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Concerning Book with Many Serious Flaws
Reviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
This book lacks logic (even from a spiritual sense), cases do not appear to be adequately vetted for medical accuracy, and there are no replicable behaviors or interventions provided. Accordingly, such a text could be misleading to readers in general and there are concerning implications for those in dire medical circumstances.
For example, in one case described in this text, a woman describes her children toxic and is told by a “healer” that she must let them go in order to be healed from Lupus. Somehow - in this case- abandoning children is a pathway to healing as sanctioned by God- yet God isn't available to help heal the family or her children who she described as having behavioral and addiction problems. It is far more likely that rather than being spontaneously healed, a mother leaving three children behind experienced less stress and perhaps this helped her Lupus. Children who have behavioral problems and drug addiction, I am sure, would not fare well after being abandoned by their mother but that does not appear to be a concern in this case. Rather than the "healer" suggesting she secure family support, respite care from an agency, or home nursing- something that would support her and help her family remain together- she should leave them all to be "cured". Using a more spiritual logic (let's say it is not abut stress and just about spiritual factors), would a kind God help her and her children stay together rather than guide her to abandon them in order to get well? As I read this, I was in dismay as to how this would be God's way.
My second point has also been suggested by a reviewer above- there is no mechanism or behaviors identified that could be replicated by others to heal. Just various stories of spontaneous healing- again lacking a scientific or even spiritual logic or a set of behaviors (should I pray, meditate, trust God, etc.).
Third, the text (Chapter 2) refers to John of God, a “Brazilian Healer,” and his various sex abuse and assault allegations and convictions. From the book, “Vague reports circulated that John of God invited women to have private sessions that resulted in sexual encounters and sometimes even sexual assaults.” The author suggests that it is okay that he uses cases in which John of God was the “healer” and does so in the book. He rationalizes that this is not equivalent to giving Joh of God a platform. However, if someone read the book cover to cover any references to a "Brazilian Healer" can be easily paired with reference to John of God in Chapter 2. This book, in essence, is in fact a platform for John of God. I encourage prospective purchasers of this book to Google John and God for updates on these allegations and convictions.
Overall, the book is deeply concerning for several reasons. I believe in the power of spirituality and faith. It is why it is my hope that those who suggest that they are studying it do a better job than this and that they most certainly would avoid giving a platform to nefarious characters who can do harm, especially to those of us in vulnerable physical and emotional states.