From the doctor who founded America's largest faith-based health clinic for the uninsured comes an illuminating look at the relationship between a person's physical health and his spiritual well-being! Illustrating his message with engaging real-life stories, Morris puts a human face on the hot topic of health care and lays out a biblical framework for wellness. 256 pages, hardcover from Barbour.
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Review 1 for Health Care You Can Live With: Discover Wholeness in Body and Spirit
I have to admit that I expected this book to be more about the state of our healthcare system today and how to fix it. I was in for a wonderfully huge surprise!
Dr. Morris speaks about faith-based health care, more specifically about Church Health Center Wellness in Memphis, Tennessee, as an example of how health care can and does work. That health care does not and will not work through the government.
Dr. Morris makes health care personal. You are to decide your own preventive health care. He explains in quite detail how this can work. And I found it to be doable for the most part–some disabilities need extra special care and planning. Patients are continually encouraged to do their part!
Since Dr. Morris is also a pastor, he isn’t suggesting that we actually work on our own preventive health care alone. It takes the word of God, His power in our lives, and obedience to His direction–a willingness to change some unhealthy lifestyles. His book, Health Care You Can Live With, shows how your physical health is affected by your spiritual well-being.
I was impressed with the virtues that he also incorporates in his Church Health Center Wellness. They include the following and are based on the Word of God:
Put on Compassion Put on Kindness Put on Humility Put on Gentleness Put on Patience Put on Forgiveness Put on Love, The Binding Agent
He concludes his book with practical goals you can develop, by writing a SMART goal for each area of your life you want/need to change. He talks about how we can succeed through God, family, friends, and community to keep us accountable. We don’t have to do this alone. And he urges us to be prepared and plan ahead–don’t wait for a crisis.
The personal stories are poignant, but they are cases he deals with on a daily basis. He shares them to enhance the point he is making.
In today’s world economy and health crisis, I would recommend that everyone read this book, making life changes that count in your favor.
This book was proved by Audra Jennings of B&B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.
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Review 2 for Health Care You Can Live With: Discover Wholeness in Body and Spirit
Dr Scott Morris is the founder of the Church Health Center in Memphis, TN. Dissatisfied with the quality of health care offered, Dr. Morris set out to set a new standard of health care. He chose to approach health care through the eyes of the Great Physician - seeing not only the symptoms but looking into the cause of these things. He set out to change health care one patient at a time by investing in that person as an individual creation of God, valued by God, and loved beyond measure. By addressing not only the physical symptoms but the spiritual and emotional well-being of the person Dr. Morris taught how to treat the physical by also treating the spiritual and emotional. In no way or at no time does the author undermine or negate the need for medical professionals but does call into question the use of simply treating the symptoms for the sake of a temporary fix. This is an excellent book with great personal stories of God's power in the lives of individuals. Thank you B&H for this review copy.
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Review 3 for Health Care You Can Live With: Discover Wholeness in Body and Spirit
Morris knows healthcare has to change. He also knows healthcare is not just broken bodies. It is broken lives too. The Bible is clear that God's people are to care for the poor, the sick, widows and orphans. He suggests churches and Christians get involved by reclaiming the biblical mandate for healing. Historically Christians offered hospitals. The situation changed in the nineteenth century when hospitals became places to heal the sick and church became places to heal the spirit. Expensive technology “doesn't make you better.” (35) “So forget the expensive machines,” he advises. (36) What really makes people healthy is, “Understanding what it means to be well – body and spirit.” (38) “Being disease free does not make you healthy. In fact, disease has little to do with whether a person is well.” (81) He says, “...wellness has to do with whether the person can see God's presence in a way that draws the person forward into the glory of the kingdom of God.” (81) “No one else can change your level of wellness,” he says. “You have to do that for yourself.” (112) “We cannot truly be well without the virtues. They are fundamental to understanding how we are connected to God to God and how God wants us to be connected to each other.” (119) Morris runs a clinic in Tennessee for those unable to afford healthcare. People who visit the clinic see a health coach and are taught about nutrition, activity, family, emotional life, work, and faith. Morris has the “conviction that God's will is for you to live a full, abundant life in God's kingdom.” (235) His book has a model for healthy living and gives the reader a framework for implementing a wellness plan. Reading this book will help you to plan your life and faith and move toward genuine wellness. This book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group.