Hope has the power to “disarm guilt, shatter shame, and put your past in its place,” according to Wilson. You just need to let it in. It makes it sound so easy.
I feel like the unfortunate thing about books like this is truly responding to grace and letting hope in is a lot easier to write and read about than it is to live out. This book contains words of truth, but it requires a real response. And that response isn’t always easy as following four steps.
“In order to fully trust God, you must be willing to invite and welcome the pruning process.”
What I Liked:
This book was an easy, quick read. Wilson includes a lot of personal stories, which I really appreciate because it gives it a genuine feel. He writes in an honest way, which is refreshing. I imagine he writes likes he speaks and preaches, so it’s almost like you are sitting across from him having coffee while you read this book.
He tells a lot of stories from his own life, which always makes it more personal. It is easier to connect when someone shares from his or her own experiences. My favorite chapter was chapter eleven, titled “Breathe Grace.” In this chapter, Wilson explores betrayal and forgiveness. He talks about the pain of being hurt by someone; he also talks about our response. Including saying that sometimes we need to forgive someone not for them but for our own freedom.
What I Didn’t Like:
A lot of this book feels very much like it’s filled with “Christian fortune cookies.” Meaning it includes helpful nuggets of information, but you hear them so often. They are so inspirational feeling, it rarely moves you to action. It rarely results in life change.
The book summary includes says that Wilson “presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing four unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever.” Honestly, the choices do not feel unique. If you have hung around Christian circles or attended church, you’ve probably heard these same items before. Perhaps they were stated in a different way, so if this book helps you see them in a new light, great. However, this book does not present any new information nor does it present it in a new way.
Still, I do feel this is a beneficial book to read. This book can be challenging if you allow it to be. I think that’s the thing about books or sermons like this: the words spoken are powerful. However, the words can easily fall to the ground or be left behind until we are open to changing our actions. Repentance means a turning away and walking in a different direction. To let hope in, we don’t just need to read about “four choices that will change your life forever,” we need to embrace them daily.
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