What do prayer books written in hospital chapels reveal about us?

In what is believed to be the first systematic review of hospital prayer books, Brandeis University sociologist Wendy Cadge and a colleague analyzed the heartfelt offerings of people whose loved ones are ill. The analysis of 683 prayers – written by 536 people at Johns Hopkins University Hospital between 1999 and 2005 – showed that writers were searching for strength, not miracles.