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Palgrave Macmillan

Chronic Illness, Spirituality, and Healing

Diverse Disciplinary, Religious, and Cultural Perspectives

ISBN 9781137351364
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book examines the relationship between chronic illness, spirituality, and healing from interdisciplinary, multicultural, and interreligious perspectives. Contributors include professionals working in traditional, holistic and integrative clinical settings, as well as religious studies scholars and spiritual practitioners from diverse religious and cultural contexts. Authors consider how biomedical care might be blended with spiritual practice that attends to the well-being of people living with chronic conditions through the mind-body-spirit-environment relationship. The book is relevant to the disciplines of health care, spiritual care, and social services; religious studies, disability studies, and cultural studies; and to people living with chronic illnesses.

Michael Stoltzfus is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Valdosta State University, USA.

Rebecca Green is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Valdosta State University, USA.

Darla Schumm is Associate Professor of Religion, Hollins University, USA.

1. Spirituality, Chronic Illness, and Healing: Unique Challenges and Opportunities; Michael Stoltzfus Rebecca Green
2. Pathophysiologic Basis and Application of Spiritual Healing Practices in Chronic Illness; Ruth Stanley
3. Yoga and Chronic Illness; Amy Holte and Paul Mills
4. Beyond Coping: Spirituality and Filipina Transnationals with Experience of Breast Cancer; Ofelia O. Villero and Nancy J. Burke
5. Spiritual Direction as Psychospiritual Care for Women with Autoimmune Diseases; Kelly Arora
6. Origins and Applications of Music in Chronic Illness: Role of the Voice, Ancient Chant Scales, and Autonomic Nervous System; Ruth Stanley
7. The Zen of Healing: Making Friends with Chronic Illness; Paula Arai
8. Heartbreak Hotei: Spirituality and Metabolic Syndrome; Christine James
9. The Role of Religious Beliefs, Practices, Symbols, and Metaphors on the Coping Strategies of Rare Disease Patients in Romania; Salomea Popoviciu, Ioan Popoviciu, Delia Birle, Serban Olah and Paul Negrut
10. Native American Issues with Diabetes; Lavonna Lea Lovern
11. Ifá Divination as a Method of Diagnosing and Treating Chronic Illnesses/Àmódi Among the Yoruba People; Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko
12. Curing the Sin-Sick Soul: Protestants and Mental Illness; Heather H. Vacek
13. In Spite Of: Reflecting on my Son's Pain and Suffering; Noel Boyle
14. Inanna's Way: A Personal Journey into the Underworld; Ruth Krall

Paula Arai, Louisiana State University and Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, USA
Kelly Arora, Regis University School of Pharmacy and the Iliff School of Theology, USA
Noel Boyle, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Belmont University, USA
Nancy J. Burke, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Amy Holte, UCSD Centers for Mindfulness and Integrative Medicine, USA
Ruth Stanley, St. Benedict's Monastery and Holistic Services for the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center, USA
Christine A. James, Valdosta State University, USA
Ruth Krall, Goshen College, USA
Lavonna L. Lovern, Central Methodist College, USA
Paul J. Mills, University of California, San Diego, USA
Delia Birle, University of Oradea, Romania
Paul Negrut, Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania
Serban Olah, University of Oradea, Romania
Salomea Popoviciu, University of Emanuel, Oradea, Romania

Ioan Popoviciu, Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania
Heather H. Vacek, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, USA
Ofelia O. Villero, USA
Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko, Dominican Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria


"Chronic illness has received little attention within the literature of religious studies, and even then it has rarely been explored through interreligious and interdisciplinary lenses. This thoughtful collection of essays makes a significant contribution toward holistic understandings of chronic illness and extends our sense of how this topic might fruitfully intersect with other areas of study." - Debbie Creamer, Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Iliff School of Theology, US
"The strong link between healing and spirituality has long been known in western medicine and eastern philosophy. Yet here the authors bring a fresh perspective with scholarship and compassion to the situations described. Their approach provides practitioners who serve the chronically ill with new ideas and alternatives." - Mary de Chesnay, Professor, Kennesaw State University, US
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