ABOUT THE BOOK
In 2007, Lissa Rankin left a promising career in medicine to tend to her own health and well-being. Her search to discover why people really get sick and what truly optimizes health outcomes launched a bestselling book, two television specials, and a revolution in the way we look at mind-body medicine. But so many questions remained for this doctor and skeptic. How is it that some people do everything right and stay sick, while others seem to do nothing extraordinary yet fully recover? How does faith healing work—or does it? What’s behind the phenomenon of spontaneous remission—and is this something we can influence? Can we make ourselves miracle-prone?
Certain that, if she looked hard enough, she would find the answers, Dr. Rankin embarked on a decade-long journey to explore these questions and more. The result is Sacred Medicine, both a seeker’s travelogue and a discerning guide to the sometimes-perilous paths available to patients when wellness fads, lifestyle changes, and doctors have failed them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lissa has been writing since kindergarten and was offered her first book deal when she was 12, which she turned down, since they were her private stories. She was a creative writing major at Duke University and wrote her first fiction book as her thesis on African American women’s literature while in college. Throughout her medical training while becoming an OB/GYN, she wrote stories inspired by her patients and used writing to heal the moral injury she felt while working within a corrupt medical system.
When she quit her job as a doctor in 2007, she finally succumbed to her lifelong desire to be a career writer. Her first book Broken, a memoir about her journey through the wounded health care system, never got published because she didn’t have an audience. So at the urging of her literary agent, in 2009, Lissa began blogging and publishing The Daily Flame, a daily email love letter from your “Inner Pilot Light” to your wounded parts, based on the healing model Internal Family Systems (IFS), a trauma healing spiritual path which Lissa incorporates into all the healing and writing workshops she facilitates.
Because her blog and Daily Flame emails quickly garnered a large readership, she was able to publish her first book in 2010 and has been blessed to have her last 7 books published. Her third book, the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine, has sold over 300,000 copies in 28 languages.
Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen, 1440, Omega, and Kripalu.
Her latest health equity project is non-profit work committed to democratizing trauma healing and spiritual healing while eliminating the public health epidemic of loneliness, bringing Sacred Medicine out of its current status as a luxury good to anyone who needs it and is open to it, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender identity.
Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter Mira, who is also a writer, and her puppy Gaia, who would tell great stories if only she knew how.
“A must-read for anyone who respects the importance of conventional medicine and also wants to dive into the transformative possibilities of emotional and spiritual healing.”
“This is a deeper medicine.”
“She has managed to honor both the sacred and the science while illuminating the truth that the two are inextricably linked.”
“The book we’ve all been waiting for.”
“This is the wisest, most thorough analysis of the mysteries of healing to appear in years.”
“A big step forward in bridging the gap between traditional and alternative healing!”
Podcasts, Event Recordings & Interviews
Inner Work 128: Going beyond the limits of conventional medicine to heal the whole self w/ Dr. Lissa Rankin
Inner Work: A Spiritual Growth Podcast
Dr. Lissa Rankin on healing our bodies and traumas, part 2
Mental Health Podcast
Balancing Conventional & Sacred Medicine with Dr. Lissa Rankin
Life, Death and the Space Between
Is There a Holy Grail of Healing?
Health & Healing, Spirituality
Dr. Lissa Rankin on Healing From Within
A DOCTOR’S QUEST TO UNRAVEL THE MYSTERIES OF HEALING – EPISODE 244
EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN RADIO: A Spiritual Growth Podcast
How spirituality impacts your health | Lissa Rankin, M.D.
A Triumvirate of Healing Live at the Lanoue Gallery in Bosten, MA –
Live Event Recording
A Triumvirate of Healing Live at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT –
Live Event Recording
The Empowered Spirit Show | Sacred Medicine with Dr. Lissa Rankin
Podcasts Worth a Listen
The Body Show: Integrative Medicine Traditions | Inspiring Physician Dr. Lissa Rankin
The Body Show, Spirituality
An Unconventional Approach To Healing Our Bodies w. Dr. Lissa Rankin
THE PARADOXES OF HEALING WITH DR. LISSA RANKIN 26th April 2022
Guerilla Muse | New York Times Best Selling Author, Founder & Inspiring Physician Dr. Lissa Rankin
The Mysteries of Healing | Dr. Lissa Rankin
Health & Healing