Thursday, January 24, 2013

What You Need to Know about Healing

What You Need to Know about Healing
A Physical and Spiritual Guide

Harold J Sala
(B&H Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1-4336-7889-9
January 2013/230 pages/$14.99

Is the Great Physician Still Practicing?

Harold J. Sala Says Yes in What You Need to Know about Healing

“Where is God in my need, my pain, and my need for healing in my broken life?” It’s a question that Harold Sala is familiar with as he encounters believers and seekers through venues such as his ministry Guidelines International, Inc. Sala, founder and president of the ministry which is dedicated to communicating the ministry of Christ, also hosts the “Guidelines” radio commentary which is heard on over 1000 radio stations worldwide, as well as translated into more than 15 languages.

Combining careful research, biblical narratives, and personal stories of physical and spiritual healing, internationally known Bible teacher and counselor Dr. Harold Sala points to how trusting God yields lasting and eternal rewards in What You Need to Know About Healing. While no one is promised tomorrow, you will receive true encouragement for whatever circumstance may be yours, and you will better understand the compas- sionate nature of our Heavenly Father and how to find healing His way.

“God touches some individuals in a supernatural manner and brings immediate healing. There are times, however, when God works through the hands of skilled physicians. Then there are times when, for reasons we may never understand, God blesses some with suffering, allowing them to taste of His presence and goodness, transforming pain into purpose,” Sala shares in What You Need to Know about Healing.

Chapters include “Is the Great Physician Still Practicing?” “Jehovah Rapha (the God Who Heals) in the Old Testament,” “Healings that Defy Rationale,” and “Redemptive Healing--Transforming Pain into a Life Purpose.”

This dynamic resource is suitable for those who need physical or spiritual healing as well as for their family members, friends, caregivers, and other health or ministry professionals.


Harold J. Sala is founder and president of Guidelines International, Inc., a ministry communicating the message of Jesus Christ so that people come to faith in the Lord and believers are discipled and strengthened. Sala has written dozens of books and is the featured speaker on “Guidelines: A Five-Minute Commentary on Living,” a daily radio program broadcast on 1,000+ radio stations worldwide and translated into more than 15 languages.


As a nurse and one who serves my church as care minister, as well as one who has known friends and loved ones who have suffered a variety of moderate to severe illnesses, I was intrigued by the description of this book. Harold J. Sala discusses healing as it occurred within both the Old and New Testaments, in the days after the New Testament ends, and in modern times both in the USA and around the world. He addresses why believers are so hesitant to believe that God heals today and also points out how the gift of healing has been misused and misunderstood. One thing I particularly appreciated was his acknowledgement of the different ways that God may manifest healing in a person's life: immediate/supernatural healing, integrative healing (healing through physicians and medical science, redemptive healing (spiritual blessing in the midst of suffering, turning pain into purpose), and ultimate healing (through death). Anecdotes of each of these types of healing are shared throughout the book. Accounts of entire families coming to know Christ because of a miraculous healing demonstrate that God's ultimate purpose is to bring glory to Himself and to turn hearts toward Him. This is not a quick read or a how-to book to guarantee a desired outcome but a thought-provoking book that mature believers will want to read and ponder.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing and The B&B Media Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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