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Why Christians Get Sick [Paperback]

George H. Malkmus
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December 1995
With a diagnosis of colon cancer, Rev. Malkmus launched an intensive biblical and scientific search to find out why he, a Christian, got sick--and to possibly find an alternative treatment to the medical profession's usually unsuccessful ones. What he discovered not only brought healing to his own body, but also answered Why Christians Get Sick.

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In 1976, at the age of 42, Dr. George Malkmus was told he had colon cancer. How could this be? He was a Christian! He was a pastor! He had dedicated his life to the Lord! His immediate response was, "Why?"

Not willing to accept this cancer as "God's will" for his life, he began an intensive biblical and scientific study to find out why--and to possibly find an alternative treatment to the usually unsuccessful treatments of the medical profession. What Dr. Malkmus discovered not only brought healing to his own body, but also answers these questions:

Why do Christians get sick? Can people be free from physical problems? Are cancer and other physical problems avoidable? What can a person do to avoid sickness?

By applying the knowledge shared in this book, Christians--and for that matter, all people--can be free from almost every physical problem known to man!

About the Author

Dr. George H. Malkmus has pastored churches in New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee, and founded both a Christian school and a Bible Institute. His radio broadcast, "America Needs Christ," aired for more than 15 years. The author of two books, he currently publishes a health magazine that has a circulation exceeding 100,000. Dr Malkmus appears regularly on television and radio stations, and conducts health seminars throughout the country.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent message, but inaccurate claims June 13 2002
This book is an enigma. The overall message of this book is excellent. However, some of the specific claims in it are false, and in some cases outrageously so.
First the good. There is much debate in Christian circles as to why Christians get sick. Some claim it is due to a lack of faith. Others say it is God's will for the person to be sick, that He is "testing" the individual or developing character in them. And others say that it's not possible to know why a particular person got sick.
But Malkmus says that in most cases the cause has nothing to do with these "spiritual" reasons. The cause is simply physical. Christians get sick as a result of living unhealthy lifestyles. And all one has to do is observe what Christian eat when they get together to confirm this.
After just about every home Bible study I've been to junk food is served, and everyone except me partakes of it. And the waistlines of Christians reflect this. It seems that at most Bible studies I am about the only person there who is not significantly overweight. And most of these overweight Christians seem to have diabetes. But they seem unwilling to admit the connection between the two. And it is not just diabetes: heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and many other illnesses are diet-related.
Exercise is another important factor the Malkmus discusses, and rightly so. Lack of exercise also contributes to all of the above and many other illnesses. Malkmus also discusses the need for pure air, pure water, sunshine, adequate rest, and a positive mental attitude. And all of these are important as well, but most Christians again see little concerned with any of these.
But amidst this excellent and much needed message, the many false statements Malkmus makes detract from the value of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wake-up call to Christians Jan. 14 2001
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People who condemn this book on a biblical basis are missing a couple of very important points. First, the foods which comprise our contemporary diets are a far cry from the foods of biblical times, what with the modern use of pesticides, hormones, preservatives, etc. Second, St. Paul very clearly states "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify." (1 Cor. 10:23 NAS) Malkmus does not maintain that eating certain foods will send you to hell or sever your relationship with God, only that they will cause additional burdens of sickness and premature death. He accurately points out that Christianity has devoted itself almost entirely to the spiritual side of man while ignoring the physical side. Remember it was God who created the physical body and declared that His creation was good (Gen 1:31). All that being said, my most compelling reason for giving this book a favorable review is the fact I have personally used the Malkmus program which has resulted in a level of personal health I never thought possible...as a man in my mid-forties I have regained the vigor of my twenties!
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2.0 out of 5 stars ...there's more to the story here... April 30 2002
...I don't know...call me a skeptic, but I just had to question this man's approach a bit. Talk of good nutrition has interested me for a long time, and I think it's very important stuff. I'm willing to hear a lot of different views and consider various approaches, but in the end, I've got to weigh it all against the Word of God, pray and then walk in the direction I feel led. That's just me.
So I've heard the author's claims. He was sick. He changed his diet. He got well. Now he's completely convinced that this will work for everyone, too. It's almost like he's GUARANTEEING eating raw fruits and veggies, taking your Barley Green and drinking fresh carrot juice will heal you of all things from dandruff to diabetes. I understand how passionate we can be about something when it's worked amazingly for us. But I honestly just don't think this book is for everyone. Though he cites the book of Genesis as the "original" diet (comprised of raw fruits and vegetables) as the perfect one, he seems to think this is the only book in the Bible that talks about food! There are PLENTY of other scriptural references to Jesus' consumption of fish, the goodness of olive oil, bread and wine. Granted, the quality of the food in biblical days was undoubtedly different from the food of our present day society, and probably better all the way around. But I don't think that all food is bad. I think the key here is balance --- unfortunately, this is something most people don't know how to embrace. What do we REALLY know about moderation? Something tastes good to us and we eat and eat and eat. It comes down to a matter of simple self-control --- something that some folks just don't want to give a second thought to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Borderline Infomercial but still good stuff Dec 26 2002
By A Customer
I give the book four stars because I feel the advertisement about the nutrition center should have or could have been left out.
However, like some folks said this information should be common sense I agree is should be but look around. Does your life style or the life style of your Christian friends show common sense? I believe most of us (not all because some folks are on the right track) can get some good from this or similar teaching about our physical health. And if we are physically healthy we will be better ambassadors for Christ. True, it is not going to be a cure all for everybody but the principals are good. The one big drawback that I see is being able to afford whole natural foods. Too many of us have to live in and work in environments that preclude natural food styles, but just like most of us don¡¯t fully live up to every precept of the Bible itself, it is still worth striving for. I would say prayerfully read the book.
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