Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal. She is one of the best-known of the early pioneers of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. As a medical educator, therapist, and teacher, Rachel has enabled many thousands of physicians and other health professionals to work from the heart, and thousands of patients to remember their power to heal. Her groundbreaking curriculum for medical students, The Healer’s Art, is taught in ninety of America’s medical schools and medical schools in seven countries abroad. This master storyteller and observer of life has published two bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, which have sold more than a million copies and are translated into twenty-three languages. Rachel has had Crohn’s disease for more than sixty years, and her work is a unique blend of the wisdom, strength, and experience of both doctor and patient.
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal
“I recommend this book highly to everyone.”… Deepak Chopra, M.D.
The The New York Times bestseller addresses the spiritual issues that make cancer survivors ponder: suffering, meaning, love, faith, and miracles.
“Despite the awesome powers of technology, many of us still do not live very well,” says Dr. Rachel Remen. “We may need to listen to one another’s stories again.” Dr. Remen, whose unique perspective on healing comes from her background as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness, invites us to listen from the soul.
My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.
Dr. Remen’s grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life.
Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My Grandfather’s Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others. Serving others heals us. Through our service, we will discover our own wholeness—and the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.
The Will to Live and Other Mysteries
“Life is best defined not by science, but by mystery,” teaches Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. The beloved healer of the heart probes the universal experience of the unknown that can come in times of crisis. Join this master storyteller as she shares compelling front-line stories of people who opened to mystery and found healing. Complete with step-by-step exercises that Dr. Remen recommends to her own patients.