Reviewed by Lisa Lickel
Healing Prayer on Holy Ground
by Mark W. Sheehan with Chris Sheehan
"Sheehan shares that prayer is beneficial for everyone: the patient, those in charge of the case, as well as for those who pray."
Cardiologist Mark Sheehan writes about hope and healing in his book. The Holy Ground is patient's "dying rooms" where Sheehan says he feels like removing his shoes. His patient accounts are a testimony to the power of prayer.
Sheehan shares his well-read journey to discover saving faith for him and his family after a move to Colorado and a challenge from his wife's father to get involved in church. He chronicles their delve into faith and the discovery and challenge of prayer. The author talks about the different kinds of prayer and describes them.
The book begins with a patient's account of being totally aware of events taking place around her even though she'd been declared clinically dead. In later chapters, Sheehan explores a few similar patient accounts in more detail, liberally using their own words. He includes one account of a patient who claims to have been refused heaven until he made amends.
Divided into four sections, Personal Transformation, Prayer, Patient Stories, and The Caring Profession, I found his stories intriguing, his thoughts on prayer and faith mostly consistent with what I understand and believe.
The book did have a sort of scattered feel, despite the segments. It didn't read entirely like a physician showcasing the power of prayer particularly in the medical field, nor did it feel like a teaching or study guide. While Sheehan does mention calling for prayers for patients, and using his church prayer chain, I didn't find specific instances where only prayer accounted for a patient's healing. But that's not necessarily the claim of this co-published book.
Sheehan shares that prayer is beneficial for everyone: the patient, those in charge of the case, as well as for those who pray. A closer and more intimate relationship results from prayer, and that's an inspiring lesson for everyone.
Many books and studies are cited in this work, and there are several pages of notes with good references to explore for those who are interested in reading more.
Lickel lives in Wisconsin with her high school teacher husband in a 150-year-old
Great Lakes ship captain's house. She is active in more than one historical society,
belongs to writing and reading clubs and is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin,
the magazine of Wisconsin Regional Writers. A graduate of the Christian Writer's
Guild, she has written newspaper features and magazine articles, radio theater,
and authored several inspirational novels. Find her online at http://lisalickel.com,