Reviews: Forty Years of Sacred Space

The internationally respected Kirkus-Indie Reviews just published their review. I am excited to share it here.

“Donovan presents radical theories of illness and healing in this philosophical, thought-provoking debut. Trained as a naturopath as well as a nurse, Donovan informs his theories with many years of experience in allopathic as well as alternative medicine. He is also a ‘poet, artist, and philosopher at heart’, so it’s not surprising that many such thinkers are quoted in support of the framework holding together his opinions. They include his position that illnesses mirror our psychological issues, which means that every disease provides an opportunity for ‘a creative act of self-discovery and self-transformation’. For example, he says, anger and blame can manifest as inflammation, whereas self-criticism can present as autoimmune disorders. He also makes the controversial argument that ‘we are our cancer and our cancer is an expression of us’. We should respond to the psychological pathologies underlying our illnesses, Donovan maintains, by trying to slay them as if they were mythological dragons. And, like other alternative healers and psychologists, he warns that many of us avoid slaying these demons because ‘death and illness are easier for some to handle than the freedom and self-revelation offered by healing’. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, many people would push aside as gobbledygook any assertion that deep-seated emotional wounds are causing their diseases and opt for pills, chemo, radiation and endless tests as their treatments of choice. Even doubters, however, would benefit from reading the quotations from such powerful thinkers as Paul Tillich, Teillard de Chardin, Erwin Schrodinger, Joseph Campbell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Voltaire and others. Donovan provides a veritable smorgasbord of nutritious thoughts for anyone interested in the topic of healing.” — Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744

“Many doctors talk about treating their patients in body, mind and soul. Few actually do. Patrick Donovan is one of them. This book is a must-read addition to our understanding of what health and healing truly means, and more importantly, of what miracles of healing are possible within the sacred space that exists within us all as part of our divine nature. I highly recommend it.”—Larry Trivieri Jr, editor/co-author, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide, author The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health

“There is a hugely positive density to this book. Packed closely with years of front line clinical effort, pulling you toward it. Wisdom, savvy, compassion. A healer's handbook about the bigger picture. This is required reading for naturopathic doctors if you ask me.” — David Schleich, PhD President, National College of Natural Medicine

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