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Medicine for the Heart: Reading Scripture in Troubled Times, with Kierkegaard

ISBN: 9781951310233
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Dwain L. Eckberg
Pages: 304
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Published: 03/07/2023

The awareness of being a single individual with eternal responsibility before God is the one thing needful. —Søren Kierkegaard

What gives life meaning? For the incomparable nineteenth-century Dane, Søren Kierkegaard, it was "a question of understanding my own destiny, of seeing what God really wants me to do; the thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die."

Medicine for the Heart is a guide to the extraordinary richness of Scripture seen through Kierkegaard's eyes. He wrote about Scripture as none other, a literature of surpassing artistry and rare moral power. Kierkegaard described a new believer who discovered that life was beautiful, that it was a new gloriousness of faith that no human being can give to another, but that every human being has what is highest, noblest, and most sacred in humankind. It is original in him, and every human being has it if he wants to have it.

The author is an internationally recognized professor of cardiology whose research has been devoted to understanding and explaining the workings of the human heart.


A professor of medicine and cardiology, Dwain L. Eckberg, MD, graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He has published over 170 scientific articles. He met Rebecca, his college sweetheart, at Wheaton College, where he studied philosophy and she studied English. They have been married sixty-three years—"The first sixty-three years," Dwain quips, "are the hardest." They have three daughters and six grandchildren. The couple lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.