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preface


‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness… Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… since it is the Lord Christ you are serving’.


Colossians 2:6, 3:23, 24. T


he pressures on Christian junior doctors are immense. There are the social pressures of being away from the support of home, family, friends and church.


There are psychological pressures arising from the effort to maintain


self esteem while struggling to acquire new skills in a high demand environment. Long hours, lost sleep and superficial contacts with large numbers of staff and patients can fuel a lethal mix of tiredness and loneliness. Then there are the spiritual pressures of finding and adjusting to


a new church and a new circle of friends, the difficulty of maintaining a devotional life and the enticing opportunity to create a new identity for oneself and compromise morally. This is a book conceived by juniors, written for juniors by juniors past and present and addressing juniors’ issues. Throughout you will find over 70 articles by 40 authors, peppered with punchy testimonies, prayer points and ‘think it through’ questions which provide an opportunity for further thought, either individually or as a group.


The four-fold theme ‘Live, Think, Act and Work’ provides the framework


for the contents. There are pieces on homeopathy and heartsink patients, surviving night shifts and sharing faith, bullying and brain death, pornography and prayer, all wrapped up in biblical reflection. Much of the material has appeared beforehand in CMF publications


like Nucleus and Triple Helix but it has been reworked, re-edited and freshly presented in bite-sized portions for easy digestion. The attractive design is quite different from anything we have ever


produced. It’s meant to be picked up and dipped into again and again, and left out on the coffee table to be read, shared and re-read. Our aim was to provide a Christian medical equivalent of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, with concise, accurate and easy-to-find information on a wide variety of subjects. This book has had a long gestation; eight years from start to finish under three editors — Caroline Bunting, Rachael Pickering and Laurence Crutchlow. It’s been a long time coming and a real labour of love. But I’m sure you will agree it’s been well worth waiting for. Savour, study and browse. But most of all enjoy!


Dr Peter Saunders is Chief Executive of CMF


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