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Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts
Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain

ISBN 9780789008527
Published February 10, 2000 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

Witness the wonder of divine power when faith in God overcomes human frailty!

Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts: Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain provides chaplains, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and counselors with insight into the experiences of individual hospital patients. You'll learn of the suffering that they endure, and what patients and caretakers can learn about themselves and God through their ordeals. This is a wonderful collection of descriptive, personal, and heartfelt essays, each derived from a visit with a particular patient. These episodes demonstrate the wonder of divine strength manifested in human frailty. You'll see the spiritual aspects of both significant and common events, inspiring you to contemplate and appreciate all of your life experiences. Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts will help you unravel daily questions and problems and encourage you to seek God's eminent presence in all of your experiences.

This intriguing collection demonstrates what it means to be human and what it means to be made in God's likeness. You will explore the heartwrenching struggles of unique individuals, such as:

  • Jimmy Meyer, a three-year-old toddler with a terminal brain tumor, who takes each day for whatever it could offer him. His simple trust teaches us all to grow in our faith and seek the child within ourselves
  • Mr. Nelson, who after suffering a heart attack and facing the possibility of death, recounts how the experience served to turn his life from one of anger and resentment to one of peace and freedom, reminding us all of the healing power of grace when we are willing to receive it
  • Martha Claxton, a fifty-eight-year-old woman battling leukemia. In finally letting go she experiences God's eternal security, inviting each of us to surrender our lives to the One who knows our every need
  • Ms. May, a thirty-eight-year-old with Down's Syndrome, who touches all those whom she comes in contact with. Her ability to live fully in the present moment reminds us that whatever is happening now is worth our undivided attention

    Enlightening and moving, Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts reveals the presence of God in the lives of patients, chaplains, and all those who care for others. You will discover the connection between human vulnerability and spiritual growth.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • And a Child Will Lead Them
  •  Beyond Pity
  • Redeemed by Grace
  • Divine Identity
  • Learning to Be
  • Homecoming
  • Letting Go to Keep From Falling Apart
  • Fertile Ground
  • Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
  • Not Religious, But Real
  • The Man Without a Nose
  • Called to Wait
  • Recollection
  • Faces of Grief
  • Mutual Healing
  • Free to Die
  • Light Shines in the Darkness
  • Good-bye Grandmére
  • Addicted to Pain
  • A Time for Everything
  • God's Poster Child
  • A Longing for Companionship
  • Living in Love
  • Looking Back Through New Lenses
  • Always in Process
  • At a Distance
  • Another Side of Me
  • To Be in Relationship Again
  • Necessary Friction
  • Empty Before God
  • Comfort in Death and in Life
  • Everybody's Savior
  • And God Was in it All
  • Pink Pajamas in Heaven
  • Index
  •  Reference Notes Included

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