Hard Questions about Health and Healing
By: Andrew Fergusson
Published CMF: (2011)
Price for CMF student members: £4
The book begins by looking at the foundations of what we believe as Christians, as a basis for approaching the issues of health and healing, It discusses the need for a balance between the physical view on healing that most doctors have and the spiriitual view that Christians might have, and how this gap could be bridged by the church. The issue of 'cure' versus 'healing' is a key topic. Healing includes aspects that re physical, social, psychological and spiritual and is therefore a much more holistic approach. A brief look at the issue of suffering is important in investigating the tension between the promise of a future free from all suffering and the broken world we live in now. The author talks very practically about why and how we should pray for healing, and how we can deal with the outcome - God always answers prayer but not always in the way we want. Many personal and clinical examples help to illustrate his points, and make this an extremely engaging and insightful read. I strongly recommend it!
Review by Sarah Montgomer-Taylor, Oxford