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The Gift of Pain: Why We Hurt and What We Can Do about It [Paperback]

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Pain is not something that most of us would count as a blessing; however, what it is and why we need it if we're to live life fully is brought to light in this book.

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A WORLD WITHOUT PAIN? Can such a place exist? It not only can---it does. But it s no utopia. It s a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences. His work with leprosy patients in India and the United States convinced Dr. Paul Brand that pain truly is one of God s great gifts to us. In this inspiring story of his fifty-year career as a healer, Dr. Brand probes the mystery of pain and reveals its importance. As an indicator that lets us know something is wrong, pain has a value that becomes clearest in its absence. The Gift of Pain looks at what pain is and why we need it. Together, the renowned surgeon and award-winning writer Philip Yancey shed fresh light on a gift that none of us want and none of us can do without."

Awards and Recognitions
The Gift of Pain: Why We Hurt and What We Can Do about It by Paul W. Brand has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1994 Winner - Inspirational category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   340
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 1997
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310221447  
ISBN13  9780310221449  
UPC  025986221447  

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Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website:

Paul Brand died in 2003.

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1Books > Audiocassettes > Health, Mind & Body > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about Gift Of Pain?

A Truly Great Book  Nov 30, 1999
This was the first book that introduced me to the writing of Philip Yancey. He is a truly great writer and this story of Dr. Brand's life is exceptional. I suffer with chronic pain and have for many years. I was profoundly impacted by the wisdom of this book and found that reading it has made a healing difference in how I view my pain. Not only that, the tale of Dr. Brand's life is fascinating. I never knew much at all about leprosy and thought it was a disease of the past.

I think the title can deter some people from reading it. I remember hearing about it when I wasn't in chronic pain and it definitely did not sound like a subject I wanted to dwell on. For some reason, though, I purchased it and put it up on a shelf for years. One day I happened on it--when I was ready to read it.

Do miss this. The human body and the God who designed it is truly amazing.
Read and rejoice in this book!  Nov 30, 1999
Dr. Paul Brand's "The Gift of Pain" (with Philip Yancey co-authoring) is probably my favorite-ever book. It reads like a mystery, a biography and a story-teller's yarn all at the same time. Be careful - once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down; the dishes will pile up in the sink and you'll stay up later than you should, reading by flashlight if necessary. Apart from the Bible, I can't recall any other book that has been so uplifting to my soul. It is the only book that, after reading a library copy, I bought not one but two copies: one to keep and one to loan out to anyone I can encourage to read it. The Brand/Yancey team also wrote two other excellent works ("In His Image" and "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made"), and there is a biography of Dr. Brand entitled "Ten Fingers for God." All well worth reading, but "Pain" is by far the best. My only regret is not having met Dr. Brand personally. If I had to choose one man (apart from Jesus himself) to point out to my son and tell him, "Grow up to be like that man," it would be Dr. Paul Brand. Do your soul a favor; read this book!
An absolute must read and share! I won't be the same.  Nov 30, 1999
"The Gift of Pain" was recommended to me by my sister-in-law who read it while in a book club with a nurse. I have now recommended it to everyone that I know! It's a rare find to read a non-fiction PAGE-TURNER that not only edifies you intellectually but absolutely changes the way you view your body and health, in general. There are a few parts that would turn a weak stomach so get ready, but just get through those and keep reading. This book will make you laugh, cry, and absolutely open your heart and change you - emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Don't miss it!
So many would benefit  Nov 30, 1999
This is a five-star book if ever there was one. All about the author, Paul Brand's amazing life and his theories about pain. Because I'm experiencing chronic pain, I found his book useful and was taken by his compassionate, commonsense approach gained from decades of life working with leprosy patients among others. I ended up with enormous respect for Dr. Brand and believe much of what he knows about pain to be true: fear, loneliness, helplessness, and isolation increase pain. Dr. Brand is a committed Christian, but you will find his book useful whatever your faith. Very highly recommended.
A Journey not a read!  Nov 30, 1999
If ever there was a book that deserves accolades, this is it. And yet no amount of superlatives could express just how wonderful this book is and what it does to you. It is not so much a book about pain as a book about life. It evokes a sense of gratitude for life that will stay with you for life. How fortunate it makes you feel when you read about both the misfortune and the courage of others. And how the true meaning of life becomes apparent. Without ever telling you what to think, Dr Brand makes you think. He makes you realise that life, with all its challenges, is the great gift. There were times when reading this book that I found myself so moved emotionally that I had to stop reading, almost as if I had to take a deep breath and contemplate what I had just read. And then, slowly, I'd pick the book up again and re-read that moving passage before continuing on. This book is a journey more than a read. It is a journey you will never forget. Please buy it.

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