"I am the happiest man in the world because God entrusted me with this mission."
In John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who's Touched the Lives of Millions, a seemingly average rancher from Abadiânia, Brazil, offers a powerful message of love, compassion, and hope for humanity. João Teixeira de Faria, the healer and medium known as John of God, allows "spirit doctors" to take over his body three times a week to miraculously treat the thousands of people from all over the world who come in need of remedy. John of God has fulfilled his mission as a medium for more than forty-eight years, making numerous pilgrimages around the world. Drawn by the hope of instantaneous healing, over eight million believers have proceeded in front of him throughout his life, as tens of thousands journey to Brazil each year to see John of God and his home, the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, which is designed to accommodate hundreds of visitors each day. Despite all the media attention paid to this inter-nationally praised healer, little has been revealed about his personal life. Translator Heather Cumming and photographer Karen Leffler have traveled with John of God and chronicled his life and work. What began as an endeavor to document the testimonials of his remarkable healings has now become the first complete, authorized portrait of his world. Stirring words and vivid photographs -- many of which capture the haunting spiritual energy that surrounds John of God and the Casa -- take us on an affecting and deeply personal journey with the humble medium who offers hope for people with none. The result is an intimate portrait of an ordinary individual in extraordinary circumstances and a reading experience that will bring readers of every persuasion closer to their faith. To learn more about John of God and his mission, go to www.beyondword.com and www.friendsofthecasa.org.
Heather Cumming is one of the official translators for John of God, a “daughter of the Casa,” and shamanic practitioner. She grew up in Brazil riding with the wranglers, whose foreman was the local shaman. As a translator, she assists John of God and the Spirit Guides to see up to two thousand people a day. As a Reiki master in the United States, she offers healing practices and leads tours to visit John of God in Brazil. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, as well as Abadiânia, Brazil.
Karen Leffler is a published freelance photographer and a “daughter of the Casa.” Her many trips to the Casa de Dom Inácio have resulted in wonderful light-filled images of the healing energy and sacred space. She is a Buddhist, Qigong practitioner, and “spirit photographer” and lives in Weston, Connecticut.
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (May 1, 2007)
Length: 224 pages
"Heather Cumming and Karen Leffler bring us into a wonderful world where we learn how the power of unconditional love creates unlimited possibilities, miraculous healings, and hope. John of God's work and the message of the entities are vital to the healing of the planet." -- Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
"These exquisite descriptions of the process of healing open a window through which one enters another reality. This powerful book challenges fundamental assumptions about the extent to which spirit actively intervenes in our lives. Spirit jumps off the pages and the book will not leave you unchanged." -- Robert Dreyfus, M.D., psychiatrist and healer
"This book is solid and enriching -- an insightful and inspiring book that will help millions of people for years to come. The authors have done a fantastic job of presenting John of God's story with clarity and accuracy. No other book about John of God offers such a rich assortment of firsthand accounts of this remarkable man." -- Bill Hayes, president and executive producer of Figure 8 Films and Advanced Medical Productions, Inc.
"No other book so heartfully describes the private life and personal history of the extraordinary medium and healer known as John of God. Heather and Karen are to be acknowledged for adding more dimension to our view of the benevolent spirits and spiritual healing." -- Emma Bragdon, Ph.D., author of Spiritual Alliances and Kardec's Spiritism, coproducer of I Do Not Heal, God Is the One Who Heals: A Tribute to John of God
"This inspiring book will take you on a journey of self-healing and hope. Your eyes will be opened to how the divine current of love flows to us in order to alleviate personal suffering. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, this is a must-read book!" -- Trudy Griswold, coauthor of Angelspeake: How to Talk with Your Angels and The Angelspeake Book of Prayer and Healing
"John of God is one of the most important documents ever to be written on the capacity of spiritual healing and the metaphysical mysteries that are unfolding in our world today." -- Jenny Lauren, author of Homesick
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