Inside Look at a Priest's Struggle to Believe in the Power of Prayer

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Author Julie Cicora answers the difficult questions, "Are there Dinosaurs in Heaven?"

During her time as a priest, the most challenging patients to see were children.

What does prayer do? This was the question author Julie Cicora decided to study as a hospital chaplain in her new book, “All I Can Do is Pray.” The book recounts vivid and heartbreaking stories of patients that were left with one option, prayer. The reader is allowed to discover how prayer transforms the patients and the author.

“I initially started writing this book to process my experience in the Clinical Pastoral Education program,” Cicora said. “Prayer transforms those involved in it, and God is with those who are suffering.”

After 22 years working in corporate sales, Cicora found her calling as an episcopal priest and enrolled in a Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Witnessing organ transplants, terminal illness and death, Cicora’s book is an inside look into the life of a hospital chaplain and how to give hope back to the clinically ill, no matter their age, and their families.

During her time as a priest, the most challenging patients to see were children. Cicora details how she gives hope to children and how she answered the difficult questions, such as, “Are there dinosaurs in heaven?” from a child whose father was dying.

“In the end it is about manifesting the love of God through our presence, words and actions,” Cicora said.

“All I Can Do is Pray”
By: Julie Cicora
ISBN: 978-1-49087-712-9
Retail price: $11.95
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and WestBow Press

About the author

Julie Cicora is an episcopal priest working on the bishop’s staff in the diocese of Rochester as the canon for mission and ministry. She received her master of divinity at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, N.Y., and was ordained in 2000 after a 22-year career at Hewlett-Packard in sales. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and spends time visiting her five sons and four granddaughters.

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