Wednesday, January 15, 2014

book review: "let hope in" by pete wilson

     Hope changes everything. It can disarm guilt, shatter shame, and put your past in its place. All you have to do is make the choice to let it in. It won't be easy. It won't be quick. But it is possible and we serve a God who promises over and over again that anything is possible.
     Pete Wilson, pastor and the author of Plan B, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. 
     With Wilson's telltale cadence and candor, Let Hope In explores accounts of seemingly hopeless moments in the Bible; illustrating God's ultimate plan for healing by letting hope fill the dark places of your past. 
     Discover how pain that is not transformed, becomes transferred. Embrace the freedom of being okay with not being okay. Learn that a life of trusting is far more magnificent than a life of pleasing. Because hurt people, hurt people, but free people have the power to free people.
     So make today the day that you get unstuck. The day you fill your past with the light of hope, the day you say good-bye to regret and shame. The day you choose to change your future and embrace who God created you to be, simply by making the choice to let hope in.   

I became a fan of Pete after reading Plan B. I loved the book and highlighted and placed post-its all through it! So I was super excited to have the opportunity to read this newest book, Let Hope In. I love the message of this book because I think we're all looking for hope. In one part of the book Pete talks about the difference between trusting in God and trying to constantly please Him. In pleasing Him, we're striving and striving and never feeling like we've done enough. "In Christianity, God actually shows up and says, "You've done enough. I got it. This is not about what you do; it's about what I did. I got it. Because in the midst of your not being good enough, in the midst of your sin, I went ahead and paid the price." And along with hope is grace. Pete tells a story of a woman struggling to keep her second marriage intact but is unable to see she's merely repeating her past mistakes all over again. She was trying to do it all on her own and it wasn't working. "Grace is believing that against all odds and past history, we are loved and chosen, and we do not have to get it all together. It's not the absence of trouble but the presence of God. It's making contact with something unseen, way bigger that we could ever imagine in our wildest dreams. It's realizing the abyss of our past is no longer holding us back from God." I really enjoyed this book! 

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for my honest review.

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