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Here is my hope : a book of healing and prayer : inspirational stories of the Johns Hopkins Hospital
Henderson, Randi.
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First edition.
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New York : Doubleday, 2001.
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vii, 248 pages ; 22 cm
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The link between faith and medicine comes to life in a collection of true stories about ordinary people.
For ten consecutive years, the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has been named the country's number one medical facility in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings. It is another tradition, however, that inspired Here Is My Hope, In the center of the hospital's rotunda is a magnificent statue of Christ. Over the years, the statue has become a spiritual beacon for people of different religions and ethnic backgrounds. Every year, thousands of prayers written by patients, their families, doctors, nurses, and clergy are left at the marble figure.
Here Is My Hope tells the stories behind some of those prayers; stories of faith and medicine working together in the healing process. A collection that expresses the real feelings of real people facing real problems, it includes stories of courage, of thanks, and of loss. It does not promise miracles, but its message of hope and consolation will be a source of strength and inspiration for people everywhere whose lives are touched by illness, whether they are ill themselves or trying to cope with the illness of someone they love.

Author Notes

Randi Henderson, a freelance medical writer, was a feature writer for the Baltimore Sun for twenty years
Richard Marek is the author of the novel Works of Genius and has worked as a ghostwriter, an editor, and a publisher

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Booklist Review

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

Table of Contents

Grayson GilbertLevi Watkins, Jr.Michaila DisneyPatricia FosarelliThe Canfield and Parker TwinsEmanuel "Nick" GerondisLeroy SchauerMarvin FoxwellLillie ShockneyJames Lange
Introduction: The Divine Healerp. 1
Part 1 Hope
Reaching Upp. 13
In His Handsp. 35
Miracle Michailap. 55
Renewal of Faithp. 83
Part 2 Consolation
Young Soulsp. 99
A Mother's Fearp. 125
Part 3 Thanks
From the Heartp. 145
A Chaplain's Blessingp. 165
Prayer for a Mother, Prayer for a Daughterp. 183
Jimmy's Brainp. 203
Afterword: Sacred Ground, by the Reverend Stephen Mannp. 223
Appendix Prayers of Hope, Consolation, and Thanksgivingp. 233