Mine is not a religious blog. So why am I writing about Rabbi David Wolpe's book, Why Faith Matters?
Illness forces Healthy Survivors to face their mortality in a whole new way. For some, the diagnosis marks the beginning of a spiritual journey.
"You may discover faith for the first time. You may learn how to pray, or you may join religious services and study groups. If you had religious fatih before your illness, you may reinforce your long-standing beliefs and enjoy the comfort, strength, direction and hope that come from tested faith.
"Another possibility is that you join the patients who abandon their professed religious, finding it empty. Instead you may enjoy a new belief system and a different way to express your spirituality, one that feels more genuine and comforting. It is also possible that you'll hold on to old beliefs but only after taking them in a different direction. Whatever you believe, tested beliefs are strong beliefs that can create a satisfying sense of wholeness that leads to happiness." *
If you are re-evaluating your belief system, Why Faith Matters can help you achieve spiritual health by helping you sort out the relationship between a scientific approach to your illness (and to the world) and your faith, whatever faith that might be.
* Happiness in a Storm, page 337