxieties and misconceptions. He addresses common questions and concerns about harnessing the healing potential of prayer, including whether to pray with or without words, when and how much to pray, the role of religion in our health, how the medical establishment feels about prayer, and even how to avoid the destructive side of prayer. He emphasizes that praying is not a replacement for good medical treatment, but instead is a very effective addition to it—it just makes good sense to use both.

Numerous experiments show that sincerity, love, compassion, and empathy are key factors in whether or not prayer works. Relatively unimportant are the private images of the Almighty that may exist in our imagination.... Set aside your ideas of ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’ Experiment with different methods, and be gentle and forgiving of yourself as you do. When your prayer ritual feels awkward and clumsy, smile, pat yourself on the back, and pray anyway.

“The very act of reading the book was, for me, a prayer. Prayer is Good Medicine is nourishment for body, mind, and spirit. Thank you, Dr. Dossey, for giving me, my patients, and the world this loving gift.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

May we let prayer be.

May we allow it to follow the infinite patterns of the human heart.

May we learn to practice the most difficult art, the art of noninterference.

May we be guided by prayer instead of attempting to guide prayer.

May we allow prayer to be what it needs to be, to be what it is.

May we let prayer be.

“Reading Dr. Dossey’s sage words is in itself an experience of prayer—a loving communion through which the ancient antipathy between science and religion is healed.” —Joan Borysenko, author of The Power of the Mind to Heal

Publisher’s Description: 

'With the elegance of simplicity and the precision of science, Dossey shows us how we can create a lasting partnership between faith and medicine.'
DEEPACK CHOPRA, M.D.

Experience the Healing Power of Prayer

From the author of 'The New Y

Physician Larry Dossey - one of today’s foremost authority and most highly sought-after speaker on the relationship between prayer and healing - offers practical methods and illuminating explorations of the what, where, how, and why of the power of prayer to affect our health. Putting aside confounding scientific jargon. Dossey employs his trademark style of informed and warmly anecdotal writing to examine people’s hopes and expectations of prayer, as well as their anxieties and misconceptions. For readers who want to understand the spiritual dimension of health and healing. Dossey has created an invaluable and inspiring resource.

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