From Grace Ketterman, M.D.
The Preface of “At Eden’s Gate: Whole Health and Well-Being” published 1998.
In Today’s world, there are pills or powders for almost all ills. But many people prefer to avoid medications. Mrs. Maxwell has created a masterpiece of research and writing for just such persons. In clear style, she describes how to coordinate the necessary resources for health–proper nutrition, exercise, rest, nurture of the mind and spirit, and positive interpersonal relations. If you are interested in a balanced and healthy lifestyle, read this book!
One of the most commonly-omitted facets of modern day life is that of spirituality. The demands on our time, energy and money keep us so focused on materialism that we tend to forget the values of the Spirit. Yet freedom from guilt, with all of its tension-producing anxiety, is available through spiritual means. Recognition of our failings, repentance, restitution and forgiveness are all functions of the spirit. Without offending any given philosophy or faith, these pages will teach you how these processes can totally heal.
The evidence of spiritual health is seen in the growth of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, teachableness, and other qualities of greatness. It hardly needs saying that when these characteristics are strong, psychological health will also be strong. It is impossible to remain angry, worried, or in conflict when one is primarily loving, joyful, and peaceful!
Holistic medicine increasingly teaches the intertwining of the spirit, body, emotions, and mind. This book is an encyclopedia of holistic concepts. Anyone will benefit from understanding and practicing the information given here. I cannot adequately tell you how strongly I recommend it.
Grace H. Ketterman, M.D.
From Gordon E. Maxwell, M.D.
Foreword to “At Eden’s Gate: Whole Health and Well-Being” published in 1998.
Since the time of Hippocrates, wise people have known that to maintain or restore health is too large an issue to be handled only by the physician. It also requires a responsible and responsive patient and a supportive family or community structure.
In this book, the author is doing some pioneer work in exploring and clarifying these relationships. She hopes that the reader will gain understanding of the close interaction of body and mind, of individual and community, and of wellness to inner peace and happiness. She emphasizes the individual’s responsibility to learn, to grow and to become a stronger person. She appropriately maintains that a personal faith committment is part of being a whole person. This book should help many to achieve this goal.
Gordon E. Maxwell, M.D.