FOR THE SICK In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer. When Rick Hamlin was rushed to the ER, he was immediately admitted to the ICU. No quick diagnosis was made, and for two weeks the doctors struggled to keep his body alive as Rick struggled to keep his faith alive. PRAY FOR ME is the story of one man's spiritual odyssey to learn how to pray in a new way as healing slowly came and a medical crisis became a spiritual opportunity--a chance for him to learn he was being called to something new, to be born anew. In the end the doctors were never able to diagnose the cause of his illness, but Rick is convinced that the healing came through prayer. https://amzn.to/2Jczims
ADDICTED TO ELECTRONIC GAMBLING? GAMBLING AT ELECTRONIC MACHINES - is it an addiction?
decades have seen a dramatic shift away from social forms of gambling
played around roulette wheels and card tables to solitary gambling at
electronic terminals. Slot machines, revamped by ever more compelling
digital and video technology, have unseated traditional casino games as
the gambling industry's revenue mainstay. Addiction by Design
takes readers into the intriguing world of machine gambling, an
increasingly popular and absorbing form of play that blurs the line
between human and machine, compulsion and control, risk and reward.
on fifteen years of field research in Las Vegas, anthropologist Natasha
Dow Schüll shows how the mechanical rhythm of electronic gambling pulls
players into a trancelike state they call the "machine zone," in which
daily worries, social demands, and even bodily awareness fade away. Once
in the zone, gambling addicts play not to win but simply to keep
playing, for as long as possible--even at the cost of physical and
economic exhaustion. In continuous machine play, gamblers seek to lose
themselves while the gambling industry seeks profit. Schüll describes
the strategic calculations behind game algorithms and machine
ergonomics, casino architecture and "ambience management," player
tracking and cash access systems--all designed to meet the market's
desire for maximum "time on device." Her account moves from casino
floors into gamblers' everyday lives, from gambling industry conventions
and Gamblers Anonymous meetings to regulatory debates over whether
addiction to gambling machines stems from the consumer, the product, or
the interplay between the two.
Addiction by Design is a
compelling inquiry into the intensifying traffic between people and
machines of chance, offering clues to some of the broader anxieties and
predicaments of contemporary life. At stake in Schüll's account of the
intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance is a blurring
of the line between design and experience, profit and loss, control and
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