Friday, March 11, 2016

The Case for Hope {a BookLook Blogger review}

For the past couple of months, I've been picking up The Case for Hope by Lee Strobel.  Reading.  Re-reading.  Re-re-reading.

But not writing a review.  Well, today is that day.

Merriam Webster defines hope as "to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true."

I don't much like that definition.  And that isn't the hope that Strobel is making a case for.  Going back to the Hebrew and Greek, this word "hope" is more of a confident expectation.  Or trust.  

Let's see how the publisher described the book:
Hope is more than a wish. It is true. It is real. Lee Strobel’s trademark investigative style relays the confidence to know that hope is found in Jesus Christ. This book shows how living with hope makes a life-changing difference each day.

Can you really trust in hope? Lee Strobel proves that you can!

Lee Strobel’s trademark investigative style paired with an uplifting message of the hope found in Jesus Christ makes this the perfect gift for any Strobel fan at any time of year. Lee’s timeless message walks readers through why holding on to hope is so crucial, why we can trust in the hope of Jesus Christ, and how that hope can change their lives for the better.

Lee Strobel has already helped millions delve deeper into their faith and investigate the how and the why of what they believe. His cases for a creator, Christ, and faith are air-tight and convincing to even the most stalwart skeptic, which is why we know that The Case for Hope is sure to inspire and ignite hope into the hearts of those who thought they were without hope.

This gift book will be the perfect present for any occasion—be it a holiday or just as a pick-me-up for someone struggling.

As anyone reading this blog already knows, my mom died a bit over a year ago.  This book arrived in my life in mid-December, right before Christmas.  A season of hope.  And my first Christmas without Mom.

I didn't expect it to be all that hard.  The last time I saw Mom at Christmas was 1993.  I figured the holiday was going to be a lot harder on Dad and my brothers.  But it turned out that so much of Christmas has my mom wrapped up in it.  The nativity scene she made.  Her fudge recipe.  Her peanut brittle recipe.  Ornaments we made together when I was a kid.  The stockings she made.

It was much harder than I ever thought it would be.

And it was right as I was realizing that Mom is part of my Christmas even when she was 1000 miles away that this little book showed up in my mailbox.

This is an easy book to read.  It's a nice gift-book size and feel.  And it has a great message.  My big takeaway was that it is okay for me to have questions and to have doubts.  And that there are reasons for hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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