NEWPaul Brand and Philip YanceyThe son of missionaries to India, and a pioneer in the treatment of leprosy, Dr Paul Brand was the first to prove that leprosy patients were literally destroying themselves because they could not feel pain. This...
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NEWPaul Brand and Philip YanceyThe son of missionaries to India, and a pioneer in the treatment of leprosy, Dr Paul Brand was the first to prove that leprosy patients were literally destroying themselves because they could not feel pain. This revolutionary discovery led him to treat pain as a loyal friend - the bodys most effective way of communicating. Part biography, part medical mystery story,and part self-help, this book brings together a lifetime of medical and spiritual wisdom to encourage anyone who has ever wondered why God inventedpain. 288 pages, from Zondervan.
"It's hard to imagine pain as a "gift," but that's the compelling conclusion of Dr. Paul Brand, who has spent his remarkable life studying pain and its implications for medical treatment, overall health, and human happiness." "From Paul Brand, M.D., and Philip Yancey, who have collaborated on the bestselling Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image, here is the inspiring story of Dr. Brand's fifty-year career as a healer. Born to missionary parents in India, Paul Brand grew up in exotic circumstances that helped to form his view of the key role pain plays in human health. We follow Dr. Brand from his early years in India, where physical pain is expected and tolerated much more so than in the West, through his almost accidental medical training in wartime England, and then on to his return to India, where his work as a hand surgeon led to astonishing breakthroughs in the treatment of leprosy. Most of the ravages of that disease, he found, trace back to the simple loss of pain sensation: without the protection of pain, leprosy patients were destroying themselves. Dr. Brand's career carried him next to America's famous Carville, Louisiana, leprosarium, where his pioneering work also provided fascinating insights into treatment for other more common ailments, such as diabetes." "From a lifetime of discoveries about the sensation of pain, Dr. Brand has come to an unusual acceptance of pain as a necessary part of our lives and an important ally in medical treatment and true health. In this provocative book, Dr. Brand discusses eloquently the personal and societal implications of this country's inability to accept or deal with pain, and provides a strong case for each individual to learn how to make a friend of pain." ""For good and for ill," he concludes, "the human species has among its priviledges the preeminence of pain ... feats of consciousness make it possible for suffering to loiter in the mind long after the body's need for it has passed. Yet they also give us the potential to attain an outlook that will change the very landscape of the pain experience. We can learn to cope, and even to triumph.""--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Written by the authors of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image, this book tells the story of Dr Brand's dramatic 50-year career, focusing on the ways in which his accumulated wisdom provided him with an appreciation of pain's role in protecting the body.
Dr. Paul Brand, son to missionary parents, was a world-renowned hand surgeon and pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy. He trained in medicine at the University College Hospital in London and and later gained his surgical qualifications whilst working as a casualty surgeon in the London Blitz. After visiting a Leprosy Sanatorium at Chingleput, he was motivated to explore the reasons behind the deformities of this disease. A donation from a missionary woman helped him establish the New Life Rehabilitative Center, which helped dispel the stig
Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as 'a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.' Yancey jokes today about being 'in recovery' from a toxic church. 'Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbour's house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn't experience much. And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.'
For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. 'I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and goodness. Along the way I realized that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.'
Ever since Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. Early on he crafted best-selling books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. He co-authored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand. 'No one has influenced me more' he says. 'We had quite a trade: I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words.' More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide.
Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for some twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life while also writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today. In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. In 1992 he and his wife Janet, a social worker and hospice chaplain, moved to the foothills of Colorado. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. 'Writing is such an introspective act that I found myself looking for ways to connect with the planet bodily. My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology (in small doses), politics, literature, and classical music.'
'I write books for myself,' he says. 'I'm a pilgrim, recovering from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me. My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about.' Yancey writes with an eye for detail, irony, and honest skepticism.
So, just how does a man who's been through all Yancey has, draw close to the God he once feared? He spends about an hour each morning reading spiritually nourishing books, meditating, and praying. This morning time, he says, helps him 'align' himself with God for the day. 'I tend to go back to the Bible as a model, because I don't know a more honest book,' Yancey explains. 'I can't think of any argument against God that isn't already included in the Bible. To those who struggle with my books, I reply, 'Then maybe you shouldn't be reading them. Yet some people do need the kinds of books I write. They've been burned by the church or they're upset about certain aspects of Christianity. I understand that feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.' He lives with his wife in Colorado.