Nine Minutes Past Midnight
"If you are a believer this book is a must read. If you are a sceptic this is a must read for you too. If you think you are too "intellectual" for Christian belief let this book tell you how...
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"If you are a believer this book is a must read. If you are a sceptic this is a must read for you too. If you think you are too "intellectual" for Christian belief let this book tell you how wrong you are and inspire you to try a better way with God, instead of without Him. Highly recommended - a great Australian book which will blow you away."
(Marian Klitzke, (Tasmania), a retired social worker and ex-owner of a Christian bookshop. Emailed to the author and posted on You-tube with the promo.)
Trained at the University of New South Wales, Dr Ern Crocker is an experienced nuclear medicine physician, and the first to practise ultrasound in Australia. As he reconciled his Christian faith with his understanding of medicine, Dr Crocker became aware that God was working alongside him during an after-hours medical emergency. In this book, Dr Crocker recounts this life-changing encounter with the miraculous power of God, and also presents the testimonies of many other doctors who, like him, have experienced the presence of a "silent partner" as they carry out their medical duties. Readers will be amazed at these insiders' accounts of how God intervenes in the world of medicine today!
"An essential read for those struggling with the considerable challenge of integrating a passion for the science of medicine, the art of compassionate holistic care and a love of the God who has created them."
Dr Michael Burke MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FAICD Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia
"It is my hope that this book will encourage a large number of people to recognize that their hope lies with God, rather than with themselves."
Ben Carson MD, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Professor of Neurological Surgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University. Author of Gifted Hands
"This is an inspirational book. I recommend it to all, but especially to students and young professionals in health care. Over and over again it shows that God is faithful to those who seek him and intervenes in the lives of his followers. He is the healer, whether it be through medical or miraculous means. May it encourage those in the medical world to go after God more and more and see his kingdom come in health care in the nations."
Dr Ken Curry, Health Care In Christ, Australia
"To some, a Christian doctor is an oxymoron in our day and age. Dr Ern Crocker in his book Nine Minutes Past Midnight demonstrates keen intellectual precision whole at the same time positioning himself in a very real faith. I love the reality of the book. I enjoy the stories of incredible medical and technological breakthrough. I am in awe when healing comes when doctors know that it was not their efforts alone that won the day. Both types are stories of divine intervention. I am comforted that others struggle with the reality that healing is not effected in every case, either by divine or by natural means. The reality of our limitations as shared in this book, serves to remind us that there is still much to learn, and much to keep us humble, even while celebrating great success. This book and its heroes are worth celebrating."
David Crabtree, Senior Pastor, DaySpring Church, Australia
"Nine Minutes Past Midnight is a compelling book, demonstrating perfectly what it looks like when the kingdom of heaven is expressed through the hands of those in the medical field. With interviews and testimonies from professionals all over the world, Dr Ernest Crocker has courageously painted a clear picture of what it looks like when the hand of God is upon and working through doctors surrendered to Him. This book will encourage your faith as you read about the many who have encountered God and have successfully carried Him into the world of medicine."
Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor, Bethel Church, California. Author of When Heaven Invades Earth and Secrets To Imitating God
Nine Minutes Past Midnight is essentially a compilation of interviews, conversations, and anecdotes, involving both doctors and patients. The purpose of Crocker's assembled interviews, conversations, and anecdotes, was to set out "factual evidence" - sometimes quite startling factual evidence - entrusted to him by "prominent medical practitioners of sound mind and undisputed word" (thereby confirming Crocker's own relevant experiences) regarding "the manner in which a 'personal' God interacts and intervenes in the lives of doctors, their patients, families and friends." This factual evidence related to God's intervening in the healing process today, not simply in the past. Put differently, the central theme of Nine Minutes Past Midnight is the experience by doctors and patients of God's presence now in day-to-day medical practice as the "third person involved in patient care and in the healing process...that unseen person or 'silent partner'."
Rarely does a reviewer get to write about a book as remarkable as Ernest Crocker's Nine Minutes Past Midnight.
Dr Colin Goodwin (extract from review)
"Mr Ernest Crocker does not work alone but with a 'silent partner' he calls on during his treatment.
As a young doctor he found just how powerful this 'silent partner' is when called out to a medical emergency at Nine Minutes Past Midnight. It was beyond explanation how this woman, pronounced dead twice by other medical personnel, lived without any lasting effects. This miracle encouraged and changed Dr Crocker, the first nuclear medicine physician in Australia to practise ultrasound.
Nine Minutes Past Midnight begins with this incredible story and is followed by Dr Crocker's medical and spiritual journey and stories of other Christian doctors he encountered and interviewed over the years. It is a book of incredible faith, from medical personnel praying and trusting God to heal patients when their prognosis and ethics tell them the opposite, to the faith of patients whose lives are healed when their prognosis is non-existent.
This truly inspirational book would be a great encouragement to those training or working in the health field. They will learn to trust God the healer would be a great encouragement to those training or working in the health field. They will learn to trust God the healer to work in the lives of patients either through medical or miraculous means and realise the limits of medical abilities against God's healing power. Highly recommended."
- Elizabeth Gardner Weekly Challenge New Zealand's Christian Newspaper, 23/06/2012
In Nine Minutes Past Midnight we hear how Dr Crocker, called out to a medical emergency, came to be convinced that God was working alongside him. This led him to speak with many doctors from all branches of medicine and write about their stories. It is an inspirational account of how the personal God interacts and intervenes today in the world of medicine and medical people.
Trained at the University of New South Wales, Dr Ernest Crocker is an experienced nuclear medicine physician, and the first to practise ultrasound in Australia. He lives in Sydney with his wife Lynne, and operates in a private nuclear medicine and ultrasound practice there.
Dr Ernest Crocker is an author, speaker, physician and photographer living in Sydney Australia.
He graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of New South Wales with honours in 1969, was awarded the University Prize for Surgery, the Gilbert Ashby Prize for Surgery, and the HP and BL Melville Prize for general proficiency. Dr Crocker had previously obtained a a bachelors degree in Medical Science with honours at the Univ NSW and during that time was privileged to work with Sir John Eccles Nobel Prize winner at ANU. His thesis was related to the role of alpha and beta adrenergic systems in the cardiovascular responses to hyperventilation in arterial hypoxia.
He completed his residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and commenced advanced training in Nuclear Medicine. During this time he also trained in Diagnostic Ultrasound working with Dr George Kossoff of the Ultrasonics Institute.
In 1975 he completed nuclear medicine training as a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Sydney to be admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was made founding Director of Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound at Westmead Hospital.
During his ten years at Westmead Hospital he sat on a number of committees including the Council of the Australian and New Zealand association of Physicians in Nuclear Medicine, the Federal Government Nuclear Medicine fees committee, the New South Wales Government Advisory Committee for Nuclear medicine and also the Public Works Advisory Committee for Nuclear Medicine.He was also secretary of the RACP Nuclear Medicine Training Advisory Committee.
In 1986 Dr Crocker with his business partner established Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound associated in Western Sydney. He now works in a large private imaging practice in Sydney.
Dr Crocker has contributed seventy-five scientific papers to the literature in Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound. He holds the qualifications of BSc(Med) MBBS FRACP DDU FAANMS.
Dr Crocker has had a particular interest in Christian Outreach to China, and has visited many times as a representative of the Jian Hua Foundation to conduct teaching seminars. He has also been involved with World Hope Network visiting Cambodia and Vietnam for short term medical outreach projects.