By Jeff Levin, PhD
Social epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Levin founded the medical-academic field now called "the epidemiology of religion," which demonstrates that religious involvement is a significantly correlated with health and well-being. Levin's research shows how religion's emphasis on healthy behaviors and supportive relationships influences overall health, and how the optimism and hopefulness of those who profess faith promote the body's healing responses. This book is an important contribution in overcoming the traditional barriers between spirituality and health.
"Jeff Levin writes with incredible clarity, style, and passion. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the religion-health connection, especially those wondering if such a connection exists at all."
- Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, and author of The Healing Power of Faith
"A masterpiece for this exciting and challenging time of transformation . . . a beacon to all seeking to understand the connection between faith and health and our connection to the divine."
- Elaine R. Ferguson, M.D., author of Healing, Health, and Transformation: New Frontiers in Medicine
"Beautifully written and packed with compelling scientific evidence for the spirituality-health connection . . .With the precision of a scientist, the courage of a true pioneer, and the artistry of a storyteller, Levin reminds us of what we can no longer afford to ignore: that our spiritual life matters mightily to our health and well-being at every level."
- Janet F. Quinn, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Nursing