An accessible spiritual health care manual based on Christian interpretations of the Ten Commandments.




Critchley offers insights on health from a Christian perspective in this debut holistic medicine guide.

All health is interrelated: Spiritual health affects mental health; mental health influences physical health. Readers’ bodies are not simply a reflection of their behaviors and attitudes, argues Critchley. They are, in fact, a way for God to get people’s attention: “Sickness and disease are telltale signs that it is time for us to make changes in our lives…. Knowing that our ways and standards can be the cause of our own illnesses, we can begin to take a second look at our lives.”  With this book, the author aims to place readers more in tune with their bodies’ physical and spiritual needs in order to better accept God’s love, behave according to His will, and achieve better health. Using the Bible as a guide, particularly the Ten Commandments, Critchley expounds on the relationship between bodily health and spirituality. Each Commandment relates to a different area of the body and is associated with specific behaviors that lead to good health. The Third Commandment, for example, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,” relates to the mouth, throat, and teeth, and is associated with the behaviors of good manners and speech. For each part of the body, the author deftly outlines the spiritual causes of relevant afflictions and antidotes. Critchley’s prose is lucid and professional, even if the claims she makes are not backed up by Western medicine: “Muscle problems reveal the inability to listen to God’s instruction and adapt to change. Extending our will too far and for too long can cause us to experience muscle problems.” Her reasoning seems primarily based on metaphoric and synecdochic associations, which imbue the ideas with a certain pre-modern quality. Like most promoters of holistic treatments, the author advises using mainstream medicine in addition to these spiritual teachings (though she makes her suspicions of the health care industry known). Christian spiritualists will likely be persuaded by her viewpoint; other readers perhaps less so.

An accessible spiritual health care manual based on Christian interpretations of the Ten Commandments.

Pub Date: Jan. 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973608-22-6

Page Count: 210

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2018

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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