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Peace, Love and Healing: Bodymind Communication & the Path to Self-Healing: An Exploration

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A classic of patient empowerment, Peace, Love & Healing offered the revolutionary message that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves. Now proven by numerous scientific studies, the connection between our minds and our bodies has been increasingly accepted as fact throughout the mainstream medical community. In a new introduction, Dr. Bernie Siegel highligths curr ...more
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Published January 1st 1900 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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picked up this book in 2007 when my dad was dying of cancer along with a bunch of other books on grieving, loss and death. I had read his other book Love, Medicine and Miracles. However, I didn't read it. I bought it to give to my dad, but he didn't need it. He had put his affairs in order and he had made up his mind about how he wanted to exit his life. It stayed on my shelf, until this year. My husband of 38 years left. I was devastated by the loss of my life partner, someone I thought I would ...more
The book was very insightful and helped me understand in a deeper way that there’s more to a disease than its physical aspects. I liked that he tries to empower readers and show that they can still exercise agency in spite of their seemingly incurable illness. In the book, he gives 5 questions that people should ask themselves – What does your illness mean to you? Why do you need your illness and what benefits do you derive from it, etc. It especially helped me see that the most important questi ...more
Great motivating read

I have Crowing Disease and this book has helped me deal with my doctors appointments and fears that come with them. it has given me empowerment to take control of my treatment and I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with chronic illness.
You don't have to be suffering from a serious illness to get something good out of this book. I thought it was wonderful and gives people permission to be who they truly are. He also dispels the idea that just because our mental and emotional health play into our overall health does not mean we are failures because we get sick. His point is that we need to live life to the fullest with all it's ups and downs. That is our job. That is what we are here to do.
I am thinking my list of books read this year is going to be a dead giveaway to the type of year it was for me :). Having said that . . All the books I read we're a saving grace and I am SO grateful to have been guided to each one. Bernie Siegel has a wonderful way of explaining how to find a positive outlook on some of life's most difficult circumstances. I learned to really like him from the words he wrote.
This was an excellent book on finding true healing. Siegel is a surgeon who gives his patients his care and believes that they can learn from their illness and find peace whether a cure comes or not. He also discusses the "placebo" effect and how effective it can be in curing illness. I'm amazed at his insight and the truths he has presented and the stories he shared from his medical practice. It was truly inspiring and I feel that it was useful for me personally, and also as I work as a natural ...more
Christian Guenette
Beautiful book, lovely man.
This book validated all the personal theories I had about the power of the body-mind connection to heal a person. Wonderful real-life examples of miracles witnessed first-hand.
Over the years, I have bought dozens of copies to give to my patients -- best example of hope I can give for anyone dealing with a serious health crisis. Thank you, Bernie!
Lynn Pribus
As healing and loving as LOVE, MEDICINE AND MIRACLES. He takes great care to point out that some people interpreted his first book to mean that people make themselves sick, and he wanted to correct that thought.

Or at least the GUILT that people feel when they are sick, thinking they did something to cause or deserve it.

This man is a true mensch!
This is a great book. It has really helped me through my journey with lung cancer. My dearest friend Jo Newhouse recommended this book. She first read it when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 40. That was 1974 And it is still widely read. It is not just for people going cancer.
Jess Macallan
This is a beautifully written book on the power of healing, the mind/body connection, and the indomitable spirits of amazing people. Insightful, honest and powerful. I highly recommend this book for anyone who knows someone dealing with life-changing disease.
charlotte Phillips
This author was recommended to me by Mr. Rainville, and I am very grateful to him for that. Bernie gets a little cheesy on occasion, but he’s got some great points about the nature of healing. It’s been a fascinating read.
B. Campbell
Dr Siegel's theology is a little different from mine. Yet he has some wonderful advice of how to fight cancer. I'm glad his books were available to help me in my cancer battle.
My favorite line from the book: "Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation."
Fab x one that's definitely staying on the bookshelf as part of my tool kit xx
This book changed my life. Thanks, Bernie! You are the best!
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“Of course, we often think we have to get sick literally in order to get the rest or pleasure we need in our lives. Bobbie and I therefore taught our children when they were younger that if they needed a day off from school, they should just say that and take a health day, not a sick day. That made them look at life differently. I think all of us need to rethink our attitudes toward health and sickness.” 2 likes
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