Date published: March 7, 2012
Partners in Care: Medicine and Ministry Together By Frederick Reklau Wipf and Stock, 150 pp., $19.00 paperback
"Cure may occur without healing; healing may occur without cure." "Cure fosters function; healing fosters purpose." "Cure manages; healing touches." Reklau advances 14 such theses, less as arguments than as openings for reflection on what ministers of the gospel bring to the hospital room. His theses highlight the tension between the discourse of doctors and that of ministers, but he is too experienced a minister and too thoughtful a theologian to dwell only on the conflicts. This little book, shaped by a wealth of pastoral experience, is about the multiple dimensions of care and the necessity of partnerships in ministry.