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In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer. 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 l In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer. 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 the healing came through prayer.


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In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer. 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 l In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer. 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 the healing came through prayer.

59 review for Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I enjoyed this book and read it pretty quickly. I bumped it down one star because it was written in a somewhat pretentious tone at times (you could definitely tell him and his wife went to Princeton and live in NYC), and it felt a bit melancholy. Rick and his wife belong to the Episcopal Church, so there were some different spiritual references and practices mentioned than those I'm familiar with (I'm Baptist). However, I did enjoy reading Rick's story. I enjoyed this book and read it pretty quickly. I bumped it down one star because it was written in a somewhat pretentious tone at times (you could definitely tell him and his wife went to Princeton and live in NYC), and it felt a bit melancholy. Rick and his wife belong to the Episcopal Church, so there were some different spiritual references and practices mentioned than those I'm familiar with (I'm Baptist). However, I did enjoy reading Rick's story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    It’s intensely personal. You really feel for him as he struggles through horrible health issues. He is so open about both physical and spiritual struggles. As his life hung in the balance so did his faith. It’s wonderful to read of God’s healing in his life. It’s not just the story of his illness and healing. It’s the story of his life. Each chapter covers roughly a day in the hospital and one other life changing event so there are lots of flashbacks. He is a good writer. He takes a trial and t It’s intensely personal. You really feel for him as he struggles through horrible health issues. He is so open about both physical and spiritual struggles. As his life hung in the balance so did his faith. It’s wonderful to read of God’s healing in his life. It’s not just the story of his illness and healing. It’s the story of his life. Each chapter covers roughly a day in the hospital and one other life changing event so there are lots of flashbacks. He is a good writer. He takes a trial and turned it into a time of warm remembrance of friends and family. He handled the flashbacks very well. Never did I feel confused about the timeline. Hamlin is an Episcopalian. I’m a Baptist. My understanding of Biblical doctrines and his are very different. From here on out my review is going to cover those differences. For a book about prayer, his idea, or the idea conveyed in the book, about prayer is rather vague. It’s something he does and tries not to get distracted from. The best I can gather is that the prayer in this book is a contemplative, mystic emptying of the mind. He asserts many things about what prayer is such as actions, paintings, work, yoga style meditation; but never a mention that it is a direct conversation with our Creator and Savior. Any other issue of faith is handled in a very ecumenical, vague way. It’s Christian, but only in the broadest sense. Not that anything was taught on specifically, but there were lots of allusion to and mentions of practices that are not Biblical. Some of them are women pastors, monks, drinking, and of course certain prayer practices. They just come up in the way he lives his life. Because of them, I cannot recommend this book. I received this as a free ARC through NetGalley and Faithworks. No positive review was required and all opinions are mine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Hamlin 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 h Hamlin 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin is Hamlin's autobiographical story of a health crisis that he went through. During this particular crisis he was too ill to pray for himself, as often happens during a tough health crisis. He said, "I've always believed that when you can't pray for yourself, it's other people's prayers that sustain you. They do what you can't do." In Pray for Me, Hamlin shares many details of his health crisis, mostly chapter by chapter, during the nearly two Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin is Hamlin's autobiographical story of a health crisis that he went through. During this particular crisis he was too ill to pray for himself, as often happens during a tough health crisis. He said, "I've always believed that when you can't pray for yourself, it's other people's prayers that sustain you. They do what you can't do." In Pray for Me, Hamlin shares many details of his health crisis, mostly chapter by chapter, during the nearly two weeks he was in the hospital. Mixed in to each chapter, Hamlin also shares other parts of his life and the key people in his life as he reflects on them through the crisis. Throughout the book, Hamlin's faith and reflections on God come through. Perhaps most importantly, Pray For Me stresses how much God loves us and cares for us as Hamlin shares his faith and the importance of praying for each other. Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine. I like memoir and biographical reads in general and found Pray for Me to be an enjoyable read. While this book isn't a fast paced tale, it is a rather a slow, gentle read where Hamlin draws the reader into his life. I found it to be both encouraging and uplifting. I don't share Hamlin's faith in just the same way he does, but nonetheless I found his faith in God to be encouraging to me. I think this book could be a help to other people who are going through a health crisis to remind them that God is working in their life, even though they may not feel it. I also think Pray for Me is a good reminder of how important real community is in remembering to pray for each other, visiting the sick in the hospital, sending encouraging cards, and bringing food during times of recovery. Each of those things reminds us that we are not alone and we are loved by others. I received a copy of this book from FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Houle

    If you’ve been following me here on Goodreads, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of the God-as-Fairy-Godmother approach — that you can pray to God to miraculously cure oneself or someone else. However, my attitude towards this has been changing a bit. I recently read Evan Moffic’s The Happiness Prayer, and came away thinking that prayer might have some kind of healing element to it. Well, here comes another book about the healing power of prayer, but Rick Hamlin’s Pray for Me is remarkably mute If you’ve been following me here on Goodreads, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of the God-as-Fairy-Godmother approach — that you can pray to God to miraculously cure oneself or someone else. However, my attitude towards this has been changing a bit. I recently read Evan Moffic’s The Happiness Prayer, and came away thinking that prayer might have some kind of healing element to it. Well, here comes another book about the healing power of prayer, but Rick Hamlin’s Pray for Me is remarkably muted in its approach. This means that it can be pretty much read by anyone of any faith tradition, and you will not come away offended by it. The “God talk” is pretty sparse, and whatever talk there is pretty much merits the book being released by a major Christian publisher. Taking cues from Nora Gallagher’s Moonlight Sonata in the Mayo Clinic, this book is a health memoir about coming down with an infection that leaves doctors baffled and finding faith through it all, even if it means you have the prospect of losing your eyesight (in Gallagher’s case) or death (in Hamlin’s case). Two years ago this month, Hamlin came down with a mystery ailment that had him relegated to the Intensive Care Unit at a New York City hospital. Doctors really had no idea why he had trouble breathing, though they eventually suspected it may have been an allergic reaction to some antibiotics he had started taking to heal a skin lesion. Read more here: https://medium.com/@zachary_houle/a-r...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Pray for Me Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin FaithWords / Center Street FaithWords Christian Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Pray For Me through FaithWords/Center Street and Netgalley: This book reminds us that it is not what we do, but what God does. The author points out too that prayer feels good, because in prayer we not only get in touch with the Lord, but a larger part of yourself as well. In this book Rock Hamlin talks about when he was rushed to the hospital, for two wee Pray for Me Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin FaithWords / Center Street FaithWords Christian Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Pray For Me through FaithWords/Center Street and Netgalley: This book reminds us that it is not what we do, but what God does. The author points out too that prayer feels good, because in prayer we not only get in touch with the Lord, but a larger part of yourself as well. In this book Rock Hamlin talks about when he was rushed to the hospital, for two weeks the doctors struggled to keep his body alive. But more than that this is a story of a spiritual odyssey of a man learning to trust God when he is at his weakest. I give Pray For Me five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie D.

    I sat and read this book in two sittings. It reads like a story and I felt so invested in what the author was sharing about his ordeal. I love how open and honest he is throughout the book and how he shares about his own struggles to pray for himself as he went through this health crisis. I could relate to everything he said and felt. He always comes back to the fact that a God is with us even when we don’t feel it or when we question why. It felt so good to be reminded time and again about the g I sat and read this book in two sittings. It reads like a story and I felt so invested in what the author was sharing about his ordeal. I love how open and honest he is throughout the book and how he shares about his own struggles to pray for himself as he went through this health crisis. I could relate to everything he said and felt. He always comes back to the fact that a God is with us even when we don’t feel it or when we question why. It felt so good to be reminded time and again about the goodness and love of God for us. I highlighted so much of this book and I know I’ll come back to it time and again. I highly recommend this book! You will be as blessed by it as I was. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by FaithWords

  8. 5 out of 5

    Oak

    Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis is a touching memoir by Rick Hamlin. Hamlin went through a huge medical ordeal, after which he not only found physical healing, but also spiritual healing. The book predominantly covers Hamlin’s thirteen days in the hospital, and also talks about his life afterward. The book reminds us that life is uncertain, but God’s love is unchanging. Pray for Me is a well-written memoir, and I enjoyed reading about Hamlin’s journey. We all face very difficult obstacles Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis is a touching memoir by Rick Hamlin. Hamlin went through a huge medical ordeal, after which he not only found physical healing, but also spiritual healing. The book predominantly covers Hamlin’s thirteen days in the hospital, and also talks about his life afterward. The book reminds us that life is uncertain, but God’s love is unchanging. Pray for Me is a well-written memoir, and I enjoyed reading about Hamlin’s journey. We all face very difficult obstacles in life, and our challenges may be medical, emotional, or both. Seeing how Hamlin handled a life-changing situation is inspirational. The book is a hopeful one, showing that there is Light at the end of the tunnel. *I received this book for review*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is one of those rare books where you are left in awe after finishing the book. What Rick Hamlin has been through and how God has shaped his life is incredible. While it wasn't an easy road and he had to walk through a battle, God showed up and did the impossible. The books is mainly about while we face tragedies or difficult circumstances and we don't know how it's going to turn out, we have a God who we can completely rely on, who knows how it's going to turn out. He has us in the palm of This is one of those rare books where you are left in awe after finishing the book. What Rick Hamlin has been through and how God has shaped his life is incredible. While it wasn't an easy road and he had to walk through a battle, God showed up and did the impossible. The books is mainly about while we face tragedies or difficult circumstances and we don't know how it's going to turn out, we have a God who we can completely rely on, who knows how it's going to turn out. He has us in the palm of his hand. This book is inspiring, it will help you put your life into perspective and it may just help you slow down a bit from the busyness of your life. I give this book a 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alicja

    Compelling story about living through a mysterious sudden illness. Unfortunately, the author comes off as pretentious and unrelatable. This could be overlooked if it weren't for the religious aspect. I assumed this would be a book about the power of prayer and/or reliance on God through his ordeal that would encourage other Christians... Nope! His faith, at least what is described, is superficial. Nothing in depth or of any substance is discussed. Hardly any scripture is mentioned either. In fac Compelling story about living through a mysterious sudden illness. Unfortunately, the author comes off as pretentious and unrelatable. This could be overlooked if it weren't for the religious aspect. I assumed this would be a book about the power of prayer and/or reliance on God through his ordeal that would encourage other Christians... Nope! His faith, at least what is described, is superficial. Nothing in depth or of any substance is discussed. Hardly any scripture is mentioned either. In fact, some of his details suggest he is not even a Bible believing Christian but rather a follower of pop culture Jesus. Disappointing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    An uplifting book that shows prayers can heal even when doctors don't know what is going on!! An uplifting book that shows prayers can heal even when doctors don't know what is going on!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    It was like, if I wrote a book. 🤔

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    Judy Moseley

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Pray 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 expo Pray 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.

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