Executive Editor, Guideposts Magazine
A richer prayer life. A stronger connection to God. A more vibrant faith. Deep in our soul, every Christian longs for these, but how do we get there when our attempts at prayer seem so frustrating and so flawed?
In his newest release, 10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without: How to Talk to God About Anything (Guideposts, April 2013), author and Executive Editor of Guideposts magazine Rick Hamlin comes alongside readers like a caring friend, dispelling uncertainties and sharing a whole new perspective on prayer.
“You can’t fail at it. Nobody can,” Hamlin shares in the introduction. “Open your heart, open your mouth, say something, say nothing. Shout if you must. Raise your hands; clasp them in your lap. Sing if you please . . . .”
“To try it is to do it,” he continues. “It’s the only human endeavor I can think of where trying is doing. Prayer is as natural as breathing. It’s fun. It’s a relief. It’s comforting. It’s a solace.”
Indeed, from the book’s first pages, Hamlin hooks readers with his genuine tone and candor. “He’s basically saying, ‘You can do this. In fact, you already are. And I’m going to give you practical ideas that will bless you beyond belief,’” explains David Morris of Guideposts, the book’s publisher. “In essence, he embraces each reader with down-to-earth encouragement, real-life examples and biblical wisdom, leaving them uniquely exhilarated. Divinely recharged. And inspired to talk to God in new ways, even to connect with Him ‘without ceasing’ with a new understanding of prayer.”
In fact, in ten inspiring chapters, Hamlin offers ten suggestions for a richer prayer life all born from his own life journey in prayer and from the experiences of others he’s encountered in his work at Guideposts magazine. He engages readers as a master storyteller, expanding their view of daily prayer opportunities—from mealtime and classic prayers to conversing with God as a friend, uplifting others, calling on God in times of crisis, singing both praises and petitions, giving thanks and more.
Hamlin delves honestly into his past and reveals poignant encounters that have shaped his prayer-life, including his complicated relationship with his father, a man who conveyed much compassion and wisdom in meal-time prayers yet struggled mightily with alcohol addiction.
“He’s so candid and real,” confides Morris, “like a ‘personal prayer mentor’ you would love to talk with over a cup of coffee.”
From those who want to begin praying to mature Christians and prayer warriors long in the trenches, every person who desires a stronger connection to God or a refreshing look at a vital discipline will find new inspiration and increased clarity.
This newest book joins Hamlin’s list of offerings, including his memoir, Finding God on the A Train, three novels, a blog about prayer at Guideposts.org and frequent contributions to the best-selling Daily Guideposts annual devotional. A native of California, he and his wife, Carol, reside in New York City where they have raised two sons.
Guideposts Magazine, has been an inspiration to me since I was a little girl. A book reminding us to pray for what is important and to pray daily is a keeper. It’s easy reading and moves quickly and leaves you wanting more to read. Hopefully inspiring Rick Hamlin to share more with us in the future.