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For The Love of God Written By Lawrence W Gold, MD

June 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 162

Excellent and controversial book showing both ways of thinking between professional medical care and those believing in faith healing using no doctors. Daniel Zimmer led an upstate New York religious retreat. This group believed that only God through prayers and anointing could cure someone's illness, regardless of what it was. When someone in the rather large group living in the retreat area had a medical problem, other members of "The Followers" as they called themselves would gather around the ill person, pray, anoint, read the bible, and do anything they knew other than professional medical care to heal the ill person. The Followers had no faith in medical wellness but rather faith healing was the only method to save a sick person. From the beginning of this tremendous book on, the reader can absorb how the two different ways try to resolve healthcare. Once in a great while someone would become well with the prayers and anointing but in far too many situations the patient continued getting worse until they died. In most of these situations, professional medical care and treatment would have saved the lives of those that died but Daniel had spread his faith healing so deeply into the minds of his followers that a doctor would not be called in any situation.

Daniel eventually married Patricia but mostly in name only. Daniel had to have more children with the many young women, many young teenagers, to keep The Followers growing. Many died from lack of proper medical treatment but it took some time before some in the group realized that their ill child or other family member was not improving using Daniels methods. Sara Cobb, a young woman reporter for the Albany Star, was assigned by her boss to go to the nearby area for another story. Upon her arrival she learned that two inmates had broken out of the local prison and Sheriff Tom Jackson and his deputies were searching the area that happened to be near The Followers retreat area. The sheriff found a cave and searched it thinking the prisoners might be in there but to his dismay he found quite a few bodies instead. The cave was supposed to be a part of the Indian burial grounds and the way these adults and children were placed he knew Indians did not do it. These bodies were eventually connected to The Followers. Now the charges were made against The Followers.

Lengthy trials followed during which the court had to decide if faith healing could have caused some of these horrible deaths. The attorneys had a field day as witness after witness was questioned; all the while more evidence was brought forth as more bodies were examined for the causes of death and the DNA in case there was any further connection with all of the bodies found. I learned a lot about groups such as The Followers and their basic beliefs in life and death and anything in between. There is some love in this book and some loss of love because of betrayal. The reporter helped by placing information in the newspaper in a timely manner to assist the police.

No matter your thinking about faith healing, professional medicine, or somewhere in between, you will establish your beliefs and will probably change them as the story goes on. Dr. Gold has given us a great book that explains these groups and how they think and also gives us the medical side of the story. Take yourself through this passage and enjoy it.

Reader review by Cy Hilterman of a book supplied by the author

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