On October 20, 2006, a middle-aged auto mechanic, Jeff Markin, walked into the emergency room at the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital
and collapsed from a massive heart attack. Forty minutes later he was
declared dead. After filling out his final report, the supervising
cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, started out of the room. “Before I
crossed its threshold, however, I sensed God was telling me to turn
around and pray for the patient,” Crandall explained.
prayer and Dr. Crandall’s instruction to give the man what seemed one
more useless shock from the defibrillator, Jeff Markin came back to
life—and remains alive and well today. But how did a Yale-educated cardiologist whose Palm Beach
practice includes some of the most powerful people in American society,
including several billionaires, come to believe in supernatural
The answers to these questions compose a story and a spiritual journey that transformed Chauncey Crandall.
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