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An Endorsement by Dr. John Cline, M.D. of the book ‘Restoring Health: Body, Mind & Spirit’

In ‘Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit, the Reverend Dr. Ed Hird takes us on an epic journey through the biblical book of Titus, Paul’s instruction manual for the pirates on the island of Crete.  Ed Hird develops the idea that we are all pirates, in need of salvation and holistic health in body, mind and spirit – in need of health in every area of our lives.  He reminds us that Healthiness = Godliness = Christlikeness.

In the church today there is a desperate need for holistically healthy leaders – just as Titus the Greek Christian was to the Cretan pirates.  The question remains – will we be available and accountable to God in choosing the way of health, of life and of godliness?  I highly recommend this book to all who desire to choose the healthy way of Christlikeness.


John Cline MD, BSc, IFMCP detoxify your system with Dr. Cline's book

-author of the book Detoxify for Life http://detoxifyforlife.com

Dr. Cline, Medical Director of the Cline Medical Centre in Nanaimo, is a licensed medical doctor in BC and certified by the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology. Dr Cline is also medical director of the Oceanside Functional Medicine Research Institute.

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Endorsment by Dr. Peter Davids on ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’

“The Rev. Ed Hird has not so much written a commentary on Titus as a meditation on Titus, although he has read the commentary literature. Full of personal and historical stories that illustrate the points he is making (which will not surprise anyone who knows Ed), the book reflects on the nature of Christian character and leadership, each meditation tied to a verse or half-verse of Titus with frequent reference to his overall theme of pirates turned into at least good people of faith, if not saints.

This makes the work a fascinating spiritual read rather than an academic treatise. And it is those who wish for such a spiritual uplift to whom I would recommend it.”

Peter H. Davids, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Theology, Houston Baptist University

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Endorsement by Dr. Kevin Orieux of ‘Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit’

A very engaging book.  I especially have enjoyed the anecdotal stories that fortify your positions, not to mention the history lessons.  I am becoming educated while becoming inspired.

Dr. Kevin Orieux, President, Aararat Consulting http://www.aararat.com

Author of Survive, Thrive or Dive and What’s Your ROI?

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Endorsement by Dr. Peter Eppinga, M.D., of ‘Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit’

Dr. Hird is a man of many talents. His writings are fun to read and are packed with knowledge that can be applied to our spiritual lives. I am very honoured to know him and to have read his books.

There are two things that can change your life, the people you meet and the books you read. This book will change your life for the better.

Dr. Peter Eppinga M.D.


Author of Your Brain

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An endorsement by Dr Gil Stieglitz of ‘Restoring Health: Body, mind and spirit”

ImageDr. Hird has done it again.  He has woven a thoroughly modern work in and through the Ancient Biblical text.  His insights on the modern life are powerful and his discoveries in the ancient text are fascinating.

Kudos to you Dr. Hird.  We appreciate your powerful pen.Image

Dr. Gil Stieglitz, www.gilstieglitz.com

author of Deep Happiness: The eight secrets – a powerful work exploring how to inject the Beatitudes into our life.

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Imperfectly Lovable

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

My doctoral advisor, Dr. Paddy Ducklow, recently alerted me to a remarkable woman Dr. Brene Brown. Her TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability went viral with over fifteen million people who have watched it so far. As a fellow Social Worker, I deeply appreciated Brene’s fascinating research on vulnerability, shame, and perfectionism. Many people miss the connection between shame and perfectionism.   Brene says that where there is perfectionism, there is always shame, because perfectionism gives birth to shame. Perfectionism keeps us from being our best self. It keeps us from showing up and being present. It keeps us from being loved and giving love to others.

Brene said that “perfectionism is a thought process that if I look perfect, live perfect, work perfect and do it all perfectly, I can avoid or minimize shame, blame, judgement and criticism.” Brene called perfectionism her favorite twenty-ton shield that she carried for many years. It doesn’t work though in protecting us. Perfectionism shuts down joy, love, and connection. It is rooted in our desire for external validity, rather than being true to ourselves.

Perfectionism is radically contagious and seductive. Brene, who describes herself as a recovering perfectionist, says that it is the greatest enemy of transformative leadership. We try to cure our perfectionist hangovers with yet more perfectionism. Many people are trying to painfully earn the love of other people through the futile search for perfectionism. Many of us think that we need to be perfect to be lovable.

Voltaire said that perfect is the enemy of good. That is why Brene said “If you want to avoid blame, shame, judgment and criticism, do nothing. It is part of the human experience.” Perfectionism tempts us to bury our gifts rather than make a lasting contribution. Wayne Gretzky notably commented that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Perfectionism keeps us stuck in procrastination. Brene said that “very few perfectionists ever publish books.” When writing my second book ‘Battle for the Soul of Canada’, I often felt tempted to give up. Why bother? It’s too much of a hassle. There are too many roadblocks to having it published. Every time I write a book, I have to push through my perfectionism. My coach Dr. Terry Walling has been a big encouragement to me in my book writing, saying: “My sense is that God is wanting you to hear his voice. It’s time for you to contribute. It’s time for you to write. It’s time for you to share your thinking and whether people agree with you or not, is not as important as you being able to trust him enough that he will take the things that you say to help advance his kingdom.”

God keeps sending people to me like Dr Terry Walling and Dr Brene Brown who remind me that I don’t need to be perfect. Jesus is the only one who is perfect, and he perfectly loves each one of us, even to the point of the cross. My prayer is that you know in the depth of your being that God is not waiting to love you. He is just waiting for you to accept how much he perfectly loves you.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

BSW, MDiv, DMin

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in the Americas (Canada)

-an article for the July 2014 Deep Cove Crier


p.s. In order to obtain a copy of the book ‘Battle for the Soul of Canada’, please send a $18.50 cheque to ‘ED HIRD’, #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. This can also be done by PAYPALusing the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to download a complimentary PDF copy of the Battle for the Soul study guide : Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada

You can also download the complimentary Leader’s Guide PDF: Battle for the Soul Leaders Guide

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Join us at the BC Christian Ashram retreat with Revs. John Cox & Peter Klenner


B.C. Christian Ashram Retreat

The Christian Ashram is a unique ‘spiritual retreat’ originated by the late missionary evangelist Stanley Jones in India in 1930. Dr. Jones adapted the Indian practice of taking seekers “Ah” (apart from) “Shram” (hard work) for a time of spiritual instructions and renewal. This years’ B.C. Christian Ashram will be held at Summit Park on the Summit Pacific College campus in Abbotsford, B.C.

The theme this year is Embracing the Jericho Road, and guest speakers include John Cox of Jericho Road Church in Port Alberni / Parksville, B.C., Peter Klenner of All Saints Community Church in White Rock, B.C., and Tyler Gibson of St. Simon’s Church, North Vancouver

Learn more about our guest speakers, the schedule for this weekend, and how to register in the soon-to-be-released brochure.

For more information or further inquiries, please contact Norma Carruthers (604.533.5509) or Rev. Ed Hird (ed_hird@telus.net).


Full Retreat Registration

$130.00 / adult

$100.00 / youth (ages 11-18)

$  80.00 / child (ages 3-10 – under 3 years of age – free)

$399.00 / family of 4 (each additional family member just $50.00)

* Late registrations (after July 5, 2014) please add an additional $10.00 / person.

Some financial aid available if requested at least 3 weeks in advance.

Day Campers (without overnight accommodations) Per Day cost:

No meals – $20.00

1 meal / day – $30.00

2 meals / day – $40.00

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