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BOOKS & BOOKS PRESS: Dr. Arthur Fournier -- Vodou Saints -- Gables
Books & Books Press: Part elegy, part
musings on the great mysteries of life, Vodou Saints: Lessons on Life,
Death and Resurrection (Books & Books Press, $15.95) is at the same
time an inspirational story of lessons learned from Haitians in the over three
decades that Dr. Arthur Fournier has worked with them, both in Miami and
in Haiti. These lessons span the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Miami, the
political turmoil of the Aristide years, the earthquake that devastated Haiti
in 2010 and most recently the outbreak of cholera. Through all these
experiences Haitians have taught Dr. Fournier a worldview quite different from
his own. Fournier uses this adopted worldview not only to deal with tragedy in
his own life, but to make sense out of the seeming contradictions between
science, philosophy and theology concerning the interface between Man and the
unknown. Consistently thought provoking and inspiring – at times humbling and
even disturbing – this story is more than a chronicle of the disasters that
have befallen this poor and poorly understood country or the resilience of its
people. It's also a story of Fournier's own journey towards redemption and healing.
A quest to be not only a better doctor, but also a better person – a Vodou
A physician's moving love letter to Haiti and its saints (and sinners) as well as the dying woman he loves. We learn here what it was like to treat the sick and wounded before and after Haiti's earthquake, but also what it was like to treated and healed by them.