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Kitchen table wisdom : stories that heal

by Remen, Rachel Naomi,

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction R154.R374 A3 2006
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  R154.R374 A3 2006
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 610.92 R28
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 610.92 REM
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South Park Library Nonfiction 610.92 REM
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"I recommend this book highly to everyone." --Deepak Chopra, M.D.

This special updated version of the New York Times -bestseller, KitchenTable Wisdom, addresses the same spiritual issues that made the original a bestseller- suffering, meaning, love, faith, and miracles.

"Despite the awesome powers of technology, many of us still do not live very well," says Dr. Rachel Remen. "We may need to listen to one another's stories again." Dr. Remen, whose unique perspective on healing comes from her background as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness, invites us to listen from the soul.

This remarkable collection of true stories draws on the concept of "kitchen table wisdom"-- the human tradition of shared experience that shows us life in all its power and mystery and reminds us that the things we cannot measure may be the things that ultimately sustain and enrich our lives.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Many people will know Remen, an M.D. who specializes in psycho-oncology, from the PBS series Healing and the Mind. Here Remen focuses on the healing power of stories, drawing evidence both from the experiences of her patients and from her own battle with the effects of Crohn's disease, a life-threatening gastrointestinal disorder. This is a book about possibilities, how terror can be faced, how lessons can be learned, how healing is always possible, if not physically then emotionally. Each story is only a few pages long, but in them, readers meet a variety of people, including Remen's own family, who come up against the most difficult medical circumstances and still manage to find the mystery and hope in life, even at its last moments. By telling these stories and encouraging readers to share their own, Remen wants people to see the interconnectedness of human beings and the resilience of the human condition. She does a wonderful job of it. A Book-of-the-Month Club selection. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Remen is one of a growing number of physicians exploring the spiritual dimension of the healing arts. "Coherent, elegant, mysterious, aesthetic," she writes. "When I first earned my degree in medicine I would not have described life in this way. But I was not on intimate terms with life then." Now Remen is awed by the vitality of the life force, which she witnesses through her work counseling cancer patients and their doctors at Commonweal, a cancer-help center in California, and through her keen eye for the depths of ordinary people. Remen tells of those who, having fallen ill, discovered previously untapped wells of fortitude and who, ironically, gained a peace of mind they had never known when well. She often turns common wisdom on its head. Discussing the meaning of suffering, she cites one woman who mourned the loss of her chest pains after corrective surgery. These pains had come whenever she had compromised her integrity; now her "inner advisor" was gone. Some of the most poignant stories here are of doctors whose professional code rejects overt displays of emotion. Both patients and doctors can come to care profoundly for one another, Remen believes. A heartfelt call for change as well as a display of compassionate and courageous thinking, this meditation will speak especially to those whose lives have been touched by illness. BOMC and One Spirit alternate selections; first serial rights to Family Circle and New Age Journal. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Remen, Rachel Naomi.
Remen, Rachel Naomi -- Philosophy.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2006
Edition Riverhead 10th anniversary edition.
Contributors Ornish, Dean, writer of foreword.
Language English
Description xlii, 337 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 1594482098
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