Book Review: Bitter Pill by Dr. Richard L. Mabry

About Dr. Mabry


About me . . .
      In addition to the practice of medicine, my past includes a stint overseas in the US Air Force, several periods as an interim music minister, and an all-too-brief experience as a semi-pro baseball player. In other words, there’s more to me than “M.D.” covers. Let me share a little about myself.


      My BA is from the University of North Texas (which was North Texas State University at the time). I graduated with an MD degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, then obtained my specialty training in otolaryngology (that’s “ear, nose, and throat” to    most folks) at two major teaching hospitals in Dallas: Parkland and the VA Hospital.

Air Force:
       I served for almost three years as a Captain in the US Air Force at Lajes Field, in the Azores, a Portuguese possession in the middle of the North Atlantic. I’ve forgotten most of the Portuguese I learned there,   but will never forget the friendships  I made. Because I was involved in saving the life of a little Azorean girl whose airway was obstructed by a coin, I was written up in Stars and Stripes and received the Air Force Commendation medal. When there’s a recognition on Veteran’s Day, I’m proud to stand beside all the others who’ve served.



      During the 36 years I spent in medicine, I wrote or edited eight textbooks, authored over a hundred professional papers, and was an invited guest speaker all over the world. I held the presidency or vice-presidency of three professional societies, and was privileged to receive a number of awards and honors. But if you asked my greatest reward in medicine, it would be in seeing patients get better under my care.


    Primarily golfing, usually once a week with the same golf partner for the past ten years or so. We don’t keep score (heresy to purists, I suppose) and we enjoy the fellowship. I’m also a voracious reader, mainly fiction, although I do read non-fiction books.

      I’ve been a Christian for six decades. For almost forty years, I was a Deacon in the Baptist church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and singing in the choir. After a recent move across the city, I’m proud to be a member of the Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where I get to hear Dr. Chuck Swindoll preach regularly.

My rating: 5 stars

‘I don’t think any of us are prepared for the bitter pill we’re sometimes asked to swallow. ‘

Richard Mabry’s books have always been good and I have enjoyed them all. This one is a bit different than his usual fare, but he is wonderful here. We meet three individuals in this novella: Dr Abby Davis, who is somewhat dissatisfied with her practice and with God. Her patients have begun to ask her to pray for them. Then we gave Bob Bannister, itinerant preacher, who conducts healing services, even though there are no real healings. Until one night, there just may have been one. But Brother Bob knows it doesn’t have anything to do with him. And finally, there is Dr Scott Anderson, who has left medicine and gone to seminary.
Each one of these characters have a connection to the other in a roundabout way. They soon discover that God has a plan for their life. And it involves a good amount of discomfort. They must swallow a bitter pill, but like the medicine prescribed for an illness, that pill brings health back. Sometimes we all need a reminder that not everything that looks bad is bad. Good things come in pain and hardship sometimes.
*My thanks to the author fir a preview copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Publication Date: May 29, 2019

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