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About the Author

About the author: Rick Hamlin's books include his memoir Finding God on the A Train and several novels. He has been a contributor to Daily Guideposts since 1985 and blogs about prayer at He and his wife Carol live in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Guideposts Books (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824932188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824932183
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Rick encourages us by reminding us we can't fail at prayer. Trying is doing.
Rick is executive editor at Guideposts. He's talked to lots of people about prayer and shares many of their stories (and his own) here.

He has attempted to break down prayer into categories he has found most helpful. He doesn't expect us to pray the way he does. He does hope to expand out thinking about prayer.

Here are a few concepts about prayer I learned from this book. Prayer can be a way of processing history or processing news, putting it back into the hands of God. It is important for children to hear their parents pray. Include interruptions right into your prayers. Prayer is a conversation you can have all day. Concentrate on expressing gratitude for what you already have, not what you are fervently wishing for.

Here are a few quotes to give you an idea of Rick's thoughts. "If I could only pass on one piece of advice about prayer, this would be it: Pick a time and place for prayer and try to do it every day." (26) "When you're not sure what to pray or how to pray say a prayer for someone else." (48) A lesson from The Lord's Prayer: "It's as though Jesus is urging his disciples, here's what you should do when you pray: Be direct. Make it simple. Don't be long-winded. Cover all the bases. Forgive. Relinquish. Pray for others as you pray for yourself." (72)

Rick affirms that there are certainly more than ten kinds of prayers. "I believe there are as many prayers as there are people in the world," he writes. (237) Pray, he advises, and don't say you don't know how. "You were made to pray." (238)

If you like the kinds of encouraging stories that appear in Guideposts, you'll like the stories Rick tells in this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "Doc" Hilton on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
10 Prayers You Can't Live Without
Rick Hamlin
ISBN 978-0-8249-3218-3
Religion\Christian Life\Spiritual Growth
B&B Media Group,Inc.
246 pages
$14.99 U.S.

"When you hear a loved one's voice on the phone, you can usually recognize them in a word or two. Your voice is just as unique to God, and he is waiting, wanting to listen to you personally, about anything and everything. Yet sometimes we can't find the words to pray."

I've never met Rick Hamlin. Never even heard of him, before I received the book, 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without: How To Talk To God About Anything for review. But from the opening pages, I felt like I was visiting an old friend. In a winsome, down to earth style Rick shares spiritual truths about that most difficult of spiritual exercises - prayer. Illustrating the principles with personal anecdote that illuminate the message without taking over the spotlight, Mr. Hamlin writes with an easy familiarity concerning prayer. Would that we were all as at home with prayer as Rick Hamlin.

10 Prayers You Can't Live Without has now become my devotional, because I want to learn how to talk to God better, and I think that this book is going to get me there.

5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Favorite Christian Books on April 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This isn't really a book about how to pray, but more of a book reminding you WHY you should pray. The author tells many stories from his personal life as well as stories he has learned in his role as Executive Editor of Guideposts Magazine. There were many stories that brought me to tears at seeing God's faithful response to prayer.

The author does talk about different types of prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer and how people when faced with difficult circumstances that found peace in those words. He also talked about the "No" prayer that we pray when the unthinkable has happened. He reminds us that God hears those prayers as well.

This book is a great reminder that God does hear our prayers and we don't have to wax eloquent to find God's peace and answers. This is not a how-to book, if that's what you are looking for you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking for a book where the author is transparent about his own struggles and the victories he has seen through prayer, this book will definitely encourage you.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher for review, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roberta L. Messner on March 20, 2013
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I stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading Rick Hamlin's wonderful new book. Simply put, I love it. I have benefitted personally from Rick's prayers over the years, and now I know some of the engaging stories behind them. So many are going to be blessed from this work. In an era when countless feel spiritually homeless, this resource is a safe haven to return to again and again. And for those who feel they don't know what to say to the God of the universe, I love Rick's closing words: "Of course you know how. You were made to pray."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on May 30, 2013
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Despite the subtitle, this is not so much a how-to book as it is "inspirational" prose, showing readers how others have prayed. And it's inspirational writing at its best. Rick Hamlin, executive editor of Guideposts magazine, is a seasoned writer who knows how to draw the most out of a story. Here he illustrates the use of 10 types of prayers, relying on his own life experience, interspersed with stories of co-workers and people featured in the magazine over the past 30 years.

Hamlin's first chapter, "Prayer at Mealtime," is heavily autobiographical; he describes the best scenes of his childhood and his father's comprehensive table prayers --- like my father's in their blessing of the hands that prepared the food. Here we feel like we get to know and like Hamlin and trust him as we turn the page. In his introduction he writes, "A good read makes me want to talk to the author." Yes, I wanted to sit down for lunch with Rick Hamlin. But even here, he draws the reader to a higher plane: "I would feel like I really accomplished something" if readers instead wanted to talk to "our Maker."

Later chapters include pieces of Hamlin's adventures in prayer --- chatting with God, praying for others, reciting the Lord's Prayer, etc. ---but he more liberally turns to the experience of others. Some names are recognizable: Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame), Carol Burnett, Deborah Norville and Robin Roberts. Some stories of lesser knowns simply struck Hamlin for their insight and power. His writing shines in his finessed transitions that weave one illustrative story to the next and provide deeper spiritual content.

Back to Hamlin's own story. He has had open-heart surgery and watched a young son suffer (in hospital-bed traction for a month).
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