November 27, 2006, 2:14 am

Running Into the Arms of God

patI would love to tell you that the title of this post is an inspiring story about a patient or a nurse.

It isn’t.

A classic story of redemption set in an emergency department and written by yours truly.

In my dreams.

Instead it is a book of many stories. Stories that will have you howling with laughter and heaving with sobs.

In the same paragraph.

My copy isn’t autographed, but that’s okay. The author is invited to my house for Christmas dinner.

You see, Running Into the Arms of God was written by my brother-in-law.


Don’t tell Pat, but I read this book for the first time tonight.

Through hilarious stories of growing up in a family of nine kids (my hubby makes more than one appearance) and poignant stories of people whose lives he has crossed, Pat makes the case for “stories of prayer/prayer as story” but you will come away with so much more.

We pray without uttering a single sound or a word.

Prayer is in a father’s kiss, a glazed donut and the San Francisco skyline.

Prayer is in a tough kid’s smile, a baseball championship and the mysteriously decreasing height of a bench in India!


Although not a book about nursing, after you read it you will never practice nursing the same again.

You’ll care for the homeless and underneath the stench and grime you will see God.

You will never sit with a dying patient without noting that “…the line that seemingly separates life from death, despair from hope, suffering from joy” disappears before your very eyes.

You’ll find a prayer in every hand you hold, every brow you wipe, every pain you ease and every cup of coffee you hand to a waiting family member.

I’ve been praying for the last 28 years every time I crossed over the threshold of my hospital. I knew my calling to nursing had a purpose. I didn’t realize it was prayer.

I realize it now.

Do yourself a favor and buy yourself this book for Christmas. You deserve it.

You can find the icon for Running Into the Arms of God in the “middle” sidebar just below Blog Carnival.


As a last note, I want you to know I can vouch for every single word of the family stories. I’ve been a member of the Hannon family for as long as I’ve been nursing and they are just as charmingly nuts as they sound in the book.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry! And then you’ll wonder how any of them got out alive!

And yes, my mother-in-law was a saint. She had to be!


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  • Ilenia

    November 27, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Very nice review – will order one today.

  • jen

    November 27, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    wow, excellent book review! i’ll have to see if i can find it on amazon!

  • MandyHamm

    November 27, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    Another awesome book is by Echo Heron, a nurse based somewhere upstate Cali or further than that..she is EXCELLENT. I know I still have the books, but with the nove and all, who the hell knows WHERE…

  • Dr. A

    November 28, 2006 at 3:57 am

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  • Nickie

    November 28, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful book. I will see if I can find it anywhere in a format other than print and read it. Sounds like great preparation for a social work student. Thanks for writing about it!

  • Maria

    December 4, 2006 at 8:32 am

    I loved the book and ordered a copy for my mother. Tell your brother in law thanks for writing this. I come from a large Irish Catholic family of seven (Even had a brother that went to ND – Rah Irish!) and the stories truly resonated with me. Thanks

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