ABOUT THE BOOK
“This is a powerful indictment of America’s profit-obsessed, red-tape-riddled healthcare industry.” —Publishers Weekly
Conversations about health and health care are increasingly complex to sustain across ideological lines, including in the church. Yet Christians read the Bible and see that healing of both body and spirit are bound up in the message of salvation. What would Jesus, who reached out to heal so many people, do if he lived in the twenty-first century? How do we sort out a biblical response to the fault lines in the American health care system not along partisan lines but because, like Jesus, we want to help people know the fullness of life God created them for? The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic was one shared national experience that shed light on injustices and gaping holes in health care for underserved and vulnerable groups of people, but this has been the reality for decades. All across the country, faith-based groups have been rising up in their communities to give healing and real hope to people left in the margins.
Just as the overarching story of the Bible unfolds God’s heart of love, connecting humans to God, stories are an unrivaled way to connect humans to humans. This book is chock full of stories that put names and faces on people who are too often “othered” statistics of people marginalized by the health care system. But it also puts the names and faces on people answering the gospel’s call to provide healing ministry in the name of Jesus to those who have no one else to depend on for quality care. The stories featured here highlight pervasive issues that don’t have easy answers. Health issues intertwined with social and economic issues illustrate both the complexity of the challenges and the creativity of the solutions—and the determination of followers of Jesus to find them.
Patient stories are matched with faithful ministry profiles that inspire readers to awareness, action, and advocacy in local communities around issues of health care justice rooted in faith.