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Here is My Hope: A Book of Healing and Prayer: Inspirational Stories of Johns Hopkins Hospital Hardcover – March 20, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (March 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385500327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385500326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Baltimore Sun writer Randi Henderson teamed up with author Richard Marek to offer Here Is My Hope, an outstanding collection of true stories of healing and faith based on the patients of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The writers focus their stories around the 10-foot statue of Christ in the main rotunda of the hospital. With its reassuring eyes and outstretched arms, the statue seems to exude the compassion that the ill and their loved ones yearn for when they enter the unknown territory of a hospital. Rather than being a religious icon, though, it has served to represent a place for people of all faiths and backgrounds to lay their hopes and prayers for healing.

In the first chapter we meet Grayson Gilbert, a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a usually fatal disease. With grace and eloquence, the authors tell of Grayson's unusual lethargy that led to the discovery of a cancerous mass in his abdomen and a rushed admission into Johns Hopkins. While he was hospitalized he befriended some of the small children in his ward. Still uncertain of his recovery, he left this note beside the statue, "Dear Jesus, This is Grayson. If you could just heal the other kids, please. Thank you very much." Ultimately Grayson did survive, as do many others who leave their hopes at the feet of this benefactor. Even with all the impressive scientific research that's been recently published on the link between faith and healing, this collection of stories stands as one of the most exquisite and convincing testaments. --Gail Hudson

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In a poignant if accidental metaphor for the changing religious landscape in America, at the center of this wonderful book stands the statue of Christ Consolater at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. It once stood at the hospital's center but, as a result of expansion, now resides in a little-used rotunda. Still, many seek it out, and the foot of the divine healer is worn with a century's worth of touches. This book tells six of the statue's stories, including that of an African American heart surgeon who operated on his father and that of a young couple whose premature twins could not hold on to life. The incidental analysis of the medical utility of prayer may be off-putting to the religiously ambivalent, and the focus on the statue prevents a diversity of religious perspectives. Still, this is one of the better books dealing with the human side of the relationship between illness and faith, and the stories it tells will inspire the sort of healing that medicine cannot achieve. John Green
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a moving and knowledgeable report from the outside of medicine looking in -- from the patients' point of view. We learn what goes through the minds of people experiencing terrible illness, in themselves or in family members. This is not television, where heroic doctors do their best and everyone lives happily ever after. While there's some demystification of hospital protocals and procedures (comforting for anyone facing a traumatic situation), the heart and soul of the book is about the mystic relationship between faith and healing, between hope and prayer. Ms. Henderson lived these people's stories, and it shows in the carefully detailed, deeply personal accounts. The sentiment is real, never maudlin, and the heroes here are the people who persevere in the face of a terrible enemy with only the simplest of weapons -- a belief that God exists, and will hear their heartfelt prayers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LezGus on March 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you've never seen the statue of the risen Christ this book may not touch you as deeply as it does someone who has stood before its majesty. These few stories are just a small part of the hope, courage, and prayers written in the prayer request book that flank the statue. This book isn't "all's well" and nothing bad happens. It looks at the many sides of Hopkins. The story of the 12 year old gun shot victim is both sad and hopeful. His mother clung to the hope of a miracle for her son. They're not the well dressed, highly educated families. Yet they were treated with dignity and respect. Through pain to hope this book inspires and moves us to recognize the hope found there, at the foot of Christ.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindi on March 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfully written and researched, Here is My Hope takes you into the lives of several families who have been forced to deal with the reality of a loved one with a serious illness. This widely diverse group of people all had one thing in common--they found comfort and hope in the striking Jesus statue in the rotunda of the hospital.
Henderson does an outstanding job of taking you inside the lives and minds of the people in her stories. She takes you right along with them on their emotional journies through the hospital. This book will have you laughing and crying through the pages. Once you get started, you cannot put it down.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PATRICIA J.FOXWELL on June 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME, I MUST TELL YOU I CANT READ IT WITH OUT CRYING, I HAVE YET TO DO SO. I WANT TO TELL YOU IM SO THANKFUL I COULD ORDER THIS BOOK ON ...(THE WEBSITE) AND SHARE IT WITH MY CHILDREN AND READ IT WITH MY HUSBAND.I ORDERED 2 COPIES AND GIVE THEM TO MY DAUGHTERS. IM SO THANKFUL TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS BOOK WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS CHAPTER 8 IN THIS BOOK CALLED HERE IS MY HOPE"" WE LIVED THIS CHAPTER''I HOPE MANY MORE PEOPLE PURCHASE THIS BOOK. NOT FOR OUR GAIN, BUT FOR THE BLESSINGS THEY WILL RECEIVE THRU THIS BOOK. IM SURE IT WILL BE HEART TOUCHING TO THEM ALSO. SINCERELY MRS. PATRICIA FOXWELL.
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By ART on March 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book hoping to give it to a friend being treated at Hopkins for a tough cancer. I decided not to give it to her because it was not uplifting. I read the book....and prayed the prayers detailed in within the pages. The stories were true....the prayers from the heart......but too real to be uplifting.... After all, it reflects that we are not in control of everything....and my friend is thriving on hope.
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