Hanging Onto Hope | Book Critiques | Books


Our occasions are not really conducive to hopeful attitudes. About the planet, divisions are developing amongst individuals. Abuses, tragedies, and disasters are mounting each day. The individuals lack trust in their leaders, and the leaders appear to be indifferent to the requirements of the individuals. We desperately will need a revival of hope.

Melannie Svoboda is the author of Each day Epiphanies, which presents keen and exuberant celebrations of each day spirituality. She at the moment writes, directs retreats, and provides talks on modern spirituality. Right here is a paperback that will give lots of the hope they will need to carry them by means of the cosmic overwhelm so prevalent these days.

Svoboda has a terrific present for discovering quotes which inspire. Right here is a sampler:

  • “The capacity to reside joyfully in an imperfect planet is a sign of Christian maturity.”
    — Richard Rohr
  • “In our occasions, is not hope the most essential virtue? And the most required? And the rarest?”
    — Michael Downey
  • “To enjoy God is to encounter a baffling solidarity with other individuals.”
    — John Shea
  • “Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from becoming as well dry, and tends to make it less difficult to swallow.”
    — Diane Johnson

With a stylistic ease that appears to come to her naturally, Svoboda probes the challenges to hope, the insights of Fred Rogers and Erma Bombeck as two mentors of this virtue, and the approaches in which it can make a distinction in our lives.

In a chapter on prayer, she quotes a individual who told her that this devotional practice is like calling dwelling each day or in the words of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, praying is “our day-to-day appointment with Mystery.”

Each and every chapter ends with two extra gifts for us: Reflective Queries and Recommended Music Videos. There are 3 of the latter, and we enjoy them!


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