Do people really get miraculously healed today? Check out my review of "Raising the Dead" by Dr. Crandall

Raising the Dead

Publisher: FaithWords (March 28, 2012)

About the book...

On October 20, 2006, a middle-aged auto mechanic, Jeff Markin, walked into the emergency room at the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital and collapsed from a massive heart attack. Forty minutes later he was declared dead. After filling out his final report, the supervising cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, started out of the room. "Before I crossed its threshold, however, I sensed God was telling me to turn around and pray for the patient," Crandall explained.

With that prayer and Dr. Crandall's instruction to give the man what seemed one more useless shock from the defibrillator, Jeff Markin came back to life--and remains alive and well today.
But how did a Yale-educated cardiologist whose Palm Beach practice includes some of the most powerful people in American society, including several billionaires, come to believe in supernatural healing?

The answers to these questions compose a story and a spiritual journey that transformed Chauncey Crandall.

My Review

The word "riveting" is not a word I often apply to non-fiction books....but in this case, there is simply no other word I could use to adequately describe this fascinating book! Dr. Crandall has penned a book sure to challenge your faith in Raising The Dead, a memoir that I found moving in it's honesty, and one that caused me to think about what I believe about the supernatural and why. The book tackles difficult issues indeed, such as parents struggling with a sick child, how to handle trials in our lives, or the role of healing and prayer. I imagine that for every reader who loves the book, there may be another who may take issue with the charismatic leanings of the author. However, I encourage readers to pick up this book no matter what denomination you are affiliated with, because we all need to be pushed out of our comfort zones now and again. The book is mesmerizing as an account of what the author and his family experienced, and yet it also will no doubt serve to stimulate many conversations between Christians on topics of prayer, healing, the Charismatic movement, and ultimately the power of Jesus to save.

I give Raising the Dead a high recommendation for being a well-written book that entertains while making you think, and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.

About the author

Dr. Chauncey Crandall is Director of the Cardiovascular Preventive Medicine Program and Associate Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Jupiter Florida. Dr. Crandall practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine and additional years of investigational research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall completed his cardiology fellowship training at Beth Israel Hospital and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and interventional cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Crandall remained at the Medical College of Virginia as Assistant Professor of Medicine and as Chief of the Heart Transplant Program.

In 1993, Dr. Crandall accepted a faculty appointment at Duke University and established the Duke University Interventional Cardiology Program in south Florida. Dr. Crandall continues private practice in the Palm Beach area, and is attending physician at Palm Beach Gardens, Good Samaritan, and Jupiter Medical Centers.

Dr. Crandall has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from heart transplantation to preventive cardiology. Dr. Crandall is Chairman of the non-profit Chadwick Foundation and devotes extensive time to third world missionary based medicine.

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