Laurie has written a social history of chronic illness in America, titled In the Kingdom of the Sick. This was a major undertaking and Laurie has succeeded most admirably. In a starred review, Booklist calls it, “an indispensable book for anyone with or concerned about chronic disease, and everyone interested in the health professions.”
“Turning Straw Into Gold” draws on many of the themes in my books. I explore how to live with compassion, joy, and purpose in the midst of life’s challenges, especially chronic pain and illness. Our struggles and difficulties can be the seeds of awakening to a peace and well-being that aren’t dependent on our circumstances. This is a path that all of us can follow, regardless of our backgrounds.