Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Christian Health Manual

In Dr. Robert Peprah-Gyamfi's 'The Christian Health Manual,' a comprehensive guide on common health conditions is presented which is, as he states, “largely for the Christian reader.” Told from a Christian perspective, Dr. Peprah-Gyamfi advocates a lifestyle that prevents disease which includes practicing a Christian lifestyle. Although Christian teachings are emphasized, he also focuses on medical science for treating diseases and other health conditions.

The purpose of the book is to “educate Christians and public at large to prevent and treat some of the common diseases while providing readers with a broad knowledge about the causes and treatment of the common diseases that affect humanity.” In the manual, Dr. Peprah-Gyamfi emphasizes the power of prayer as an important part of preventing disease as much as living a healthy lifestyle and having the right mental attitude. He contends, “uncontrollable human illness equates with uncontrollable human behavior that is good for nothing.” He provides passages from the bible to support adopting a healthy mind and body.

Dr. Peprah-Gyamfi talks about ‘Divine Replacement Therapy' and states that “prayer and conventional medical science do not contravene each other.” As well, he traces the root cause of disorders back to the fall of mankind in Eden.  That is, “disease, suffering, and death came into the world as a result of the curse pronounced on Adam and Eve after disobeying God.” When discussing prevention through godly living, he emphasizes the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, smoking, and promiscuity. For instance, he says “we must, indeed, guard against sinful tendencies, for, like cancer cells, sin can spread in an uncontrollable fashion.” Not only does he discuss the importance of living a Christian life, but he also focuses the medical aspects of many common medical conditions and outlines their cause, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and how to avoid the triggers that cause the conditions.

For readers who are devout Christians, 'The Christian Health Manual,' is practical health guide that teaches readers how to employ their faith to promote a healthy mind and body. Readers will enjoy reading his anecdotes about his life in a rural Ghanaian village. It is an easy to read health manual that is both practical and informative. When he talks about disease, he talks about how it is essential that one maintains a pure mind and body and how such social factors as family break down, conflict, poverty, and underdevelopment, can cause disease. 'The Christian Health Manual' will be appreciated and enjoyed by Christians who are seeking a healthier spiritual, physical, and mental life.

Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services


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