Words & Swords

a series of journaling journeys with Bernie

poetic thoughts by Bernie Siegel, MD

The first books in this series are: Animals & Nature and Marriage & Family

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Words & Swords - deluxe editon
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Words & Swords - sample pages

Words & Swords - deluxe edition

Words & Swords - standard edition

Words & Swords - sample pages

Here is your chance to sit down with Bernie and write!

Each of Bernie’s poems is paired with the space for you to express your feelings and thoughts
— providing an opportunity for healing and growth … and to laugh a little with Bernie!

How To Use These Books

Before you go to bed; in the middle of the night, when you can’t sleep; or in the morning, fresh from dreams…… Bernie is up ahead of you. The light is on at his writing desk. Maybe, amazingly, he’s been mulling over the very same thing you’ve been thinking about.

Or, if your heart hurts, you feel all locked up inside, and don’t know what to think, sit down with Bernie and let him talk to you a while. He will stop and be with you, waiting patiently and listening. Listening with love free of criticism and advice. Eventually you will even laugh a little together …… the healing and rebirthing will feel so good.

Animals & Nature

by Bernie Siegel, MD

foreword by Susan Chernak McElroy
— author of
Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections
Why Buffalo Dance: Animal and Wilderness Meditations through the Seasons
Animal Grace: Entering a Spiritual Relationship with our Fellow Creatures

The True Avatars of Healing

“Please, whomever you are, no matter how broken or hurt or jaded,
read these words that follow, and let them lead you to someone furry.
Someone feathery or slithery. Let them lead you to the true avatars of
healing, who work their art with a look, a shiver, a purr, a cluck,
a breeze, a nostril flaring. Kiss a toad, stroke an elm, and let the healing begin.”
— foreword to Animals & Nature by Susan Chernak McElroy

What Would Lassie Do?

“The next time you don’t know what to do,
ask yourself WWLD: ‘What would Lassie do?’
Animals help us create healing relationships,
and teach us to live in the moment. WWLD?
‘Let’s not waste our life time. Lets go out and play!'” — preface to Animals & Nature

Words & Swords: Animals & Nature — Deluxe Edition — 9x12 in. hand-bound hardcover
— $32.95
Handmade Thai Mulberry binding, Engish Somerset & Stardream cover, archival, 2010.
Words & Swords: Animals & Nature — Standard Edition — 9x12 in. hand-bound softcover
— $14.95
English Somerset cover, grayscale, archival, 2010.
Words & Swords: Marriage & Family — Deluxe Edition — 9x12 in. hand-bound hardcover
— $32.95
Handmade Thai Mulberry binding, Engish Somerset & Stardream cover, archival, 2010.
Words & Swords: Marriage & Family — Standard Edition — 9x12 in. hand-bound softcover — $14.95
English Somerset cover, grayscale, archival, 2010.

Marriage & Family

by Bernie Siegel, MD
foreword by Larry Dossey, MD
— author of
The Science of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape our Lives
The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

Divorce

Tomatoes don’t belong in the refrigerator;
I did it again.
My wife may never forgive me;
our marriage is on the rocks.
I snore, put tomatoes in the fridge,
walk and eat too fast.
The divorce lawyer doesn’t know how
to help us reach a valid settlement for my cruelty.
He suggests we try to work it out,
give love a chance,
and don’t put tomatoes in the fridge.
I read his settlement to my wife;
she laughs.
I love her when she laughs,
and forget the difficult times.
We fire the lawyer
and take the tomatoes out of the fridge.

About the Author

Bernie Siegel, MD, who prefers to be called “Bernie,” is the author many popular self-help books including:
Love, Medicine & Miracles;
How To Live Between Office Visits;
365 Prescriptions For The Soul; 101 Exercises For The Soul;
Faith, Hope & Healing

and for healthy parenting,
Love, Magic & Mud Pies.

Bernie was named among the top of the “List of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People” in the world, by London’s Watkins’ Review, in 2011 and 2012.

He is a powerful advocate of humanizing medical education and medical care. He embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of today’s medical ethics and spiritual concerns, breaking new ground in the field of healing.

Bernie is the originator of Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients’ drawings, dreams, images, and feelings. ECaP is based on ‘carefrontation,’ a safe, loving therapeutic confrontation, which facilitates personal lifestyle changes, personal empowerment, and healing of the individual’s life.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College, with surgical training at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers, with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care, empowering patients, and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency.

Bernie lives in a suburb of New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife Bobbie.

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