Finding Hope: Ways to See Life in a Brighter Light
Ronno F. Jevne, James E. Miller
"Hope is amazing. You can't touch it, but you can definitely feel it."
"Hope is paradoxical. You can live under extremely adverse conditions and have a great deal of hope."
"Lack of hope is most visible in the person whose days seem lifeless and long..."
"Hope is looking forward with both confidence and unsureness to something good."
"We hope because it is essential to the quality of our life."
"Hope often takes work, even a great deal of work. Sometimes you must struggle against the odds." (Jevne & Miller)
"We must never despair; our situation has been compromised before, and it has changed for the better; so trust it will again." (George Washington)
"Hope is both pervasive and elusive." (Gilbert)
In the gentle walking through quotes, reflections, comments and invitations (invitations to risk, trust and reach out), the authors give us a glimpse of what is, what is to come, and the hope that emerges where we are and where we hope to be.
The book isn't specifically about grief, illness or personal crisis. It is about life, and all of these events or episodes, and the greatest risk that they could bring to us ... the disintegration of hope. To no longer dream, no longer believe, no longer move out and beyond ... this is the death of hope.
Hope doesn't have to "stay dead." To own its absence is to invite its presence, to despair life's gloom is to awaken to new light and life. That is the process of hope and the possibility of hope.
Jevne and Miller capture the essence of this struggle and provide us with "ways to see life in a brighter light." To invest in this book (for yourselves and as wonderful gifts) is to invest in life and hope.
The Rev. Richard B. Gilbert, D.Min., Executive Director, The World Pastoral Care Center