Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine, where he has worked for more than twenty-five years. His spiritual memoir, Finding God on the A Train, was a Book of the Month Club alternate selection and a selection of One Spirit Book Club. He has published three novels, most recently Reading Between the Lines, as well as The Tournament of Roses, a history of the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade.
A native of Pasadena, California, Rick and his wife, the writer Carol Wallace, live in New York City, where they’ve raised their two boys. Classmates at Princeton University, they sing together in their church choir — he’s a tenor and she’s a soprano. He finds his best prayer time is first thing in the morning on his commute to work. “I take the subway to the office, the A train, and I usually read a psalm to get me started, then I close my eyes and tune out, or tune in. The rumble of the train on the tracks is a perfect background to my prayers. It’s my call to worship. Sometimes I refer to a Post It note in my pocket of people I’m praying for. By the time I get to work, I’m ready to face the day.”
He’s been a long time contributor to the best-selling devotional Daily Guideposts and regularly blogs on prayer at Guideposts.org.