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A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the by Daniel P. Sulmasy

By Daniel P. Sulmasy

Once hardly mentioned in scientific circles, the connection among spirituality and wellbeing and fitness has develop into a massive subject in overall healthiness care. this transformation is evidenced in classes on faith and drugs taught in such a lot clinical faculties, articles in journals equivalent to the New England magazine of Medicine, and meetings being held all around the nation. but, a lot of the dialogue of the position of faith and spirituality in healthiness care retains the serious distance of basically being about spirituality. A Balm for Gilead is going extra, supplying a piece of spirituality.

Sulmasy strikes among the poetic and the speculative, addressing his topic within the culture of serious non secular writers like Augustine and Bonaventure. He attracts from philosophical and theological sources—specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture—to light up how the paintings of therapeutic is integrally tied to a feeling of the divine and our final interconnectedness. well-being care professionals—and a person else concerned with the care of the unwell and dying—will locate this sequence of meditations either inspiring and instructive.

Sulmasy addresses the religious malaise that physicians, nurses, and different healthiness care staff event of their specialist lives, and explores how those Christian healers should be encouraged to persevere within the care of the in poor health. Drawing at the parable of the prodigal son, for example, Sulmasy illustrates how a few physicians have positioned monetary achieve sooner than their sufferers, and the way real spirituality may switch their hearts. He examines either enigmatic themes akin to the connection among sinfulness, disorder, and anguish and the spirituality of extra regimen themes akin to preventive medication. in a single specially stirring and poignant meditation, he displays at the spirituality of death within the mild of Christian hope.

A Balm for Gilead interweaves prayer and mirrored image, pointing the right way to a twenty-first-century spirituality for healthiness care pros and their patients.

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