As an honored physician and teacher, Rachel Naomi Remen has spent a lifetime immersed in the world of science. Yet today, after four decades of face-to-face experience with cancer patients, medical academia, and her own chronic illness, she has come to see that life is best defined not by science but by mystery.
In The Will to Live and Other Mysteries, this best-selling author and beloved healer of the heart probes the experience of mystery and illuminates its power to literally transform our lives. We are a culture that worships science, Dr. Remen begins, even though science is unable to fully explain the mystery of how we heal. In her own words, Dr. Remen shares compelling frontline stories of people who - against all odds - embodied the will to live and opened to the power of mystery as a healing resource. This source of wonder and hope, she says, is available to all of us at any time.
Complete with step-by-step exercises that Dr. Remen has taught to thousands of people, The Will to Live and Other Mysteries will touch you, strengthen you, and awaken you to the mysterious innate power to heal that is within us all.
©2001 Rachel Naomi Remen (P)2001 Michael Bernard Beckwith
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tommi on 11-01-18

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I would rather be able to read it, but it is not available in printed format

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Perspective, perspective, perspective!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jenn Greene on 09-06-17


I loved the story. Rachel at her best. Exercises more commonplace. I would have preferred all stories.

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