September 24, 2014

Prescription for Life

With highly esteemed recommendations (a foreword by David Jeremiah, a Christian pastor and author of dozens of books, and a preface by Bill Frist, a former senator and heart and lung transplantation surgeon) I knew this book would contain exceptional information. Their contributions are forthright and personal, and ready the reader for the inspiring, life-changing pages of Dr. Richard Furman’sPrescription for Life.

This is one of the most motivating self-help books I’ve read in some time. It's much more than I expected. Prescription for Life illustrates a sensible approach to being your healthiest you.

The book is divided into seven parts:
          1.    What You Need to Understand about the Aging Process
          2.    Eat the Right Foods
          3.    Reach Your Ideal Weight
          4.    Exercise
          5.    Preventing Dementia
          6.    Preventing Cancer
          7.    Preventing Erectile Dysfunction
These seven titles seem rather simple, but the content of each section is full, interesting (which can be a rarity in health-conscious type books) and motivational.

I’d like to emphasize the motivational aspect. It doesn’t do us a whole lot of good to arm our brains with information on what we should or should not do to our bodies, if we aren’t motivated to implement the changes needed. But Prescription for Life has induced a hunger, so-to-speak, to modify the way I look at my body, age, exercise, food, and overall quality of life. I can’t name one other health-conscious type of book that has ever done that for me.

We all know eating the right foods and regular exercise results in a healthier body, but this book goes much deeper than that. It delves into the “how” and the “why” our bodies react to what we put into them, and the activity (or inactivity) we subject them to. It also touches on stories about individuals who waited until it was too late to decrease their risks of diseases, ailments, or even death. These stories aren’t scare tactics, but serve as warnings and motivations to do what we can…now.

The strategies in this book aren’t difficult. They aren’t miracle cures, lose weight fast plans, or look twenty years younger remedies. They are common sense approaches that fuel you with valuable information and the right tools to live a long, healthy, wonderful life.

5 Stars - Highly Recommended!

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Title: Like it
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 353
First Lines: “If only I had known.” Those are the saddest words a doctor can hear from someone who has just been diagnosed with a severe health problem—one that could have been prevented. But you are about to learn how to prevent the most common health problems that damage your body. I know this is a bold promise, but once you have read this book, you will never need to say, “If only…”

Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent over thirty years as a vascular surgeon. He is passionate about helping people prevent the problems that kill over half of all Americans. Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in North Carolina.

Author's proceeds from this book are donated to Samaritan's Purse for World Medical Mission to help build housing for doctors serving at mission hospitals abroad.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley and the Revell Books review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


  1. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.This book not only sounds great, but the added bonus of sales proceeds going to a good cause is a plus. You're review is informative, well written and makes me want to read the book!

  2. Thanks, J.M.! It's a fabulous book - and as you said, proceeds go to a great cause. :)


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