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10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without

Rick Hamlin, Guideposts Editor and Master Storyteller

Shares Fresh Perspective

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 Guidepostsmagazine Rick Hamlin approaches 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 . . . .

sing, raise your hands

“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 Guidepostsmagazine. He engages readers as only a master storyteller can, 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.

10 Prayers You Can't Live Without

10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without: How to Talk to God About Anything

Rick Hamlin

Guideposts APRIL 1, 2013

ISBN 978-0-8249-3218-3  Paperback  5½” x 8¼”  240 pages  $14.99

Religion | Christian Life | Spiritual Growth

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Guideposts (guideposts.org), a nonprofit organization, touches millions of lives every day through products and services that inspire, encourage and uplift. Its magazines, books, websites, prayer network and outreach programs help people connect their faith-filled values to their daily lives. Its flagship title, Guideposts, reaches six million readers. The Guideposts family also includes Candy Cane Press, Ideals, Williamson and Summerside Press imprints.

 

Living on a Prayer

Are you living on a prayer?

HOW do we get there when our attempts at prayer seem so frustrating and so flawed?

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 mealtime 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.”
“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 spiritual 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.

10 Prayers You Can't Live Without

10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without: How to Talk to God About Anything

Rick Hamlin

Guideposts APRIL 1, 2013

ISBN 978-0-8249-3218-3  Paperback  5½” x 8¼”  240 pages  $14.99

Religion | Christian Life | Spiritual Growth

Guideposts.org

Guideposts (guideposts.org), a nonprofit organization, touches millions of lives every day through products and services that inspire, encourage and uplift. Its magazines, books, websites, prayer network and outreach programs help people connect their faith-filled values to their daily lives. Its flagship title, Guideposts, reaches six million readers. The Guideposts family also includes Candy Cane Press, Ideals, Williamson and Summerside Press imprints.

Your innermost prayers…when you don’t know what to say.

Q & A with Rick Hamlin on Prayer…

Rick HamlinYour career at Guideposts magazine has spanned almost three decades. How has your position atGuideposts as executive editor impacted your outlook on prayer?

 When you see me in my office, surrounded by a sea of yellow post-it notes filled with prayer requests from people around the world, you get a quick snapshot of all the ways I’ve been blessed. Praying for others—and encouraging them in prayer—has taken me on a wonderful journey, an exhilarating adventure. I like to memorize their requests and who they are so I can think about them when I’m not at my desk. I’ve learned to “go out on a limb” when I pray for others, to take a risk, to be passionate – the way Paul is in his prayers. In my work here, I’ve also been expected to ask boldly, sometimes brazenly, about other people’s prayer lives, and that has blessed me and helped me grow in my Christian faith. Hearing their stories, their challenges and victories refreshes and encourages me every day.

You give your readers a new perspective on the definition of prayer—what constitutes prayer, what it is, what it’s not. Can you expand upon this, helping readers understand your view of “praying without ceasing”?

Talking to God can happen in a lot of different ways.. Certainly, it can be quiet and contemplative, but it can also be a conversation as you would talk to a friend. Pour out your soul, say what’s on your mind, don’t censor yourself—He’s listening and knows exactly what you’re going through. Also, reading Scripture, especially the Psalms, captures our thoughts, speaks to our souls and, in fact, constitutes prayer. A prayer can inspire an act, but the act itself can also be a prayer. It can be bold and action-packed like a hug, a song, a scripture verse, a service, writing someone a note or letter or doing an out-of-the-blue favor; all these connect us with our Maker. When we say “Yes” to God and then go on to act on His nudgings, on the promptings of the Holy Spirit, then we’re on our way to “praying without ceasing” throughout our lives.

You exhort readers not to get stuck in “prayer paralysis.” Could you further discuss the “cure” for this malady?

Sometimes in your prayer life it can be hard to translate a good feeling into an action.  You know what God wants you do to but you’re not sure you can do it.  You get stuck.  Well, as someone once said, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”  When you say “Hi!” to God, God will say “Hi!” right back to you.  Step out in faith and you will be helped in more ways than you know.  Prayer is a tool to make you stronger, braver, bigger, lovelier – in a word.  Prayer simply expands your world. You learn to care about people you would never have known otherwise, and you find out what makes them tick. You grow in your ability to love. This “prayer in action” cures your “prayer paralysis” quickly!

10 Prayers You Can't Live Without

10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without: How to Talk to God About Anything

Rick Hamlin

Guideposts APRIL 1, 2013

ISBN 978-0-8249-3218-3  Paperback  5½” x 8¼”  240 pages  $14.99

Religion | Christian Life | Spiritual Growth

Guideposts.org

Guideposts (guideposts.org), a nonprofit organization, touches millions of lives every day through products and services that inspire, encourage and uplift. Its magazines, books, websites, prayer network and outreach programs help people connect their faith-filled values to their daily lives. Its flagship title, Guideposts, reaches six million readers. The Guideposts family also includes Candy Cane Press, Ideals, Williamson and Summerside Press imprints.