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God, faith, and health : exploring the spirituality-healing connection
Levin, Jeffrey S.
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New York : J. Wiley, [2001]

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xv, 256 pages ; 24 cm
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BL65.M4 L48 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Jeff Levin explores the latest compelling evidence of the connection between health and an array of spiritual beliefs and practices, including prayer, attending religious services, meditation, and faith in God. Drawing on his own and other published studies, Dr. Levin shows how religion's emphasis on healthy behaviors and supportive relationships influences one's overall health and how the optimism and hopefulness of those who profess faith promote the body's healing responses. Filled with dramatic personal stories, God, Faith, and Health will alter the way you think about your body and your faith and will show you the path to improving your own health through spiritual practice. "Jeff Levin writes with incredible clarity, style, and passion. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the religion-health connection, especially those wondering if such a connection exists at all." -Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, and author of The Healing Power of Faith "Beautifully written and packed with compelling scientific evidence for the spirituality-health connection . . . . With the precision of a scientist, the courage of a true pioneer, and the artistry of a storyteller, Levin reminds us of what we can no longer afford to ignore: that our spiritual life matters mightily to our health and well-being at every level." -Janet F. Quinn, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Nursing

Author Notes

Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., a social epidemiologist, is a Senior Research Fellow of the National Institute for Healthcare Research

Table of Contents

Larry Dossey, M.D.
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Health Effects of Public Religionp. 17
1. Religious Affiliation and a Healthy Lifestylep. 19
2. Religious Fellowship and Spiritual Supportp. 45
Part 2 The Health Effects of Private Spiritualityp. 71
3. The Emotional Impact of Worshipp. 73
4. Religious Beliefs, Healthy Beliefsp. 97
5. Faith, Hope, and Optimismp. 125
Part 3 God, Spirit, and the Future of Medicinep. 151
6. Energy, Consciousness, and Mysticismp. 153
7. To Heal Is Divinep. 181
8. From Body-Mind to Body-Mind-Spiritp. 205
Referencesp. 225
Indexp. 248