The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage by Lee Strobel

The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage by Lee StrobelThe Case for Hope by Lee Strobel
Published by Zondervan on September 29th 2015
Genres: Christian Life, Inspirational, Religion
Pages: 224
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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. 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 our 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. The Case for Hope is sure to inspire and ignite hope into the hearts of those who thought they were without hope.

HOPE – I believe when we have hope, we have faith – faith in God. According to bestselling Christian author, Lee Strobel, hope is more than wishful thinking, blind optimism, or hopeful dreams, and our true source of “living hope” is the biblical hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Each day, we are bombarded by images of conflict, struggle, and despair. In our 24/7-news cycle that seems to always focus on the negative, it can be challenging to carve out space where we can focus on life’s blessings and find hope. But what is hope, and how can we find it in an often hopeless world? 

“Hope is the inextinguishable flicker God ignites in our souls to keep us believing in the prevailing power of His light even when we are surrounded by utter darkness.”

Strobel reminds us that biblical hope is the confident expectation that God is willing and able to fulfill the promises He has made to those who trust Him.  The Bible refers to this as “living hope”. In Lamentations 3:21-23, we are reminded that we can live with hope because even though we fail God, fail our families, and fail ourselves, God’s compassion is a renewable resource that is fresh and available every day because He is willing to offer us a new start. 

To read and reflect on the Gospel accounts of Jesus, we realize that he was a big source of hope. He lived a life that showed others the hope that they could find greater meaning and purpose in their lives. He spread tangible hope as he healed broken hearts and diseased bodies of countless people. He promised a hope-filled existence in heaven for eternity for those who would trust and follow him.

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This is a very quick but insightful book that I thought I would breeze through for purposes of this review. However, at this point in my life, as a Christian I do have hope, but sometimes I can have that wishful thinking or blind optimism hope. When I have hope in God, knowing He is willing and able to lead the way, things are always so much better in my life.

I love that at the end of this book there’s a 30-day journal for us to learn more about hope. We will begin the 30-day journey tomorrow – we need to delve deeper into the topic of hope right now, and I know we can learn so much more!

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 The Case for Hope is sure to inspire and ignite hope in the hearts of those who thought they were without it.

lee-strobel Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Texas. Visit Lee’s website at: www.leestrobel.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book without cost from HarperCollins Christian Publishing in exchange for this, my honest review and unbiased opinion. Thank you very much HarperCollins! It couldn’t have come at a better time.

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