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When Rick Hamlin was rushed to the ER, he was immediately admitted to the ICU. No quick diagnosis was made, and for two weeks the doctors struggled to keep his body alive as Rick struggled to keep his faith alive.
Pray For Me is the story of one man's spiritual odyssey to learn how to pray in a new way as healing slowly came and a medical crisis became a spiritual opportunity--a chance for him to learn he was being called to something new, to be born anew. In the end, the doctors were never able to diagnose the cause of his illness, but Rick is convinced that his healing came through prayer.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2017
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The husband and wife you meet in these pages are just like the Rick and Carol we've met. Funny, engaging and faith-filled.Roma Downey, co-producer of The Bible and Ben-hur
From the darkness of life, when the questions 'why me' and 'why now' go answered, Rick Hamlin leads us to hearing the gentle whispers of God in his deeply personal story of healing.
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Here is a compelling story about a man suddenly leveled by a mysterious illness who grapples with fundamental questions of faith and prayer. Pray For Me is an utterly relatable book full of honesty and hope.Sue Monk Kidd, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees
In extreme anxiety and occasional terror, Rick Hamlin finds solace in the love of his family and friends and especially in his rediscovery of prayer. His book is a great gift to us all.Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization and Heretics and Heroes in the Hinges of History series
NicholasV4 Stars Out Of 5Prayers work! Even in a crisisMarch 1, 2018NicholasVQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin (Faithwords; 2017) is a recounting of a medical crisis by a longtime editor of "Guideposts" magazine. Hamlin, who also posts blogs mainly on the topic of prayer, received a master lesson on the topic of prayer when, in the autumn of 2016, he came down with a catastrophic illness that left him unable to breathe and pondering the end of life. In the manner of a diary or journal, Hamlin goes day-by-day through his two-week medical ordeal to expound on the feelings of isolation and helplessness he and his family struggled through as the medical team fought to first stabilize him, and then to try to diagnose and properly treat him.
As a generally healthy man in his early 60's, Hamlin did not have many physical problems of his own to contend with, and so this rapid deterioration of his physical well-being brought about by something like an intense autoimmune or allergic reaction was considerably disorienting and disconcerting to him. Through the course of the book, the author candidly shares his fears and frustrations, and apparent lack of clear communication from God about what exactly was going on. Much like peering into the entries of someone's personal journal, Hamlin uses this particular episode in his life to reflect on another health crisis in the life of he and his family --- when one of his infant sons had a severe leg fracture that required a number of days of hospitalization, while the other young son was also dealing with a serious case of chicken pox. Hamlin then touches on other significant episodes in his life to demonstrate how when one is completely out of control of one's circumstances, this is when prayer and trust in the character of God come into play.
Hamlin shares his lessons learned in offhanded and disarmingly honest and self-deprecating ways that make this a most enjoyable read. And just as Hamlin was able to learn that the prayers of others --- as well as whatever feeble attempts one can muster in the midst of a crisis --- God is always working and always listening. Looking back on his experiences --- and Hamlin did fully recover from what was later found to be a severe allergic reaction to drugs taken previously for a serious boil --- he came away with an attitude of gratitude for the grace and love of God shown through the prayers and tangible acts of love from family and friends during the ordeal. This would make an excellent book for anyone who finds themselves in a crisis and is worrying that maybe God has failed to notice their plight. God is always answering prayer in one shape or another.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Memoir of and insights from a hospital staySeptember 24, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Hamlin nearly died, spending nearly two weeks in the hospital as physicians battled a nondiagnosed condition. He shares his hospital experiences, weaving into the narrative a memoir of his earlier life.
The main point of Hamlin's book is the importance of prayer. Suddenly losing his ability to breath well, he was hospitalized. He went through test after test but a diagnosis could not be made. Good health gradually returned. He writes of his experience, "...the doctors kept me alive, the prayers healed me." (171) He was so ill he could not pray for himself. He recognized it was the prayers of others that preserved his life.
Hamlin, through this memoir, shares his experiences in the context of a day by day account of his hospital stay. He adds events from his life to the narrative, such as courtship, birth of their boys, depression and therapy. He also includes emails his wife sent out, asking for prayer.
Hamlin invites readers into his life. Readers of Guideposts magazine will appreciate the opportunity as he is the executive editor of that publication. He also shares the spiritual insights he gained during his hospital stay. The importance of a community in prayer is highlighted. Hamlin is a skilled writer and his narrative reads well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.