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Miracles are happening to exceptional patients every day-patients who have the courage to wok with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery. A wonderful book that every patient and skeptic physician should read If we follow Bernie Siegel's advice, we may all stay younger and healthier for many more years. In these pages is found a precious secret, t Miracles are happening to exceptional patients every day-patients who have the courage to wok with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery. A wonderful book that every patient and skeptic physician should read If we follow Bernie Siegel's advice, we may all stay younger and healthier for many more years. In these pages is found a precious secret, that of health and well-being. I thank God for bernie and his book and know that it is and will be a blessing to all humanity. Love, Medicine and Miracles deserves to be on the same shelf with Norman Cousin's Anatomy of an Illness. Bernie Siegel, M.D., practices surgery in New Haven and teaches at Yale University. In 1978, Siegal started ECaP (Exceptional Cancer Patients), a specialized form of individual and group therapy based on "carefrontation," a loving, safe, therapeutic confrontation that facilitates personal change and healing. This experience led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her own healing potential. In 1988, he bacame president of the American Holistic Medical Association.


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Miracles are happening to exceptional patients every day-patients who have the courage to wok with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery. A wonderful book that every patient and skeptic physician should read If we follow Bernie Siegel's advice, we may all stay younger and healthier for many more years. In these pages is found a precious secret, t Miracles are happening to exceptional patients every day-patients who have the courage to wok with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery. A wonderful book that every patient and skeptic physician should read If we follow Bernie Siegel's advice, we may all stay younger and healthier for many more years. In these pages is found a precious secret, that of health and well-being. I thank God for bernie and his book and know that it is and will be a blessing to all humanity. Love, Medicine and Miracles deserves to be on the same shelf with Norman Cousin's Anatomy of an Illness. Bernie Siegel, M.D., practices surgery in New Haven and teaches at Yale University. In 1978, Siegal started ECaP (Exceptional Cancer Patients), a specialized form of individual and group therapy based on "carefrontation," a loving, safe, therapeutic confrontation that facilitates personal change and healing. This experience led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her own healing potential. In 1988, he bacame president of the American Holistic Medical Association.

30 review for Love, Medicine & Miracles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This book changed my life...forever, when I read it in 1992, when diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). I heard words like "no cure for MS", "nothing you can do", and so on. I was only 29 years old and I decided not to believe any of the words, no matter what research showed, what well-meaning friends said, etc., etc. (lots of etc.'s) after reading this book. The book did not tell me not to face the reality of the illness but to face it in a different way. And I have. The first symptoms of MS st This book changed my life...forever, when I read it in 1992, when diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). I heard words like "no cure for MS", "nothing you can do", and so on. I was only 29 years old and I decided not to believe any of the words, no matter what research showed, what well-meaning friends said, etc., etc. (lots of etc.'s) after reading this book. The book did not tell me not to face the reality of the illness but to face it in a different way. And I have. The first symptoms of MS started when I was 24 years old and now, in 2011, I have had the illness exactly one half of my life (you can do the math). :-) I have been told by more than one doctor comments such as "you shouldn't be walking" (but I am )and "you should be in a nursing home" (but I am not). I live independently, have lots of goals for my life, and try to live my life one day at the time within the limits of the illness (yes, there are limits especially since I am getting older too). :-) The illness affects every patient differently so just because they are not like me, doesn't mean that they have not done something right for themselves, or that I am doing everything right for myself. I have read many books in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (or mind-body connection to health) since then. Using Love, Medicine and Miracles I started my road in life owning my decisions, good or bad, negative or positive, and not letting outside circumstances alone own my life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    A thoughtful friend gave this book to me when she knew of sorrow in my life, dealing with my Mom's breast cancer. When I first started to read it I thought that everyone with a career in health care should read this to help them deal with patients. It's written by a cancer surgeon who has recorded lessons he learned over the years of dealing with 'exceptional' patients. And as I read more I realized that really EVERYONE should read this - it's about SO much more than cancer. It's full of life le A thoughtful friend gave this book to me when she knew of sorrow in my life, dealing with my Mom's breast cancer. When I first started to read it I thought that everyone with a career in health care should read this to help them deal with patients. It's written by a cancer surgeon who has recorded lessons he learned over the years of dealing with 'exceptional' patients. And as I read more I realized that really EVERYONE should read this - it's about SO much more than cancer. It's full of life lessons for everyone. It did take me a little while to read it since it's so full of medical experiences and studies - sometimes it reads like a textbook. But it took me a while mostly because there were SO many amazing thoughts that I eventually had to type them all up. (Yes, I typed up 3 pages of my favorite thoughts from the book - at first to give to my Mom - but really it's for me too, and anyone/everyone.) It's truly amazing how we can heal ourselves of any trouble, not just physical diseases, with love - putting our mind at peace can allow the body to heal itself. So before I write an essay, I'll leave you with one of my favorite thoughts from page 225. "God has given us free will to make love and life meaningful. This creates a critical risk because we now have the ability to destroy our universe if we choose not to love. We have an infinite number of choices ahead, but a finite number of endings. They are destruction and death or love and healing. If we choose the path of love we save ourselves. Let us choose love and life."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This is written twenty years ago and still the medical profession lags way behind Bernie. He describes the inception of his Cancer self-help group ECaP. He introduces the "exceptional patient" who refuse to accept defeat and teach that mind can dramatically affect the body. Just the descriptions of patients who are supposed to die and don't is worth the read. But not all patients experience "self-induced healing" yet the goal for one and all is health and unconditional love of self. Bernie state This is written twenty years ago and still the medical profession lags way behind Bernie. He describes the inception of his Cancer self-help group ECaP. He introduces the "exceptional patient" who refuse to accept defeat and teach that mind can dramatically affect the body. Just the descriptions of patients who are supposed to die and don't is worth the read. But not all patients experience "self-induced healing" yet the goal for one and all is health and unconditional love of self. Bernie states "If you are suffering from some life-threatening disease, the change I'm talking about may save your life or prolong it well past medical expectations....If you have a minor disorder, or if you're not sick but now really enjoying life, the principles I've learned from exceptional patients can bring you joy and help you avoid illness in the future."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Gallup

    This was the first Bernie Siegel book I read, and it motivated me to read two more (Peace, Love and Healing and How to Live Between Office Visits), plus acquiring some of his tapes (guided meditations, etc.) and going to a couple of his lectures. In short, it struck a chord with me. This was in the early 90s, when New Age thought was on the upswing and also when my family was being hammered with the double-whammy of childhood disability and metastatic breast cancer. Mainstream medicine had failed This was the first Bernie Siegel book I read, and it motivated me to read two more (Peace, Love and Healing and How to Live Between Office Visits), plus acquiring some of his tapes (guided meditations, etc.) and going to a couple of his lectures. In short, it struck a chord with me. This was in the early 90s, when New Age thought was on the upswing and also when my family was being hammered with the double-whammy of childhood disability and metastatic breast cancer. Mainstream medicine had failed to adequately address either crisis. My wife and I completely agreed with Bernie’s message that doctors are wrong to ignore evidence of healing when it comes via unconventional means. His ideas of using visual imagery to combat disease and to reprioritize one’s life sounded very common-sensical. Having said that, I must add that our child’s disability was not improved via these means, and my wife’s cancer continued to spread unchecked. I’ve corresponded with Dr. Siegel in the past and believe him to be the genuine article. As another doctor told me once, “Anything that gives you hope has merit.” However, aside from the feel-good factor (which is significant), it had no effect in our situation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Shultz

    This book was lovingly written by a physician who was willing to look at miracles and exceptional patients who often beat the odds of cancer or at least had a higher quality of life for the rest of their time here. The book is filled with compassion and wonderful stories to inspire the reader and give hope and courage to anyone facing their own health challenge. I found it a very worthy read and will recommend to others for years to come!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Love, Medicine, and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel, a surgical oncologist, was ahead of its time in regards to the role of mind-body connections in medicine. This book explores these connections highlighting information from studies, Dr. Siegel’s own life experience, and the lives of various patients. Through this work he defines health, disease, illness, life, love, death, and the physician’s role. Dr. Siegel reminds us that all of these things are influenced by coping strategies, environment, a Love, Medicine, and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel, a surgical oncologist, was ahead of its time in regards to the role of mind-body connections in medicine. This book explores these connections highlighting information from studies, Dr. Siegel’s own life experience, and the lives of various patients. Through this work he defines health, disease, illness, life, love, death, and the physician’s role. Dr. Siegel reminds us that all of these things are influenced by coping strategies, environment, and relationships. He emphasizes the role of relaxation, meditation, and visualization. While there are many topics covered in this work, the points are fundamental to palliative care and humanism in medicine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    booklady

    I listened to this a long, long time ago and found it to be comforting. I got my copy of this book-on-tape from among my deceased uncle's effects. He was a psychiatrist and I selected many of his books and books-on-tapes to remember him by. The author, Dr. Siegel, cited many instances of inexplicable medical cures which he credited to the patient's faith, prayers and/or divine intervention, i.e., miracles. This book was both a source of comfort and encouragement to me during a time of my life wh I listened to this a long, long time ago and found it to be comforting. I got my copy of this book-on-tape from among my deceased uncle's effects. He was a psychiatrist and I selected many of his books and books-on-tapes to remember him by. The author, Dr. Siegel, cited many instances of inexplicable medical cures which he credited to the patient's faith, prayers and/or divine intervention, i.e., miracles. This book was both a source of comfort and encouragement to me during a time of my life when my own faith life was 'wobbly' in the wake of a number of deaths in my immediate family.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I know this is a classic and most people love it. I'm sorry I cannot get past the poor writing and the author's style. I did gain a few nuggets of truth from the book, but mostly I struggle with the patient blame/credit model of thinking. I agree to a small extent but I think there's a whole lot of luck in the process of surviving or not. I found the book rather tedious, honestly. I know this is a classic and most people love it. I'm sorry I cannot get past the poor writing and the author's style. I did gain a few nuggets of truth from the book, but mostly I struggle with the patient blame/credit model of thinking. I agree to a small extent but I think there's a whole lot of luck in the process of surviving or not. I found the book rather tedious, honestly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jerilyn Schweitzer

    Seemed like a whole lot of hooey to me. At least the parts about patients curing themselves of cancer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vasundhra Gupta

    This was written as one of the firsts of it's kind, over 2 decades ago! There is a lot more similar work available today that also talks about the connection between our negativity and illnesses, but these cases were classics. That's the thought you need to keep in mind when reading the book, if you've already read something similar. Dr Siegel offers a great variety of patient's cases demonstrating how their physical deaths were transcended by regaining mental health (and that you will relapse if This was written as one of the firsts of it's kind, over 2 decades ago! There is a lot more similar work available today that also talks about the connection between our negativity and illnesses, but these cases were classics. That's the thought you need to keep in mind when reading the book, if you've already read something similar. Dr Siegel offers a great variety of patient's cases demonstrating how their physical deaths were transcended by regaining mental health (and that you will relapse if you don't understand self-love), and he blends it well with the mini doses of wisdom and Spiritual philosophy. All in all a greatly inspiring and insightful book! Recovery is a thing that science considers a miracle. But I'm glad that doctors like Dr Siegel are bringing a new face to healing :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet Ollman Blackmer

    As a healer, myself, I have known "Bernie" for years and read much of what he has written. Surprisingly, this has escaped me until recently. It's a definite "must-read" if you are in a position to wonder if your medical team is acting in your best interests, as I was. I was facing a cancer diagnosis and at a crossroads; do I do it "their" way or "my" way, or is there some way in-between? How can I let "them" know that I expect more from them than just a number and a knife? This book also helped As a healer, myself, I have known "Bernie" for years and read much of what he has written. Surprisingly, this has escaped me until recently. It's a definite "must-read" if you are in a position to wonder if your medical team is acting in your best interests, as I was. I was facing a cancer diagnosis and at a crossroads; do I do it "their" way or "my" way, or is there some way in-between? How can I let "them" know that I expect more from them than just a number and a knife? This book also helped me remember why I'm a healer and how the type of healing I do makes my patients feel cared-for in a special kind of way. Bernie explains it well; it's not about the numbers - sometimes we even need to be OK with death. It's about the way we live and interact with each other. It's about faith in our body's ability to do what's right for us. It's about faith in ourselves. It's a good book. I plan to read it again when I'm not under pressure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Love, Medicine and Miracles deals with the lessons a surgeon learned about self healing from his exceptional patients. Siegel introduces the "exceptional patient" who refuse to accept defeat and teach that mind can dramatically affect the body. Siegal notes..."Spirituality means the ability to find peace and happiness in an imperfect world, and to feel that one's own personality is imperfect but acceptable. From this peaceful state of mind come both creativity and the ability to love unselfishly Love, Medicine and Miracles deals with the lessons a surgeon learned about self healing from his exceptional patients. Siegel introduces the "exceptional patient" who refuse to accept defeat and teach that mind can dramatically affect the body. Siegal notes..."Spirituality means the ability to find peace and happiness in an imperfect world, and to feel that one's own personality is imperfect but acceptable. From this peaceful state of mind come both creativity and the ability to love unselfishly, which go hand in hand. Acceptance, faith, forgiveness, peace, and love are the traits that define spirituality for me. These characteristics always appear in those who achieve unexpected healing of serious illness."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rivka Levy

    This is one of the best God-based holistic health books I've ever read. Parts were laugh-out-loud funny, and the book was written in a humourous 'real' style that really endeared the author, and his view point, to me. But more than that was the fact that the text was liberally sprinkled with easy to read scientific studies proving that our emotions, and particularly our repressed negative emotions like anger and despair, are the main cause of most serious illnesses. It's also unusual to find a book This is one of the best God-based holistic health books I've ever read. Parts were laugh-out-loud funny, and the book was written in a humourous 'real' style that really endeared the author, and his view point, to me. But more than that was the fact that the text was liberally sprinkled with easy to read scientific studies proving that our emotions, and particularly our repressed negative emotions like anger and despair, are the main cause of most serious illnesses. It's also unusual to find a book where God is mentioned so often, an on such familiar terms, which I also loved. Highly recommended. I know it's 30 year's old already, but the best books have a timeless message, and 'Love, Medicine and Miracles' is definitely worthy of joining those ranks.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    When you have a diagnosis of incurable cancer the impression you get from the medical profession is that there is no hope. I was given no clue that there was any way but down, and I was certainly not told that there was so much that I can do to influence my prognosis. Siegel is right when he says that if you have a heart attack or a stroke patients are given advice about exercise and diet that can really effect their quality and length of life. In my experience at least, with cancer this is not When you have a diagnosis of incurable cancer the impression you get from the medical profession is that there is no hope. I was given no clue that there was any way but down, and I was certainly not told that there was so much that I can do to influence my prognosis. Siegel is right when he says that if you have a heart attack or a stroke patients are given advice about exercise and diet that can really effect their quality and length of life. In my experience at least, with cancer this is not the case. INSPIRATIONAL, though to us Brits it might seem a bit too New Age and hippy. Totally recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Wow, I picked up this book from the used bookstore on a whim to help me on my ever-challenging quest to pick a career path...it is awesome! Everyone should read this book--seriously. It is written by a surgeon (in the 1980's) and his experiences with exceptional cancer patients--people who recover despite dire prognosis. He covers a wide range of mind-body research and theory...he talks about synergy, love, and all of that sappy feel-good stuff, and makes a credible case for all of it. If you pi Wow, I picked up this book from the used bookstore on a whim to help me on my ever-challenging quest to pick a career path...it is awesome! Everyone should read this book--seriously. It is written by a surgeon (in the 1980's) and his experiences with exceptional cancer patients--people who recover despite dire prognosis. He covers a wide range of mind-body research and theory...he talks about synergy, love, and all of that sappy feel-good stuff, and makes a credible case for all of it. If you pick up this book, I can almost promise you'll be hooked.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    2.5 stars. I liked Bernie's view of warm doctor-patient relations, how one can be an "exceptional patient," and the importance of the mind in healing. And I liked Bernie himself (He read the audiobook). Much of his view is anecdote-driven, including his religious belief in miracles(!), so for me there wasn't a lot of value besides "good doctor vibes" and good advice here and there. 2.5 stars. I liked Bernie's view of warm doctor-patient relations, how one can be an "exceptional patient," and the importance of the mind in healing. And I liked Bernie himself (He read the audiobook). Much of his view is anecdote-driven, including his religious belief in miracles(!), so for me there wasn't a lot of value besides "good doctor vibes" and good advice here and there.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Willo Font

    This one is a must to have. One that you will go back to remind ourselves of the power in us.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stargazer

    Who wouldn't want him as their doctor? Who wouldn't want him as their doctor?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Jan

    I listened on audible and this book was amazing! Very inspirational and shows the power of hope, healing and live. Very inspired to focus on the positive and love and live!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Karpel-Jergic

    Reading this book 30 odd years since publication shows how far we have NOT come in either curing or healing patients with cancer or any other chronic illness. So, having no real cure for cancer but the old ideas of surgery, radiation and chemo, the concept of healing is an important one and Bernie Siegal remains right on target all these years later. The book has made me watch him on You Tube and I have to say that his words both in print and in person are filled with hope, and as he so rightly s Reading this book 30 odd years since publication shows how far we have NOT come in either curing or healing patients with cancer or any other chronic illness. So, having no real cure for cancer but the old ideas of surgery, radiation and chemo, the concept of healing is an important one and Bernie Siegal remains right on target all these years later. The book has made me watch him on You Tube and I have to say that his words both in print and in person are filled with hope, and as he so rightly says "in the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope." This book may well offer patients a different perspective on their medical condition. It may not cure but it will certainly help with the process of healing. "Getting well is not the only goal. Even more important is learning to live without fear, to be at peace with love and ultimately death. Then healing can occur and one is no longer set up for failure (by believing one can cure all physical problems and never die). If only there were more Dr Siegal's to go around. But, we have his book - amen!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gina Herald

    Though I don't endorse it as the only means to healing, understanding what people get out of being sick in the first place (break from being valued mainly for productivity, being shown that they will be cared for) etc, is a central and deeply underestimated factor in helping people get well. When sustained and untreated mental illness causes stress that the body absorbs to its detriment, we have to start looking at the link between the two. We also have to starting seeing the link between interp Though I don't endorse it as the only means to healing, understanding what people get out of being sick in the first place (break from being valued mainly for productivity, being shown that they will be cared for) etc, is a central and deeply underestimated factor in helping people get well. When sustained and untreated mental illness causes stress that the body absorbs to its detriment, we have to start looking at the link between the two. We also have to starting seeing the link between interpersonal and intrapersonal linguistics, which reflect and shape the framework of our behaviors. Our behaviors are the only way we engage materially with the world, the "agent" behind our various ingestions. We pay for our incapacity to engage in reciprocal self-referential relationships--replacing them with hierarchical or contractual relationships--by the illnesses of our body. I think people who haven't mastered these spheres and want to talk transpersonal are in for a big surprise about how principles engage, refine, or destroy multiple levels in sneaky ways.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alana Cash

    If you are new to the idea of alternative healing methods, this is a great book to start with. Siegel is a surgeon and he begins the book with medical concept of disease and cures, including surgery, drugs, radiation, etc. His focus is generally on cancer. But he also introduces the concept that a person's thoughts and beliefs can both cause and cure illness. Toward the beginning of the book, he seemed to lean back toward traditional medicine being more responsible for curing illness. However, as If you are new to the idea of alternative healing methods, this is a great book to start with. Siegel is a surgeon and he begins the book with medical concept of disease and cures, including surgery, drugs, radiation, etc. His focus is generally on cancer. But he also introduces the concept that a person's thoughts and beliefs can both cause and cure illness. Toward the beginning of the book, he seemed to lean back toward traditional medicine being more responsible for curing illness. However, as the book continued, Siegel began to explain all the undexpected healings of individual patients - so-called, exceptional patients. Those with healings that could not be explained by their doctors who had resigned them to death and instead they lived and healed. Siegel speaks about doctors who give hope or deny hope to their patients and the effect that has. He speaks of support and formed a support group himself. And, he speaks of love. The book moves from the mundane to the sacred. It is well worth reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    For me there was nothing new here as I've taken some psychology courses. Dr. Seal, who specializes in cancer patients, tells us what he has learned over time, how he has changed his approach to patients with cancer and cites many astounding cases of tumors shrinking and even disappearing. At first the beginning chapters mY put you off, but if you are interested in learning from his experiences, you may find this book enlightening. The premise: mind/body link. Here are some of his statements. (The For me there was nothing new here as I've taken some psychology courses. Dr. Seal, who specializes in cancer patients, tells us what he has learned over time, how he has changed his approach to patients with cancer and cites many astounding cases of tumors shrinking and even disappearing. At first the beginning chapters mY put you off, but if you are interested in learning from his experiences, you may find this book enlightening. The premise: mind/body link. Here are some of his statements. (The ones that coincided with my thinking but there is lots more here) 1. There's more to medicine than pills and incisions. 2. To some extent, then, cancer is not a primary disease. It is partly a reaction to a set of circumstances that weaken the body's defenses. 3. Stress: interpretation of events 4. Depression: quitting or giving up, feeling that current conditions and future possibilities are intolerable. His prescriptions: faith in God, meditation, exercise, diet, visualization.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Connie Schepers

    Yes, an older book with old research but it stands true. The author, Bernie Siegel speaking as a surgeon, shares how important it is to use all your assets- yourself, the medical profession & your spiritual faith. Teaching about life & death. Encouraging readers to not die without having lived. He shares how our minds can dramatically affect our body! He shares stories of exceptional patients. We all can be exceptional patients by educating ourselves & becoming specialists in our own care. You d Yes, an older book with old research but it stands true. The author, Bernie Siegel speaking as a surgeon, shares how important it is to use all your assets- yourself, the medical profession & your spiritual faith. Teaching about life & death. Encouraging readers to not die without having lived. He shares how our minds can dramatically affect our body! He shares stories of exceptional patients. We all can be exceptional patients by educating ourselves & becoming specialists in our own care. You don’t have to agree with everything but there is so much truth in this book. It was shared with me by an exceptional patient of mine. A miracle patient. I see a lot of them. I look for them. “Let’s choose love and life.”

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emma Starr

    I was really skeptical when I opened the front cover...I had qualms about the title, but a friend had recommended it and spoke very highly of it. But the more I read the more I could see truth in Siegel's arguments. I have had invasive surgery and lived with someone who had cancer, and having had those experiences, I can see how his analysis would have most definitely changed both how I dealt with and how others responded to those experiences. While I don't know if this book is a 'life changer', I was really skeptical when I opened the front cover...I had qualms about the title, but a friend had recommended it and spoke very highly of it. But the more I read the more I could see truth in Siegel's arguments. I have had invasive surgery and lived with someone who had cancer, and having had those experiences, I can see how his analysis would have most definitely changed both how I dealt with and how others responded to those experiences. While I don't know if this book is a 'life changer', I think people should read it, because so many of its messages are applicable to everyone and would make the vast majority of lives better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Correen

    A book that expresses a deep sense of caring, especially for those who are in a life crisis or illness. A friend suggested I read it after my cancer diagnosis. Siegel worked with cancer patients. His opinions are liberating and soothing. My diagnosis was not terribly serious and I knew about Siegel and his impact on medical care so it may have not been as significant as it might have been at another time. I found his attitude warming but a bit simplistic. I think it is a very good book for someon A book that expresses a deep sense of caring, especially for those who are in a life crisis or illness. A friend suggested I read it after my cancer diagnosis. Siegel worked with cancer patients. His opinions are liberating and soothing. My diagnosis was not terribly serious and I knew about Siegel and his impact on medical care so it may have not been as significant as it might have been at another time. I found his attitude warming but a bit simplistic. I think it is a very good book for someone overwhelmed by the medical system.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Beautifully written, engaging with every single life example Bernie tells us, full of love. We as a reader can feel it and feel the faith and believe one has inside. A potent book to read if you have someone or you yourself are with a serious disease. The energy it gives back, with effective tools, show us that we can be the CEO of our health, surrounded by beautiful, compassion and lovely people, with the aid of medicine and love, we can bring from within us the determination, love, acceptance, Beautifully written, engaging with every single life example Bernie tells us, full of love. We as a reader can feel it and feel the faith and believe one has inside. A potent book to read if you have someone or you yourself are with a serious disease. The energy it gives back, with effective tools, show us that we can be the CEO of our health, surrounded by beautiful, compassion and lovely people, with the aid of medicine and love, we can bring from within us the determination, love, acceptance, forgiveness, regeneration and healing one is in need. Everything is possible, even miracles!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Coyote

    This is a good book to read immediately after your cancer diagnosis but don't pass it up even if you have been ill for a while. While it is a little dated, Dr. Siegel reminds us to keep an open mind even when we just want to run and hide. An open mind and open heart foster optimism which is a healthy and healing emotion. Your medical team has to remain receptive, too. If there is conflict, tension or anything less than complete honesty there, find new team members asap. This is a good book to read immediately after your cancer diagnosis but don't pass it up even if you have been ill for a while. While it is a little dated, Dr. Siegel reminds us to keep an open mind even when we just want to run and hide. An open mind and open heart foster optimism which is a healthy and healing emotion. Your medical team has to remain receptive, too. If there is conflict, tension or anything less than complete honesty there, find new team members asap.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky Morlok

    An old but very timely OUTSTANDING book for everyone. It was gifted to me by a friend after I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Whether you are in treatment and healing mode or are a friend or family member of someone who is, this book is so uplifting, practical and real that you find yourself surprised when you can’t put it down. When I finished it I ordered Dr. Siegels 365 Days of Prescriptions for the Soul. I find myself reading page turning that book too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Brown

    Many good points I appreciated the information in this book. There was a lot that really helped me, and a lot that I’m still thinking about. I didn’t agree with everything, but that didn’t detract from the book at all. The author has a warm, conversational style and backs up his claims with as much evidence as is available to him.

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