Medicine is a genuine ministry. All one need to do is to read the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles to know that the ministry of Jesus and his early disciples was a ministry of preaching and healing. Similarly, St. Francis of Assisi and the early friars preached in city squares and cared for […]
Beauty for Ashes
Daisey Dowell, MD, a physician at Lawndale Christian Health Center shares her incredible testimony, highlighting the faithful presence of God leading her into medicine.
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a […]
On the Far Side of the Liglig Mountain
Thomas Hale On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain is a book that will take you lands away to the mysterious “closed” kingdom of Nepal, where its author, Thomas Hale, and his wife, Cynthia, struggled to serve God as medical doctors. With beguiling humor and humility, Dr. Hale recounts his often amazing (and sometimes almost […]
The Practice of the Presence of God
Brother Lawrence. This short book contains the musings of Brother Lawrence, a 17th century Carmelite monk in France. Throughout the book, he urges his readers to pray continually and remain in constant fellowship with God in the chaotic and the mundane. He expresses the wonderful sense of peace and joy he finds in his work […]
Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Churches, and Charities
Peter Greer and Chris Horst “Keeping an eternal perspective is essential in our work. Mission Drift gives a clear message inspiring and challenging us to intentionally keep Christ at the center of all efforts. As Paul commands us, ‘Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord […]
Contentment: The Secret to a Lasting Call
Richard A. Swenson Swenson, himself a physician, guides his readers to consider the place of contentment in their lives. Ultimately, the only place where true contentment can be found is in Christ. Very helpful for those of us living in the chaos of achievement-oriented culture of medicine. From the Ed. Get this book.
Strangers or Friends: A Proposal for A New Spirituality-in-Medicine Ethic
We argue that debate regarding whether and how physicians should engage religious concerns has proceeded under inadequate terms. The prevailing paradigm approaches dialogue regarding religion as a form of therapeutic technique, engaged by one stranger, the physician, upon another stranger, the patient. This stranger-technique framework focuses the debate on questions of physicians’ competence, threats to […]
Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition
Although hospitality was central to Christian identity and practice in earlier centuries, our generation knows little about its life-giving character. Making Room revisits the Christian foundations of welcoming strangers and explores the necessity, difficulty, and blessing of hospitality today. Combining rich biblical and historical research with extensive exposure to contemporary Christian communities — the Catholic […]
Engage or Run: Reflections from my Intern Year
Brian Lindman Lindman, a seminary graduate and former Vanderbilt student now working as a cardiologist at Washington University, gave this address at the commissioning service for Christian medical students in 2002. A powerful, raw, and sobering account of the caregiving choices—and spiritual opportunities—faced by physicians in training. From Ed. Perhaps the most significant personal transformation […]
The Meaning of Persons
Paul Tournier Tournier was a Swiss physician and author of over twenty volumes on the interface of medicine, theology, and personhood. A contemporary of C.S. Lewis, he has a similar combination of evangelical piety, brilliance, and sacramental mindset. From Ed. Get this book.
Ten Fingers for God: The Life and Work of Dr. Paul Brand
Dorothy Wilson The biography of Dr. Paul Brand, a leading researcher into leprosy treatment. The book gives a wonderful picture of a humble man who sought to serve in whatever culture or environment he found himself. From Ed. Get this book.
Upholding the Vision: Serving the Poor in Training and Beyond
The Hebrew prophets described the flourishing that God intends for creation as shalom, which we could today translate as health in the deepest and most holistic sense. And nowhere is the lack of shalom more evident today than some of the most broken and economically-deprived places. We would do well to work toward to health […]
Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine
Joel Shuman and Brian Volck One of the best books dealing with the intersection of faith and medicine. Written by a Catholic pediatrician and a Methodist theologian. Very thought-provoking for medical professionals and “laity” alike, especially in its polemic against “medical Gnosticism. From Ed. Get this book.
The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society
The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures […]
Something Beautiful for God
In celebration of Mother Teresa’s beatification in October of 2003, HarperOne is proud to present a new edition of the classic work that introduced Mother Teresa to the Western world. Something Beautiful for God interprets her life through her conversations with Malcolm Muggeridge, the quintessential worldly skeptic who experienced a remarkable conversion to Christianity because […]
Medicine as Ministry
Margaret E. Mohrmann Mohrmann is a pediatrician and philosopher at the University of Virginia who thoughtfully examines how Christians should approach medicine. Well worth the price of the book for her chapter on the idolatry of health and medicine. From Ed. Get this book.
Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees
Thomas Hale writes about being a missionary surgeon in the same delightful way James Herriot writes about being a country veterinarian. Dr. Hale’s incredible experience in tiny, mountainous Nepal are surpassed only by his talent for telling about them. Imagine, for example, the culture shock of moving to a Hindu country under such rigid religious […]
God, Medicine & Miracles: The Spiritual Factor in Healing
Have you ever gone into a doctor’s office and come out feeling like a laboratory project rather than a human being? This book offers a refreshing perspective. In Dr. Daniel’s forty years in the medical community, he has discovered an important truth: people find more complete healing when treated as integrated persons – with minds […]