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The Healer's Heart [Paperback]

By Diane Komp (Author)
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Yale AIDS physician Luke Tayspill arrives in Sierra Leone wondering whether the faith his ancestors died for is a creed by which man can live.

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If you have no cause worth dying for,
do you have a reason to live?
"Jedus say, 'Come folla me ' Bot de man ansa um say,
'Sah, fus leh me go an bury me papa.'"
Luke 9:59, "De Good Nyews Bout Jedus Christ Wa Luke Write (Gullah)
While sorting through family papers following his father's massive stroke, Dr. Luke Tayspill, Yale Medical School's top infectious disease specialist, stumbles across a manuscript written decades earlier by his beloved grandfather. The book bears an ominous title, "The Deaths of Lukas Tayspill-"not death, but "deaths."
A closer inspection reveals that the book is about three characters with the same name. The first two Lucas Tayspills were 19th century Quakers who suffered martyrs' deaths. The third story-set in the future-ends abruptly with the arrival of a Dr. Lucas Tayspill in a plague-ridden, war torn African land. Was his grandfather foretelling Luke's own life story-and prophesying his death?
Luke sets out on a deeply personal journey to Sierra Leone. But his pilgrimage to understand death leads to a powerful and unexpected encounter with the essence of life. Will Luke fulfill his grandfather's vision?
This contemporary look at the spiritual journey of a doctor named Luke, "The Healer's Heart" thoughtfully brings the Gospel physician into our twenty-first century world.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 21, 2006
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578569133  
ISBN13  9781578569137  

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More About Diane Komp

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Diane Komp is a physician and retired Yale medical professor who has written extensively about the spiritual side of health care. For twenty-five years she has studied and taught about St. Luke, the Bible s beloved physician. Her previous books include A Window to Heaven: When Children See Life in Death."

Diane Komp currently resides in Guilford, in the state of Connecticut.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Healer's Heart?

Interesting and inspirational   Jan 8, 2007
The characters in this book keep your attention as I was never sure exactly what they were going to do. At the same time, they seemed real enough that I could picture them in their settings, or I would know them if they walked into a room. I found the story, or stories, as several things seemed to be happening, original and fresh. Yet, they were things that are real in our world and need to be told. I read this book in two days. I recommend it.
strong modern day retelling of the St. Luke story   Feb 25, 2006
Yale University Medical School Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Luke Tayspill visits his dying father in Ohio. Being there makes him wonder how his currently estranged journalist wife Theo is dong in London, where she deals with a strange physical diagnosis that she hides from Luke and from the post-traumatic stress disorder caused when she covered war ravaged Sarajevo. He further reflects back on his childhood when his father showed no positive emotions while his grandfather gave him a zest for life.

Inside a secret compartment of a locked desk, Luke finds a hidden manuscript "The Deaths of Lukas Tayspill" written by his late loving grandfather Giles, he is shocked not just by the title, but also by the revelations of two ancestry Luke Tayspills dying martyr deaths and the tale of a third to be completed in the near future. He decides to finish the story his grandfather set forth in the journal. Seeking closure, Luke travels to war wracked Sierra Leone where his grandfather's story started but he will "write" the ending with his actions in this devastated African nation.

THE HEALER'S HEART is a strong modern day retelling of the St. Luke story that fans will appreciate. Luke is a terrific protagonist whose discovery of the journal opens his mind to all sorts of possibilities when one believes in Jesus while performing good deeds. Though the story line contains too many subplots in too many different periods that at times makes it difficult to follow, Diane M. Komp provides a strong character driven look at faith in the modern age.

Harriet Klausner
A good read.  Feb 21, 2006
Dr. Luke Tayspill is a director of Yale's AIDS program. He expects to spend a tranquil Thanksgiving with his parents; however, his father has a mini-stroke. Luke ends up dealing with a stubborn father who refuses to believe his health could get worse. Then comes a big stroke.

Luke goes into his father's study in hopes of locating a living will or something similar. The desk within the study is riddled with secret compartments. Luke stumbles upon a drawer previously unknown to him and finds a manuscript written by his grandfather. Eerily, the manuscript seems to be about Luke and his MANY deaths.

Theodora "Theo" is Luke's wife. She is a renowned journalist. After covering a war in Sarajevo ten years prior, Theo finds herself changed. She feels lost and is drifting away from Luke. Theo goes to London and agrees to work for Nathan, who is the London bureau chief of the New York Times, for the next six months. During this time she wonders how long it will be before she is forced to inform Luke about the report from her London neurologist.

*** This is a heartwarming novel that focuses mainly on Luke and his struggle to find his true home. Its secondary focus is the relations between Luke and those he loves. However, there are way too many flash backs. If I put the book down for longer than a day, I could not simply pick it up and continue. I had to back track to see if I was reading past or present. As I got deeper into the story, these flashes happened less often. The most interesting parts of the story contain excerpts of the manuscript by Grandpa Giles. All-on-all, a good read. ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

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