Nothing concerns people more than their health or that of those close to them. In the past five years a whole library of books has appeared on the subject of healing and the problem of pain, which is the reverse of the health coin. The following discussion samples what is currently available. The books reflect different perspectives and traditions. Many of them are written by charismatics, where the renewed interest in healing began, though such mainline denominations as the Reformed and Methodist churches are also represented.

Sooner or later suffering finds us all. Whether we respond with prayers for healing or prayers for acceptance, we can find comfort and guidance in the experiences of Christians who have grappled with these issues. Most of these books have helped me. I include some books that aren’t useful to show the differences in quality of books on healing. And I look at three books that raise the obvious question, What if you aren’t healed? I want to show the reader how to evaluate books on healing so they can find the best books available. The place to begin is with Morton Kelsey’s study Healing and Christianity: In Ancient Thought and Modern Times (Harper & Row). Kelsey to date has written the most complete work, theologically and historically, on healing. Kelsey says that “this is not a book on the method of practice of religious healing. Instead it is an attempt to provide a theological foundation, based on historical and scientific understanding, for a serious ministry of healing today.”

Kelsey’s book, based on charismatic theology, represents a radical departure from the mainstream of modern theological thought on the matter of divine healing. It is a comprehensive history of sacramental healing in the Christian ...

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