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Enthusiastically praised by everyone from Deepak Chopra to Daniel Goleman to Larry Dossey, Rachel Remen has a unique perspective on healing rooted in her background as a prominent physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness. In the form of a deeply moving and down-to-earth collection of true stories, this prominent physicianEnthusiastically praised by everyone from Deepak Chopra to Daniel Goleman to Larry Dossey, Rachel Remen has a unique perspective on healing rooted in her background as a prominent physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness. In the form of a deeply moving and down-to-earth collection of true stories, this prominent physician 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. Kitchen Table Wisdom addresses spiritual issues: suffering, meaning, love, faith, courage and miracles in the language and absolute authority of our own life experience....

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Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal Reviews

  • Chana
    2019-05-02 06:33

    When I originally wrote a review of this book I neglected to mention what it is that Dr. Remen does. She is a medical doctor who works as a counselor to cancer patients. This book is a series of stories about the counseling, a kind of lessons learned book. This is what I wrote: The stories are complex, beautiful, painful, affecting, intense. It bothered me for a while that this Jewish woman is teaching a philosophy of wholeness when she is not observant in her own religion. I recognized her achievements, but felt some reservation. After I read her account of the Vietnamese woman all my negative judgement fell away. Dr. Remen is who she is, she does and has done great good in this world, she listened to this woman, really listened and was not destroyed by it. In fact, the woman was helped. I feel great respect for Dr. Remen. These are her words, "So sometimes, before I see a patient I offer up a little wordless prayer: Understanding the suffering is beyond me. Understanding the healing is too. But in this moment, I am here. Use me."

  • Greg
    2019-05-12 03:42

    Rachel Naomi Remen, is an intelligent, compassionate woman, with a keen since of observation, and a memory to be envied, (at least by this fifty-nine year old). She has a list of life’s events, that perhaps, had caused a pause and reflection early on in her human journey. In her interaction with cancer patients she has counseled, she experienced many touching and poignant situations. She shares these stories with insightful commentary, and compassionate wisdom. The stories are reflective, in that when we are put in dire situations, we have choices, but may not not be aware of them all. These stories are about finding our choices, and sometimes seeing the positive in what we thought was negative. They are about living life, and what we find to be the truly important items when presented with a grave event in life. Ms. Remen is a wonderful story teller. I think every doctor should read this book. I would not recommend reading this book in public. Reading it made my eyes . . . moist, more than once. (Don’t tell the guys).

  • Barb
    2019-04-22 03:39

    I loved this book. I have it out from the library and I keep renewing it so that I can re-read my favorite parts. It is a compilation of short stories and insights written by a medical doctor that works as a counsellor.Kitchen Table Wisdom shares a story called The Container which I first heard in the Primary Broadcast in January 2003 in a talk by Gayle M. Clegg. I would have read this book long ago if I had checked the source of the container story in her talk. The whole book is filled with stories and wisdom. I'll share one story.The Task Gets Between Us is a story about a man who enjoys mountain climbing with his son until he (the dad) becomes ill and can no longer climb mountains. The father describes the change in his relationship with his son:"I can't do much just now, so we sit and talk. I ask him about his life and how he feels about it. For the first time I know what is important to him, what sort of a man he is, what keeps him going. And I talk to him too. I know now that I am important to him, that he wants to spend time with me and not because we can do physical things together. Sometimes we just sit together, being alive. The mountain got between us before. I had not known that."For me this was a good reminder that quality time is about relating to each other.

  • Leanne
    2019-05-12 00:33

    Cleaning out my book shelves, I ran into my copy of Kitchen Table Wisdom. I remember loving it and had to skim it again to recall exactly why. Rachel Naomi Remen is a beautiful human being who believes we find healing in our own life stories. Here is an example of what I love about this book: Remen tells a story of going to her grandfather to learn whether or not God would forget her...."What he said was, "Nischuma-la" ["Little Beloved Soul]... He said, "if you wake up at night, would you know if you were alone in the house? Would you know if Mom and Dad had gone out to the movies if you wake up in the dark at night?" And I said, "Sure!" Then he said, "How would you know that you weren't alone in the house? Would you see them and look at them?" I said, "No." He said, "Would you hear them? Is that how you'd know?" I said, "No." He said, "Would they talk to you? Is that how you would know?" I said, "No," and I remember thinking, "How odd. He's asking stupid questions like a grown-up," because my grandfather never did that. I said with irritation, "No - I would just know. I would just know that I wasn't alone in the house.""My grandfather smiled at me with great love and said, "Good. That's how God knows you're there. He doesn't need to look at you. And that's how you know that God is there. You just know." In remembering this, I realized for the first time that perhaps this was what prayer was - that knowing. That's how you pray, by that knowing. You know that God is there and you're not alone in the house. "So, this knowing is a way in which I orient myself. I know which way is up and which way down. It's as profound, as deep and unconscious, as gravity's impact on every cell in my body. I am held by the Infinite in the same way I am held by the Earth."

  • Heather
    2019-05-09 00:32

    I LOVED My Grandfather's Blessings and was excited to read this book by the same author. I LOVED this book, too, and the way that Dr. Rachel Remen teaches us how to heal and help others heal! She shares so many neat stories and examples as a doctor and believer in God and in people and the power they have to heal. It's not all science, but the power of people and stories that connect us, heal us and make us whole again. This book reminds me of the importance of living with an open heart.Here are some of my favorite quotes and ideas that she shares:"We usually look outside ourselves for heroes and teachers. It has not occurred to most people that they may already be the role model they seek. The wholeness they are looking for may be trapped within themselves by beliefs, attitudes, and self-doubt (p. 106).""At the heart of any real intimacy is a certain vulnerability. It is hard to trust someone with your vulnerability unless you can see in them a matching vulnerability and know that you will not be judged. In some basic way it is our imperfections and even our pain that draws others close to us (p. 113).""What we do to survive is often different from what we may need to do in order to live (p. 130).""More than a way of loving, the heart may be a way of experiencing life, the capacity to know a fundamental connection to others and see them whole....the opening of the heart seems to go far beyond love to an experience of belonging which heals our most profound wounds. When people look at others in this way, the connection they experience makes it a simpler thing to forgive, to have compassion, to serve, and to love....coming to know that in our suffering and our joy we are connected to one another with unbreakable and compelling human bonds. All of us become less vulnerable and alone. The heart, which can see these connections, may be far more powerful a source of healing than the mind (p. 140).""The Fijians are aware of a basic human law. We all influence one another. We are a part of each other's reality. There is no such thing as passing someone and not acknowledging your moment of connection, not letting others know their effect on you and seeing yours on them (p. 142).""I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. And especially if it's given from the heart (p. 143).""The surprised reaction to a simple act of kindness is chilling. Perhaps we are no longer a kind people. More and more, we seem to have become numb to the suffering of others and ashamed of our own suffering. Yet suffering is one of the universal conditions of being alive. We all suffer. We have become terribly vulnerable, not because we suffer but because we have separated ourselves from each other (p. 147).""'I say to Him, 'God, is it okay to luff strangers?' And God says, "Yitzak, vat is dis strangers? You make strangers. I don't make strangers (p. 156).'""Competence may bring us satisfaction. Finding meaning in a familiar task often allows us to go beyond this and find in the most routine of tasks a deep sense of joy and even gratitude (p. 162).""All lives touch many others. Sometimes this network is very large, sometimes small, but somewhere in it a certain quality of love is needed if we are to be able to survive. It is not a question of numbers. Sometimes it can be given by only one person (p. 166).""All through my childhood, my parents kept a giant jigsaw puzzle set up on a puzzle table in the living room. [This is what I'm going to do when I grow up!] My father, who had started all this, always hid the box top. The idea was to put the pieces together without knowing the picture ahead of time.....Perhaps winning requires that we love the game unconditionally. Life provides all the pieces. When I accepted certain parts of life and denied and ignored the rest, I could only see my life a piece at a time (p. 169).""We all can influence the life force. The tools and strategies of healing are so innate, so much a part of a common human birthright, that we believers in technology pay very little attention to them. But they have lost none of their power. People have been healing each other since the beginning. Long before there were surgeons, psychologists, oncologists, and internists, we were there for each other. The healing of our present woundedness may lie in recognizing and reclaiming the capacity we all have to heal each other, the enormous power in the simplest of human relationships: the strength of a touch, the blessing of forgiveness, the grace of someone else taking you just as you are and finding in you an unsuspected goodness (p. 217).""We are, in a certain way, defined as much by our potential as by its expression....Perhaps a sense of possibility is communicated by our tone of voice, facial expression, or a certain choice of words (p. 230).""The inner silence is more secure than any hiding place (p. 281).""How easy it would have been for us to have missed each other. Had he not found that every parking spot and had to ride about a little more, or if this had been a bad day and I couldn't walk as fast, we would not be standing here together. Or if he had found his spot but had stopped for a paper, or if I had stopped for a paper, our lives would not have connected....As a statistician, he was moved, overwhelmed by a glimpse of the dance circumstances that had created the occasion of this encounter with a total stranger....This man has been changed by his experience. He finds himself more open to hidden possibilities. More appreciative of the presence of others in his life, more curious about what possible meaning or teaching may be there in the most ordinary relationships....The recognition that the world is sacred is one of the most empowering of the many realizations that may occur. It is one of the ways people heal the community around them (p. 288)."

  • Vivone Os
    2019-05-05 03:40

    Ovo je zbirka kratkih priča koje bih mogla okarakterizirati kao self-help literaturu. Autorica Rachel Remen je liječnica, dugo godina je radila na odjelu gdje su bili smješteni pacijenti koji imaju rak, a onda je počela biti savjetnica, svojevrsna psihologinja i pomagala je ljudima da se na psihičkoj razini pomire ili bore sa svojom bolesti.Priče se mogu podijeliti u dvije kategorije – dio njih opisuju autoričin život i rad te njenu bolest, a ostale su priče o njenim pacijentima i njihovoj borbi s rakom. Sve priče su istinite.Knjigu sam odabrala jer je i meni trebala pomoć i utjeha zbog moje vlastite borbe i stvarno mi je pomogla da se nosim sa svojim tegobama. Priče nadahnjuju i potiču pozitivno razmišljanje, a u isto vrijeme neke od njih na humorističan način opisuju i sretne i tužne životne situacije te poručuju da je važno boriti se za život.

  • Tanya
    2019-05-15 05:45

    I enjoyed this book but not as much as another I had read by a doctor on the power of prayer. I wanted more from this book. More detail as to what she really does in a session. I wanted a bit more depth so I could learn for my self what she does and how she approaches her practice. That is why I gave it 4 stars, others may find it perfect and love it as is. The shortness of each chapter makes it easy to read with out feeling overwhelmed at each topic. What I did find interesting was the concept that Doctors do not understand death. It brought to mind a quote by the Prophet Joseph Smith that the most important thing we could study and learn is death. Here are some of the brightest minds, people with great skill, and deal daily with the sick and wounded and they do not understand death. When I thought about it I realized the truth of the statement. As a nurse death and treating the sick and dying was a daily task. The only time doctors were present at a death was in an emergency situation, someone brought in by ambulance, or a crisis on the operating table. Otherwise, for the chronically ill it was and is nurses and family members that are present at the time of death. Nurses live with it, we go home haunted by it and it becomes a fabric of our being because we learn quickly that death is not always preventible. We are taught to bring dignity to those that are dying and try to give comfort in the best way we can. Doctors often feel that death means they failed, and that should not be the case. I appreciated her journey of self awareness of what her gifts and talents really are. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Not just to learn wisdom, but to understand that Doctors and medical personnel are people who have lives and fears, and people in the medical profession need to understand patients need much more than a clinical/scientific diagnosis.I loved the fact that kindness, love, and the act of just listening, and I mean listening not the type of listening I was taught in nursing school (giving feedback) but silent listening bring a healing and acceptance of those around us. There are thoughts and ideas that helped to bring into greater focus my own personal relationship with God, but also how I can be a better person and how can I become the real me. I would not define this as a religious book, but I think anyone regardless of their belief in God can come to some kind of internal satisfaction and growth.One more note that has little to do with the book. If you are a believer in low carb diets and health do not let the introduction by Dr. Ornish stop you from reading the book. Skip over it if you need too. For me I just skimmed through it.

  • Lynne Spreen
    2019-05-10 03:54

    When I first read this, years ago, I wrote this short review: I'll keep this forever. I reread it from time to time, and it makes me feel like if I ever get sick or am grieving over health issues, this book will keep me strong. It does make me cry, but you just have to love Dr. Remen. What a beautiful spirit she has.Well, I just reread it, and I found even more in this book to treasure. Dr. Remen has suffered greatly from Chrohn's Disease, which both hurt and enlightened her. As she says in the Foreword, "Suffering - whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or as often the case, all three - can be a doorway to transformation." Whether because of or in spite of her illness, she has a generous and intelligent mind, seemingly an old soul, and she has much wisdom to share. As a woman just turned 60, I found much that is relevant now, in the second half of my life. Here are some examples: "Life-threatening illness may cause us to reexamine the very premises on which we have based our lives, perhaps freeing ourselves to live more fully for the first time." and"The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty...there may be more to life than the mind can understand."What an uplifting, inspiring book. I will keep it forever.

  • Ronda
    2019-05-19 02:59

    This book is my current favorite book, I would give it more than five stars. I learned about it from NPR's "Speaking of Faith" series when Krista Tippet interviewed the author, Rachel Naomi Remen. It is a series of many short essays as the subtitle says "Stories that Heal". the author a physician was diagnosed at 15 with Chrohn's disease and has been chronically ill most of her life. First a pediatrican, then a counselor to those with cancer, these are stories about herself and those she has worked with. I can not remember reading anything more authentic and real. I have cried after reading many of the stories, not because they are sad, but because they touch the deepest part of me. These stories have bits of her wisdom gained from her life experience delicately woven into them -- and there is a tremendous amount of wisdom altogether. I can read it slowly a few at a time. I will be sad when I finish and will read it. At least she has one more book that I can read after this.

  • Joe Henry
    2019-05-01 08:34

    I first discovered Rachel Remen through her 2001 book, My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging. I loved it and wanted more and, so, I got this book and read it much the same way--daily, 2-3 readings at a sitting, to get my day started. I've become a fan.Her writings inspire me. First, I find I want to listen more deeply to those with whom I share the path in my world. I realize that I miss so much by being too much about my own agenda, being in too big a hurry, and habitually differentiating my self from others. My loss. Second, I aspire to become a story teller for my grandchildren. They love to hear stories, and with a little intention and a litte work, I think I could play that role--perhaps starting with Bible stories.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-24 07:38

    This is a book of surpassing kindness - stories of varying lengths, pulled from Remen's life as a doctor growing gradually more and more comfortable with the idea of the inexplicable; with, in Remen's own words, "mystery and awe."Taken as a whole, the book is a wonderful reminder to value every part of our daily experience, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. There is much in the book about the saving grace of science, but even more about the strength of individuals in the places where science can't go - especially when facing death. There's a sweet weight to each story that lingers long after the book is closed - I'm glad to have taken what feels like a breath in reading this, to have made room for a little impossibility and wonder.

  • Kate
    2019-05-20 06:41

    This book grew on me as I read it, and I grew to love it more and more. As someone who has worked as a chaplain and a caseworker, I am familiar with the inexplicable that sometimes goes on at the end of life, or simply when people are in deep crisis. Dr. Remen provides example after example of those mysteries, and adds to them deep, deep meaning and profundity. All of us have had one experience or another that points to depth, and we often write them off or shake them off. Dr. Remen gives us permission to savor them, to see them, not as outliers, but as guides and companions on the journey of living. A book to savor, a little at a time. Loved, loved, loved it.

  • Janet Roberts
    2019-05-13 05:56

    I must have read a review recommending this book, but I was still a bit apprehensive about it when it arrived. Was it really going to be that good?Then I started reading it - and was blown away. Rachel Naomi is a doctor, suffering from the most appalling ill health, and yet is the most giving, loving person I've ever come across.The book consists of mostly 2-page stories which are so easy to relate to, and make this a pick and glance at book, although I read it straight through in a week-end - I just couldn't put it down!!To my considerable delight I've now found that she's still very active and I can tune into her web page - I can hardly wait!Highly recommended

  • Meg Nalezny
    2019-05-05 00:46

    This was such a lovely book to read at this point in my life. Dr. Remen is a wonderful story teller, and she gives me hope that a career in a medical field (or any field, for that matter) can have a real soul. I heard her speak on NPR a few weeks ago and it inspired me to read one of her books. This is a quick read and I recommend it highly!

  • Carly
    2019-04-24 08:59

    Found this with some other old books stored in the garage. Don't think I've read it, so I'm going to give it a try.(11/3)Odd book for sure. To sum it up: "Everyone has suffered. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal." A few great stories within, but not worth reading the entire book.

  • Molly
    2019-05-16 07:38

    One of the first author events I ever hosted at Kepler's was with Rachel Naomi Remen. How lucky I was to start so well.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-30 06:40

    written by a physician who is now a counselor and is the granddaughter of a Rabbi. pleasant, warm and inspiring little stories. all very short and comforting.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-21 03:41

    I ordered a copy of this book before I even finished it. So much goodness in short but powerful chapters.

  • Reshma David
    2019-05-16 04:35


  • Casey
    2019-05-05 01:49

    Far and away one of the most important books I will read in my lifetime. How did I not read this sooner? Thing is, had I read it in my twenties, I may not have understood or appreciated what Rachel Remen has to say in this book about, well, life. I'm thinking of getting this book for all the women on my Christmas list; it's certainly a book to have around for the rest of one's life as it will always be applicable. As always, here are some favorite excerpts:pg. 142: "The Fijians are aware of a basic human law. We all influence one another. We are a part of each other's reality. There is no such thing as passing someone and not acknowledging your moment of connection, not letting others know their effect on you and seeing yours on them. For Fijians, connection is natural, just the way the world is made. Here, we pass each other with out lights out as ships in the night." (this passage comes after the author explains the difference between strangers passing each other on the street in Fiji, as opposed to NYC. An extremely profound and charming anecdote, indeed.)pg. 148: "Becoming numb to suffering will not make us happy. The part in us that feels suffering is the same part that feels joy." Oh, how wonderful this sentence is. How wonderful that this sentence is also so very, very 158: "Many people live their lives this way, sharing homes, jobs, and even families with others, but not connecting. It is possible to be lonely in the midst of family, in your own home. Too often we even practice medicine in this way. Side by side, patient and physician focus on the disease, the symptoms, the treatments, never seeing or knowing each other. The problem gets in the way and we are each alone." pg. 166: "All lives touch many others. Sometimes this network is very large, sometimes small, but somewhere in it a certain quality of love is needed if we are to be able to survive. It is not a question of numbers. Sometimes it can given by only one person. I often ask patients where the love that has sustained them has come from. For one man, the child of an abusive and alcoholic family, it was his dog."Here's the kicker for me, pg. 172: "There is a fundamental paradox here. The less we are attached to life, the more alive we can become. The less we have preferences about life, the more deeply we can experience and participate in life. This is not to say that I don't prefer raisin toast to blueberry muffins. It is to say that I don't prefer raisin toast so much that I am unwilling to get out of bed unless I can have raisin toast, or that the absence of raisin toast ruins the whole day. Embracing life may be more about tasting that it is about either raisin toast or blueberry muffins. More about trusting one's ability to take joy in the newness of the day and what it may bring. More about adventure than having your own way." pg. 211: "Perhaps there is a way to "tend" life, a way to grow despite difficulties and limitations." (After the story about helping patients through plants).pg. 217: "Everyone alive has suffered. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal."Another kicker, pg. 223: ""Broken" may be only a stage in a process. A bud is not a broken rose. Only lifeless things are broken. Perhaps the unique process which is a human being is never over. Even at death. In our instinctive attachments, our fear of change, and our wish for certainty and permanence, we may undercut the impermanence which is our greatest strength, our most fundamental identity. Without impermanence, there is no process. The nature of life is change. All hope is based on progress." (this after the most amazingly profound story of a gift the author's father gave her when she was 13; a gift she felt so very undeserving of.)

  • Rebecca Young
    2019-05-09 07:44

    I absolutely love her writing. It is so peaceful, calming, and wise. I love just reading 2 or 3 of her short essays each day. So inspiring. I would really recommend this book to anyone who works in the medical field. It has so much to say about healing and connection and wholeness found in facing an illness.Here are a few parts that I underlined….Those who don't love themselves as they are rarely love life as it is either. Most people have come to prefer certain of life's experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain or even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all cost, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness. Or even that the love we have been given can be trusted.Beyond comfort lie grace, mystery, and adventure. We may need to let go of our beliefs and ideas about life in order to have life. What we believe about ourselves can hold us hostage. Over time, I have come to respect the power of people's beliefs. According to Talmudic teaching, "We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are." A belief is like a pair of sunglasses. When we wear a belief and look at life through it, it is difficult to convince ourselves that what we see is not what is real. Knowing what is real requires that we remember that we are wearing glasses, and take them off. One of the great moments in life is the moment we recognize we have them on in the first place.I had thought joy to be rather synonymous with happiness, but it seems now to be far lass vulnerable than happiness. Joy seems to be a part of an unconditional wish to live, not holding back because life may not meet our preferences and expectations. Joy seems to be a function of the willingness to accept the whole, and to show up to meet with whatever is there. It has a kind of invincibility that attachment to any particular outcome would deny us. The less we are attached to life, the more alive we can become. The less we have presences about life, the more deeply we can experience and participate in life.Sometimes we may need to simply choose life. It is possible to become so attached to something or someone we have lost that we move forward blindly, looking over our shoulder to the past rather than before us to what lies ahead. I suspect that many of us have had this happen to us without our realizing we have become frozen, trapped by the past. We are holding to something long gone and, hands full, are unable to take hold of our opportunities or what life is offering.Prayer is not a way to get what we want to happen, like the remote control that comes with the television set. I think that prayer may be less about asking for the things we are attached to than it is about relinquishing our attachments in some way. It can take us beyond fear, with is an attachment, and beyond hope, which is another form of attachment. It can help us remember that nature of the world and the nature of life…. When we pray, we don't change the world, we change ourselves. When we pray we stop trying to control life and remember that we belong to life. It is an opportunity to experience humility and recognize grace.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-13 07:48

    Remen has lived an impressive life. She studied medicine in the 1950s and joined the medical faculty at Stanford, not easy for any woman at that time, even a talented pediatrician such as herself. She later worked for decades as a psychologist treating patients with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. All the while, she coped with her own health crises stemming from Crohn's disease and her treatment. This book is a series of vignettes, including stories from her own life and those of her patients, and the spiritual and life lessons she drew from them. Most focus on the meaning we give life, the ways in which we cope with mortality and the methods by which we can heal ourselves and others.Some of her tales spoke to me and others felt repetitive or rang hollow. But I am hesitant to say she should have cut the book or removed any of the stories. I think 25 people could read this and each would find a different group of stories with which to identify. The book provides a space in which to question our views of death and to reflect on how we might best serve those among us who are nearing the end of life, or grieving a loss.

  • Jana
    2019-05-16 05:00

    I think I finished this book so I could write a review. There are some really beautiful stories in here and the author is best when she relates what others have seen and marveled about. I highlighted several passages that I will continue to refer to and that were very meaningful to me. However, the book has one of those red flags of memoirs--the author never makes a mistake. That gets to be grating. You get the feeling that she comes jangling in with flowing jewelry, sand tables and candles and sets the world to its mystical rights. I related to her perfectionism and desire to break away from that, and I empathized with her physical limitations, but I think that the book would have been richer had it contained some more angst after she began to search out complimentary medicine.

  • Lori
    2019-05-15 05:53

    Some of these "kitchen table" snippets were really insightful and moving and memorable, and others, well, not so much. Almost all of these stories derived from her career and expertise as a pediatrician and cancer therapist, but after the 100th story told from the same perspective, I got a little bored. Did she have any experiences as a mother, wife, neighbor or pet owner? Or while on vacation or shopping for groceries? Throwing in a story or observation from that perspective might have held my attention a bit more.

  • Marcia Richards
    2019-05-21 07:50

    Loved this book! The stories are quick reads that inspire, teach and help you heal from whatever ails you. I'm a cancer patient so this book served to keep me upbeat and gave me a lot more than my illness to ponder. I highly recommend this book. Choose a story at random whenever you need a lift, as I did, or read beginning to end. You won't be sorry. In fact, thi9s is one book you'll want to refer back to over and over.

  • Kiersten
    2019-05-06 01:44

    Interesting things to think about, but I was not excited about moving on to the next story. Not a page turner. I was hoping for something a little more like "chicken soup" I guess. On the other hand, the subject matter is a little meatier than the chicken soup stories. I think part of the problem is that you just started getting into a story and then it was over. I look forward to following characters when I read a book.

  • Yaaresse
    2019-05-15 05:50

    A lovely book...which I've lost three copies of by lending it.

  • Noonie
    2019-04-21 05:44

    amazing amazing amazinga keeperloved it!!!!sharing it all around

  • Beth
    2019-05-04 07:39

    Love this book!

  • Bede
    2019-05-21 07:53

    Unfortunately, this book was a very slow and painful read. I did not enjoy it and got very little out of it.And of the multitude of short stories, there was only one, possibly two, that reverberated with me. Just about all of them were sad stories, and most of those also had a sad ending to them.I can understand what the author was trying to do with this book, but it just didn't work for me, and that is despite me considering myself a very spiritual person. Rather than feeling hope, I instead was left feeling mostly depressed.I am definitely open to the alternative practices and treatments the author discusses and uses on her patients, and acknowledge they can have real tangible benefits, but the stories recounting her personal experiences with these practices seemed like only that: stories. And this book came across as advocating and promoting these methods.Unfortunately, the chapter on God and faith was the nail in the coffin for me, and I felt it was at odds with much of the rest of the book. I find it hard to take anyone serious who genuinely believes in the supernatural of religion or interprets stories of the Bible as anything close to fact.I think those in the medical profession, or those who are suffering serious illnesses of their own, would benefit more from this book than most others. Sadly I wouldn't recommend it to any other than those people.