The Good Neighbor
ABOUT THE BOOK
Returning to our nation’s theological roots can be a powerful antidote to the problems we face in America today. One needn’t be Christian or Jewish to examine God’s recurring messages in the Bible. Do not search for a phrase or two that conforms to your established views. The universality of the recurring messages can empower us to behave towards others in a genuine spirit of benevolence and understanding despite racial, ethnic, religious, or gender differences.
With over fifty selections from both Old and New Testaments, the author defines the themes that can provide important life lessons for your family. Dr. Mellow offers evidence from the fields of epigenetics and social genomics supporting connectivity and benevolence as providers of health benefits in addition to societal benefits.
Lastly he puts forth a plan defining the role of the faith community in dealing with many of society’s challenges.
"Dr. Mellow provides us with a powerful reminder of the role of our spiritual values in shaping our society, as well as in our personal lives. Our religious beliefs and our moral values greatly impact how we treat each other. Ultimately, spiritual values do more to determine our future than economic or military strength. We should all thank Dr. Mellow for reminding us about what is fundamentally important."– David L. Boren
Former Governor of Oklahoma, United States Senator, and
President of the University of Oklahoma
"The Good Neighbor is a marvelous book by a respected Oklahoma physician. Dr. Mellow uniquely combines wisdom from the Bible with the scientific role of genes. He draws parallels between biblical character and the making of our inner biology. He points out the vital role of practicing love, kindness, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, fairness and acts of charity to transform first individuals and then societies."
– R. Murali Krishna, M.D.
Author of Vibrant: To Heal and Be Whole
President and Cofounder, James L. Hall Center for Mind, Body and Spirit at INTEGRIS
Senior Consultant, INTEGRIS Mind-Brain Health
"Dr. Mellow’s book is based on an astonishing amount of work and research. It only gets better as you read it and, like all good family authors, his message is just as pertinent for adults as for their children. His message is hard hitting, timely, and his outline for the faith community’s role in social programs is especially impactful. I loved it."
– Kyle Toal, M.D.
Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon
About the Author
A practicing physician and clinical researcher for over 40 years, Dr. Mellow has authored or coauthored numerous research articles and has served as a reviewer for several medical journals. A person of faith, but a casual practitioner, a few years ago he took up a challenge to read the Bible in its entirety. In this book, he applies the important recurring biblical messages to ways in which we can bridge the increasingly wide divide that our country is experiencing. Now retired, he lives with his wife, daughter, and three active dogs.
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