Remarkable Hope (Giveaway)

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If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll know that one of my favourite topics to write about is hope, and my belief that, whatever our circumstances, there is always hope to be found in Jesus.

I was excited to discover the opportunity to be part of the launch team for Remarkable Hope a new book by Shauna Letellier, which looks at the experiences of eight people from the Bible and how they found hope in Jesus despite disappointing circumstances.

I was blessed by the way Shauna brings Scripture to life so vividly while also drawing out helpful lessons and encouragement for today, and I’m pleased to be able to share a guest post from her which will give you a little taste of what you can expect in the book.

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What to Do When You’re Not “joyful in hope”

When I wrote my first book, Remarkable Faith, I felt like I had made a pioneer discovery. I saw a pattern in the gospels that demonstrated a biblical truth, and I wanted to share it with everyone. Like a child wide-eyed over a fossil dug from a backyard sandbox, the matter of faith as dependence rather than performance had always been there. But I was just discovering the vivid illustrations in the people Jesus met.

Writing my second book, Remarkable Hope, was more of an investigation. Not so much, “Hey! Look what I found!” but more “I wonder why that is?”

The apostle Paul wrote to his friends in Rome, “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12: 12). Faithful in prayer and patient in affliction, I understood. Keep praying and trust God in the hard times. But “joyful in hope” struck a dissonant chord, like a toddler banging on the bottom three keys of a piano.

If we’re called to be joyful in hope, I wondered why I inwardly rolled my eyes when I said, “I hope so.” Hope sounded more sarcastic than joyful. “I hope so” felt like ineffective fairy dust sprinkled on an impossibility.

I went to my Bible to discover true hope, to learn from the folks who saw Jesus face-to-face and still experienced severe disappointment, even despair. It didn’t seem to harmonize.

My own usage of the word “hope” was throwing me off. My definition was the eye-rolling, doubt-filled sarcastic verb I had been employing.

I hope I don’t get sick.
I hope we make it on time.
I hope it doesn’t rain.

Much of the time I ended up wet, late, and sneezing. In my mind, hope was more akin to doubt than joy.

But biblical hope, the kind written about by Paul, Peter, and John is active waiting for a good future you can count on. Its fulfillment is not predicated on weather or timing or health. It is held in place by Jesus’ finished work for us. His timing, purposes, and plans are sometimes confounding and, in our minds, disappointing.

Even people in the gospels—who met Jesus, who ate with him and hosted him in their synagogues—even they experienced differing degrees of disappointment. But after studying eight of those people, I can confidently declare with the apostle Paul that “our hope does not disappoint us.” (Romans 5:5)

Remarkable Hope: When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People, is the result of that study and reflection. It retells the stories of eight hopeful people in the Bible who appeared—at first—to be disappointed by Jesus. Their stories reveal a pattern of being surprised by him in drastic ways. As we observe Christ’s faithful commitment to them, we will be wowed by his unseen plan and revived by his enduring presence. With unexpected methods and surprising gifts, Jesus transforms disappointment into the certainty of remarkable hope. Not only for them, but for us too.

{This article was first published at www.shaunaletellier.com and is republished here with permission.}

shauna letellierShauna Letellier is the author of Remarkable Hope: When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People. Drawing upon her degree in Biblical Studies, she weaves strands of history, theology, and fictional detail into a fresh retelling of familiar Bible stories in her books and on her blog. With her husband Kurt, she has the wild and hilarious privilege of raising three boys along the banks of the Missouri River where they fish, swim, and rush off to ball games.

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Giveaway!

Shauna has very kindly offered a copy of her book as a giveaway prize for one reader of this blog.  Just leave a comment below before 8pm GMT on Sunday 10th March to be entered into the draw.  I will contact the winner by email and also share the winner in my blog post next week.

You can find out more about Remarkable Hope here, or order at Amazon on these links: UK, US.

I’m grateful for access to a complementary digital copy of this book.  This is my honest review and I only share books here that I genuinely believe will be beneficial to my readers.

Amazon links are not affiliate links, but simply provided for your convenience.

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30 thoughts on “Remarkable Hope (Giveaway)

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book and one I would love to read. I agree with Shauna – it may be time for us to redefine “hope”. Romans 5:5 is one of my favorite verses 🙂 Thank you for this review and for the opportunity. Blessings!

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  2. I just finished my one month of writing every day about hope so I’m happy to see this new resource. I discovered I can never truly figure out hope in all its intricacies. Hope is my one word for 2019, too. Thanks for sharing about this book! Sounds so good.

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    1. I always like reading about hope and I’ve enjoyed the posts of yours I’ve managed to read during February. I think if I had a word for my whole life it would be hope.

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  3. This sounds like a wonderful book! I put it on my Amazon wish list, but it would sure be special if I won it here. 🙂 Thanks for offering it and for telling us about it. Love and blessings of hope in Jesus, Lesley and Shauna!

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  4. Shauna,
    Your book sounds wonderful! The whole Bible is a book about love and hope. No matter how disappointed I get in life….I know how the story ends! That is my greatest joy and hope. Jesus never disappoints and if we feel like He’s let us down, I often find that’s the enemy whispering lies in my ear. Would love to read your book. Thanks for sharing, Lesley!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  5. I’m spending a good bit of time studying hope right now, and we really have eviscerated the word by making it more like wishful thinking. Biblical hope is a virtue, and it is based in the promises of God. So thankful for the “hope which does not disappoint!”

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  6. Hope is so needed in our world today! It’s what can keep our minds and hearts peaceful and light even in the darkness. Thank you, Shauna, for following God’s writing prompt of hope, and Lesley for sharing the message even more.

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  7. Lesley, Hope is a recurring theme in my life. Last year, in studying this as my One Word, God kept reminding me that where I place my hope makes all the difference. If I place my hope in wishes, well, that’s rather difficult, because so many factors play a role in what happens to my hope.

    But, when I place my hope in Jesus, my Rock and my salvation, that’s a solid place to lay my hope. This book sounds like a great read.

    This passage spoke to my heart:

    “is active waiting for a good future you can count on. Its fulfillment is not predicated on weather or timing or health. It is held in place by Jesus’ finished work for us. His timing, purposes, and plans are sometimes confounding and, in our minds, disappointing.”

    Thanks for sharing, my friend!

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  8. Hope is my word for the year this year. I’ve actually never jumped on the word of the year bandwagon, but I’m loving it! Thanks for these words! I’m hopping over to Amazon to check out this book!

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    1. Hope is such a great word for the year and this book will definitely help you reflect on that. I wasn’t sure about the word of the year thing either until I tried it but I’ve found it really helpful!

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  9. Our hope is based on the promises given to us by our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love reading about hope, and this book sounds great. Thanks for the give-away.

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  10. I am nothing without hope so reading your review of Shauna’s book got me excited to learn more. God is in the business of hope and I am in a place of needing it. Thank you for the giveaway.

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