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God, Faith, and Health:
Exploring the Spirituality - Healing Connection
by Jeff Levin

John Wiley & Sons, 2001
ISBN: 0471355038 
Spirituality and Healing, 272 pages 
Hardcover, $24.95

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God, Faith, and Health is a riveting exploration of the latest scientific evidence that spirituality is good for you. 

Did you know that people who pray or attend religious services have less illness and better physical and mental health than those who do not? This is just one of the startling facts about the connection between spirituality and health revealed in this fascinating, inspiring, groundbreaking new book by scientist Jeff Levin, who has conducted much of the original research that proves the connection. 

Thanks in great part to the pioneering efforts of Jeff Levin, a quiet revolution has taken place in medical science over the past decade, and medicine has come to embrace the idea of the connection between faith and healing to such an extent that between one-third and one-half of the mainstream medical schools in North America now offer courses in health and spirituality. In God, Faith, and Health, Dr. Levin doesn't promote a particular spiritual point of view. Instead, he draws upon his original research as well as on studies conducted by researchers around the world to explore the latest compelling evidence of the connection between health and an array of spiritual beliefs and practices, including prayer, religious services, healing rituals, meditation, faith, and others. He also shares the dramatic stories of dozens of people who have been healed through their faith, and he discusses strategies for improving your own health through spiritual practice.

"Jeff Levin writes with incredible clarity, style, and passion. He is one of the first and finest scientists ever to brave this territory and has had enormous influence on others due to his scientific rigor. Levin speaks powerfully as a true leader and authority in this growing field. This book is a MUST read for anyone interested in the religion-health connection, especially those wondering if such a connection exists at all." 

--Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and author of The Healing Power of Faith 


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, is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the interface of religion and health and has lectured nationally and internationally on most aspects of this subject. His research has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, The Washington Times, Newsday, JAMA, Modern Maturity, Moment, Spirituality and Health, and in cover stories in Time, Readers’ Digest, and Macleans, and on national radio and television, including NPR, PBS, CTV, and CBN. 

Dr. Levin is the author or co-author of over 120 scholarly publications, as well as over 100 conference presentations and invited lectures and addresses, nearly all of which deal with the role of religion in physical and mental health and aging, or with maternal and child health. He is author of God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Connection; editor of Religion in Aging and Health: Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Frontiers; co-editor of Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the forthcoming Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, both with Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, former Director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); and, co-author of the forthcoming Religion in the Lives of African Americans: Research on the Social, Psychological, and Political Role of Religion.

Dr. Levin lives in Kansas with his wife, Dr Lea Steele. A magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, his biography is included in Who’s Who in Theology & Science, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and International Who’s Who in Medicine. He is a recipient of both the 1996 and 1997 Templeton Prize for Exemplary Papers in Religion and the Medical Sciences, and in 1997 served as Distinguished Lecturer at Duke University Medical Center and delivered the First Annual K.J. Lee Fellowship Lecture at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

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