Book Review: The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing

The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing
By Ismael Nuño

· 202 pages
· Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (October 12, 2012)

Now retired Dr. Ismael Nuño, a world famous leading cardiac surgeon, tells in vignettes the story of what it’s like to operate on the heart, performing, in a way, without a net. One misstep could leave the patient no way back from the “light.”

Each short chapter seems like it was written as a column to thinking doctors. Doctors that do incredible things with their technology enhanced skills. Yet, sometimes there is no explanation for events that happen in the OR. Dr. Nuño shares plenty of examples of the eerie things that he’s noticed with the life spirit and near death experiences.

I really like Dr. Nuño, an immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico. I think because of his Catholic faith and his cultural background he is acutely aware of the spiritual aspect of life and the respect for tradition. He’s open to the power of prayer, but has some skepticism based on his failure to get God to intervene when he has prayed.

If you are a fan of Gray’s Anatomy, or House, you should thank Dr. Nuño for the realism of the shows. Dr. Nuño served as a consultant to the script writers.

“The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing” was provided to me by the publisher. However, I am under no obligation to review it favorably.


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