Book Review: Testing Prayer by Candy Gunther Brown and a testimony too

Book Review:  Testing Prayer:  Science and Healing by Candy Gunther Brown

Review by Sandra Crosnoe via Finding Gems & Sharing Them (Nov 30, 2018)

Having had polio at age 2 (now 66), health and healing has been a lifelong priority as you can well imagine.  My personal experiences will probably color my review of the book, Testing Prayer by Candy Gunther Brown, so you should be aware of that.  A short version of my journey would be that around the age of 12, I met the Lord and had a physical touch from Him that resulted in my being able to stop wearing a Milwaukee brace early following a spinal fusion.

On the next visit to the doctor, he confirmed that I could indeed stop wearing the brace.  It was not a complete healing, because there was still deformity to my body, but there was definite improvement not only in my spine, but I went from being sickly all the time to not so much.  Through the years,  I sought the Lord off and on regarding the matter, sometimes more intensely than others.

In more recent years, my breathing has been an issue.  Around the year 2000, I had a sleep study done, which resulted in me using a bi-pap machine to sleep at night.  At that time I had an arterial blood gas done that has remained in my files;  I just found it again the other day when filing a new one.  But I will come back to that.

In 2017 my cat, Ivory, was diagnosed with early stage kidney disease and I had stem cell therapy done on her.  I would lay hands on her and pray for her kidneys at night repetitively — often feeling a heat transfer.  Somewhere in that time frame, I began to lay hands on her and pray; then lay hands on my chest and pray for my lungs and my heart.  The scripture the Lord gave me was “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  I told Him I was not righteous; His answer to me was that He was my righteousness.  So I kept on praying.

The arterial blood gas done recently that I compared with the one back in 2000 showed improvement (not the decline you would expect to see in an aging person having had polio).

Link to Amazon for book purchase options

Link to Amazon for book purchase options

I tell you all this personal background to give you some perspective to how I saw the book Testing Prayer.  Surprisingly to me the book started out with a trip through healing ministries history from the Toronto Blessing forward and backward mentioning many names I was familiar with through the years and a few new ones.

The author then discussed the difficulties of collecting data surrounding prayer and measuring results.  There were so many factors involved.  Some people were willing to share; some ministries objected to the intrusion.  Sometimes there were medical follow-ups but more often than not if there were, the results were not common knowledge.  Nevertheless, the author managed to report rather extensively on cases and shared many stunning stories, some with medical data, a few less credible and one apparent falsification.

One of the powerful takeaways for me was that some who ultimately got healing sought prayer many, many, even hundreds of times. Most of the body of the book was from an eight-year study and incredibly well sourced.  Approximately one sixth of the hardcover book is references and footnotes.

Another thing I believe she helped me with was something I have sensed but became clearer with this book.  I don’t think it was something specific she said, but some of the ministries taught and she conveyed that when we pray for someone who needs healing, we do not need to lay the responsibility of having faith on them.  We share and pray in faith for people and have the faith for them reaching out on their behalf.  We trust the Lord for the results, which may be slow and through the years or mighty instantaneous miracles.  In any event, keep praying!

“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”    James 5:15-16 KJV

[Special thanks to Cindy Cain for helping me edit this review prior to release.  It reads much better now!]

Rod MacIlvaine, pastor of Grace Community Church in Bartlesville, wrote a review of the book Testing Prayer here.  It was his mention of this book in a podcast that I listened to that made me aware of the book.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Book Review: Testing Prayer by Candy Gunther Brown and a testimony too

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Amid fallen trees and debris, chainsaw ministry carves out hope and faith with each cut


Direct link to video in case it fails to embed properly [https://d2hpjte286tc4h.cloudfront.net/wp-raycom/wect/2018/10/10/5bbdca45e4b0a3da0b2d8db6/t_2ef758c5e6574f3e8f566c684e3e8734_name_file_1280x720_2000_v3_1_cropped/file_854x480-1200-v3_1.mp4]

Read more and see video via source: Amid fallen trees and debris, chainsaw ministry carves out hope and faith with each cut

h/t Disaster Relief Team – Bartlesville OK

summary via Finding Gems & Sharing Them

50-Year-Old Man Cures Lung Cancer With Cannabis Oil, Stuns CBS News

Not too long ago, a 50-year-old man from Illinois was diagnosed with “incurable inoperable” lung and pericardial heart sac cancer. The doctors told him he had about a year to live, but could opt to undergo chemotherapy to extend his life.

As you may or may not know, the survival rate of lung cancer is incredibly grim. It is estimated that the prognosis for Stage IA non-small cell lung cancer is less than 50%. Sadly, this drops as the cancer progresses. For a Stage IV patient, the likelihood of recovery is 1%.

Aware of the odds against him, patient Darren Miller decided to supplement his chemotherapy treatments with cannabis oil. Clearly, he didn’t just want to extend his life, he wanted to save it.

After researching the benefits of cannabis oil and reading hundreds of other peoples’ personal stories of healing, Miller was confident the treatment was right for him.

Continue reading story >>>

If you live in Oklahoma #voteyeson788 to keep all your medical options open!

Summary via Finding Gems & Sharing Them – 50-Year-Old Man Cures Lung Cancer With Cannabis Oil

Stem Cell Therapy for My Cat Ivory

… a story about potential help for cats experiencing kidney failure
by Sandra Crosnoe

Ivory Nov 12 2016 copy.jpegFriends and family know that once upon a time there was Peaches and Ebony and Ivory. Ebony and Ivory were born in 2002 on the Hall estate in Keller Texas. Peaches was a rescue cat who came along shortly after the other two and was quickly the smallest but the feistiest of the bunch. Ebony died in 2011 (heart attack/stroke) and Peaches in 2013 (liver failure) and that leaves only Ivory to take care of me.

Ivory is 15 years old (2017) and recently she was getting pretty lethargic, loosing weight and not grooming herself properly, so I took her to Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic in Dewey on January 25th. They did a blood analysis on her and found she was in early stage renal (kidney) failure.

The recommendation was special prescription k/d cat food, fluids subcutaneously routinely, and Azodyl which is a pricey probiotic for cats. I set about to implement these lifestyle changes and research renal failure in cats at the same time. None of these things is a cure for the disease.

My good friend Donna Gustafson, who had helped me take Ivory to the vet, told me about a show she had seen on a cat with kidney failure who got stem cell therapy and did very well. The show was on the Pet Channel with an Alaska vet named Dr. Dee and a cat named Honey. It was segment 9 on Season 2 on Amazon with the following description:  

9. Operation Baby Owl Rescue

Dr. Dee and her husband Ken respond to an emergency, flying to rescue six baby owls whose parents were killed by an eagle. At Animal house, Dr. Dee’s dog becomes a blood donor for a lab with an auto-immune disease, and a cat undergoes stem cell therapy.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: September 23, 2016

I purchased the segment so I could watch it. Then I called her office to ask how to find someone in my area to talk to about help for Ivory. I called Dr. Dee to see if she had any contacts for the lower 48:

Dr Dee Thornell

Phone (907) 479-2800

Her office promptly returned my call and  referred me to Vet Stem Cell:

Karina Benish, MSEd., RVT / Vet-Stem Regenerative Veterinary Medicine

12860 Danielson Court, Suite B  Poway, CA  92064

Direct Line_ 858-218-8650

858-748-2004

Email  Karina Benish kbenish[at]vetstem[dot]com

I contacted Vet Stem Cell and they referred me to Dr. Caren Lawrence at VCA Woodlands in Tulsa

VCA Woodland South Animal Hospital
Caren Lawrence DVM
9340 S Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74133
United States
(918)524-5000

http://www.vcahospitals.com/woodland-south

I talked with her by phone about the procedure and the price and learned that she could do the surgery to extract the fat cells and send them to Vet Stem Cell to convert to stem cells. The stem cells are overnighted back and then reinjected into Ivory intraveneously. We scheduled the surgery for February 7th.  I must admit the surgery and recovery from the extraction of the fat was a little more traumatic than I anticipated.  But Ivory did just fine and the people at VCA were all wonderful.  The key thing is to not wait until your cat is really debilitated from the disease to try to get enough fat for the stem cell extraction/therapy.  If you are going to do it, do it as early as you can in the disease process.

I took her back in on February 9th for the first stem cell injection intravenously and the second on February 16th.  We had enough to ‘bank’ for a future injection if needed.  Here are some pics of her getting her stem cells.

I am continuing Azodyl only giving one pill per day instead of 2 recommended for two reasons – price and lifestyle (have you ever tried to pill a cat?).  I am also giving her fluids subcutaneously about once every two weeks, whenever I have help and think she needs them.  The recommendation is for more like once a week, but also if/when she gets lethargic.  That is not happening any more, but I don’t want it to either!

We have switched over to K/D prescription diet almost completely just supplementing with other food to try to boost appetite a bit.  I also add a little water to the food per the suggestion of Dr. Hinz to help her get a little more water.  I was giving her vitamin B complex in a little squirt bottle when I gave her her pill for a while.  But appetite seems good now and I have stopped that for now.

Vet Stem Cell folks asked for a 30, 60, and 90 day report on Ivory. We were a little early on the 30 day vet visit (back to my local vet in Dewey, Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic), but got a good report. Her Bun/Creatin numbers were both down. I am hoping we get back in the normal range next visit, but Dr. Lawrence said we might see improvement for two or three months. Here is the March 7th lab test:  Bun went from 48 down to 40 and Creatin went from 3.0 to 2.7.

Photos:  Dr. Caren Lawrence,, Ivory and David Ramage

Special thanks to Dr. Erin Haxton and Dr. Elizabeth Hinz at Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic for all their love and care for Ivory during this process as well.  I have opened the comments on this post and would love to hear your stories on topic and be glad to answer any questions too.  I hope to add updates here to this unfolding story in the future.

In addition to all the medical things I am doing related here,  I should mention that  I have been praying for Ivory’s healing and often lay hands on her and ask for the Lord to restore her kidneys and give me wisdom about what/when to do for her.  He has taught me a lot about His love and care for me through the years and I believe that I can trust Him in this matter as well.   I do believe that the prayers of others make a difference, so if you are a praying person, please keep us in your prayers!

Some additional information on costs has been added to the comments below.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Stem Cell Therapy for Ivory

New Series for New Moms — Dear Mama by Rachael Joy Tapp

If you are just starting a family or well on the way you don’t want to miss this series.  i’ve only known Rachael Joy Tapp for a few years, but it seems like we’ve been friends forever.  She has wisdom beyond her years.  She lives in the Panhandle with her husband, Joshua and their children.

Rachael and Joshua lost their first child during the pregnancy. They have a precious two year old daughter, Hadassah, and just recently gave birth to premature twins, Levi and Gideon.  So she has a bit of life experience but she wraps that in practical tips and guidance from above.   I know you will enjoy each segment so be sure to connect with her and her blog.   I will try to add links to this post as they are released.

Here is her own bio in her own words.

Here is the series announcement.

Article one: Dear Mama, Who Just Gave Birth

Article two: Dear Mama, Who Wonders why Kids are like This

Article three: Dear Mama, Who Is Going on a Trip

Article four: Dear Mama, Who Thinks I Don’t See

Article five: Dear Mama, There is No Room for Fear

Article six:  Dear Mama, Learning to Feed the Family

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Dear Mama Series

President Trump on Budget & Spending Cuts along with the Mulvaney Appointment – a real win for the Taxpayer!

Trump says a lot in a few words  “We must do a lot more with less”  Hiring freezes are already in place and he is working on a cabinet that knows how to manage wisely.  All this bodes well for the overworked American taxpayer.

Congratulations to Mick Mulvaney — here’s the backstory and some insight into how good he is as an appointment —

“Part of the job is saying ‘no,'” Mulvaney told The Post and Courier on Friday, less than 24 hours after being sworn in as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Read more here:  http://www.postandcourier.com/news/mick-mulvaney-says-he-s-about-to-become-the-most/article_4c41fbb0-f560-11e6-a987-7b7ca7088149.html  It is worth noting that had Rand Paul become President, Mulvaney would have been his selection for this job as well.

trump-on-budget-and-spending-cutsh/t Joshua Lock for the links

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – President Trump on Budget & Spending Cuts along with the Mulvaney Appointment – a real win for the Taxpayer!

A Proclamation from George Washington in 1789 and Thanksgiving Words to Proclaim 2016


ThanksgivingPrayer
This is a wonderous holiday.  It lacks the commercial spin of some of the other holidays.  It is a time for getting together with family and friends and remembering the One who made us; the One we are here to serve with thanksgiving in our hearts.  May we bless Him and be blessed in the process.
Here is how one of our founding fathers set apart the day in 1789:

THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
– A PROCLAMATION

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

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Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
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And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
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Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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(signed) G. WASHINGTON.
More on George Washington available via The Papers of George Washington
Also published here via OK-SAFE

Email via Jim Hollingsworth (Idaho) Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

A copy of the original Centinel printing is also available.

Some interesting history concerning Thanksgiving.

PROCLAMATION
thanksgiving-proclamationThis year a general theme for me has been proclamation.  It is important what we think.  It is important what we say outloud.  It is important how we say it and when we say it and how often we say it.  If we are really serious about a matter, we repeat it.  If we are asking our children to do something, we repeat it until it happens.  If we want something from the king (or Congress), we keep bringing up the matter until it occurs.  Please consider reading some of these verses around your dinner table and proclaim His word to your family and friends!
Some scriptures about Thanksgiving for you to proclaim:

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!

—Psalm 105:1-2

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

—Philippians 4:6
More scriptures and references here:
Derek Prince’s book on Prayer and Proclamation
THANKSGIVING THROUGH THE YEARS:
 Thanksgiving Card version2 2015

And His light p3

A Thanksgiving Prayer (2009) – My little ‘sermonette’  on the matter of the importance of the holiday.

And so once again I send blessings from my house to yours.

I thank God for your friendship and your labor

for Life and Liberty in our land.

 

Blessings,

Sandie

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