A Healer Among Us
A Healer Among Us:
The Story of Douglas Johnson
by Jon Stevens
Cameo Art Publishing, Sherman Oaks, CA
Hardcover, 1994, 357 pp.
Review by Tom Csere, Fate Magazine
American psychic healer Douglas Johnson was first introduced to the American reading
public by Jess Stearn a quarter century ago in his bestselling book The Miracle
Workers: America's Psychic Consultants (1972).
Now, author Jon Stevens has written Johnson's definitive biography, A Healer
Among Us. It provides not only an update of Johnson's life and his growth as a
healer, but also a detailed account of Johnson's early life and the circumstances that
led up to his becoming a healer—something omitted from the earlier Stearn book.
Johnson was born with a congenital heart condition inherited from his mother (who
died from the condition when Douglas was nine). He suffered his first heart attack at
age 14, and later, in his mid-twenties, underwent extensive testing by physicians at
the famed Mayo Clinic. Their prognosis was not good—"two more years" is what they
told him—and, indeed, just three weeks after the testing he suffered yet another
Then, in 1954, came his life-transforming move to Hollywood, California. There he
became acquainted with Spiritualist teachings and practices and began developing his
own latent psychic abilities. Most important, he experienced a miraculous healing of
his heart condition.
Johnson did not become a psychic healer until his late forties, after having worked
for about 15 years as a psychic consultant. Johnson's very first healing is described at
length in the book, along with other memorable healings. Johnson heals simply by laying
his hands over—not on—a patient's body. This technique has proven to be
successful in thousands of cases.
The consensus on Johnson seems to be that he is not only one of America's best
healers but also one of the most compassionate and approachable—Johnson's home
phone number is given in the book and, yes, he even answers his own phone! Actress
Susan Strasberg, perhaps representative of many who have known Johnson over the years,
declares in the book: "I must say that of all the people I've met in the
metaphysical field, the thing that's impressed me about Doug is that with him I sense
less ego involvement than with so many of the other people. With him, I never felt any
The author touches upon all the bases of Johnson's life and thus enables the
reader to know and appreciate Douglas Johnson not only as the "miracle worker" which he
seemingly is, but as a human being as well. Highly readable, and profusely illustrated
with photographs of Johnson at various ages and stages of his life, A Healer Among
Us is recommended to all with an interest in psychic and alternative methods of
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