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ss triple helix - summer 2010,  Grasping Heaven

Grasping Heaven

A young doctor's journey to China and beyond
Annelies & Einar Wilder-Smith
  • Armour Publishing 2010
  • £8.33 Pb 320pp
  • ISBN 978 9 81427 019 9
Grasping Heaven recounts two great adventures in the life of Tami Fisk, a brilliant young Christian doctor from the USA. Despite her gifts for medical research, Tami chose to serve and love the marginalised poor in a mountainous area of southwest China where both medical facilities and living conditions were basic.

The other adventure was not her choice. Back in the USA doing a medical fellowship, she discovered a melanoma behind her ear. While she had successfully battled to adapt to the customs and lifestyles of the Chinese and her international colleagues, battling against cancer was far harder. The story shows that whatever life brought, Tami had a special shield in her faith in God. Whether from her Bible or received in her prayer times, she knew how to draw from a very deep spiritual well. Such was her example, that when both adventures came to an end, those around her were richer for having known her.

The authors were two medical colleagues with whom Tami worked, lived, and grew in faith. This story will inform and probably amuse those working in a cross-cultural context, and medics will be interested in her fascinating medical career. Above all, Tami's story will warm and challenge all readers.
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