The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer

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Penguin, Apr 1, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 322 pages
Drawing from the latest scientific research, as well as numerous illustrative case studies, The Faith Factor offers convincing proof that religious practices can and do enhance the healing powers of medicine. And nationally renowned physician Dale A. Matthews offers a program any patient can follow to incorporate faith into their own healing.

Dr. Matthews points out that encouraging an integration of religious beliefs and practices in medical settings can have important benefits for the entire medical community?from patients and doctors to national health policy makers. He shows how the national trend toward rediscovering religious values has led many patients to use prayer in conjunction with conventional treatment, and that the results have already confirmed that faith and religious practice can be valuable medicine. Finally, Dr. Matthews helps readers explore the connection between faith and medicine in their own lives through methods of prayer, community worship, and study of Scripture.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Science
13
The Faith Factor
15
Too Good to Be True? A Critical Look at the Faith Factor
35
Healing the Body Restoring Our Physical Selves
60
Healing the Mind Finding a Lasting Peace
83
Healing Addictions Regaining Our Freedom
105
The Quality of Life Living Abundantly
134
Spirituality
175
Developing a Spiritual Program Seeking God in Your Life
177
Prayer Conversation with God
198
The Riches of the Bible A Handbook for Healing
223
Spiritual Community Living Together in Love
248
Synthesis
267
Medicine in the Twentyfirst Century Reconciling the Twin Traditions of Healing
269
Copyright

Faith and Mortality Transforming Death
157

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Dale A. Matthews, M.D. is associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the author of three previous books. He has appeared on Oprah and Today and has been featured in such publications as McCall?s, Harper?s, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. He lives near Washington, D.C.

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