THE FAITH LINK, Scientific Proof that you Belief Determines your Health

by Max Fleury, MD

Charisma House, 2016

Foreword, excerpts

The premise of this book, which Dr. Fleury so clearly and articulately develops here, is that the Gospel values if applied to our everyday lives seem to lead to a healthy, balanced, and fulfilled existence. Written for the Christian reader, this wonderful volume encourages people to place their confidence in God concerning their health and healing, and backs up this recommendation with a wide range of scientific studies. Besides surveying the research, Dr. Fleury also discusses a wide range of topics related to Christian spirituality that will be informative to the reader, whether that reader is an interested layperson, a clergyperson, a medical professional, or a professor in a department of theology. That information is provided in a very readable format that is engaging of both the intellect and the spirit.../...  

.../... It provides an informative historical background, a review of the existing scientific evidence, and solid advice on how to live one’s life in a healthy manner through a devout faith and behaviors that reflect that faith (including taking care of one’s body as a temple of the Holy Spirit).  It encourages the development of and living out of virtues that all healthy religions espouse - compassion, forgiveness, dependability, honesty, generosity, altruism, and respect for others – emphasized especially in the Christian tradition.  Dr. Fleury also reviews the importance of fasting and praying for the Christian, reading the Holy Scriptures, and actively participating in a faith community. This is a doctor talking here, not a priest or minister, and there is plenty of science that backs up his words.

Harold G. Koenig, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, 
Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health

Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, P.R. China

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

Adjunct Professor, Dept of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Website: http://www.spiritualityandhealth.duke.edu/