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Title: The healing aspects of biblical letters : a personal perspective
Authors: Chan, ZCY 
Keywords: Bible
Genetic disease
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Journal of poetry therapy, 2010, v. 23, no. 1, p. 13-22 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Poetry Therapy 
Abstract: The Bible was written and interpreted in a context, but is timeless and powerful in offering us wisdom and hope. In times of suffering, we can experience the therapeutic nature of the Bible in offering us strength and promise. I revisited my personal experience of my son suffering from a rare under-reported genetic disease in relation to my churchmate's unconditional regard for me, demonstrated through biblical letters during the 3 months following my son's diagnosis. The first letter will be shown and a discussion presented according to four themes: (a) helpful events while writing and reading the letter; (b) serving as a means of womanly social support; (c) being a way of reciprocal helping; and (d) adopting a perspective of strength while getting closer to God. This article ends by highlighting the importance of biblical letters as a means of counseling and as a prayer for God's love.
ISSN: 0889-3675
DOI: 10.1080/08893671003594380
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