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A Reader's Guide to the Church's Ministry of Healing

Melton, J. Gordon

 This mimeographed bibliography by the founder/director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion is for "those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of paranormal healing in the context of the historic church" (p. 4). Melton provides a short history of the modern healing movement followed by the bibliography proper, which is aimed at being "an exhaustive listing of books concerning spiritual healing as it relates to the mainline Western religious tradition in the 19th and 20th centuries. Supplementary and selective listings are given for various related topics" (p. 10). An added feature is that the location of at least one copy of each book has been attempted. Books are listed under the following headings: "Twelve Recommended Books on Spiritual Healing" (12), "Phenomenological Studies of Spiritual Healing" (21), "The Emmanuel Movement" (15), "Works Written Prior to 1920" (69), "Works Written 1920-1929" (36), "Mainline Works on Spiritual Healing" (277), "Churches' Reports on Spiritual Healing" (17), "New Thought" (60), "Christian Science" (31); "The Spiritualist Tradition" (29), "The Pentecostal Deliverance Tradition" (62), "Roman Catholic" (21), "Periodical Literature" (57), "Non-Allopathic Medicine" (22), and a "Miscellaneous Category" (62). There are addenda by chapter supplying an additional 25 titles. A total of 816 books and articles are listed.
Publisher Information:Evanston, IL: Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, 1973. 78p.
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