Book Review: Daring to Hope
Now more than ever before, we are in need of hope. We need a lasting hope that is an anchor for our souls. Katie Davis Majors in her new book share stories from her life, circumstances where she had to learn how to continue to have hope through disappointment and situations with outcomes that were unexpected.
During reading the book, I shed tears over different stories, because I understood the emotions she was feeling and the questions she was asking. This book is honest in the way it approaches the various difficult moments we may face in life, Katie is genuine about her perspective and how it changes through all she goes through.
I can identify with Katie as she learned how to hope. She puts it this way, "I remember how Isaiah spoke of a branch that will bear fruit, a shoot that grows forth from a dead stump. Is this hope? That we could look at a stump, long dead and lifeless, and expect a shoot where it seems impossible?" She calls herself a prisoner of hope and I consider myself one too. A prisoner of hope by her definition is, "to be the freest of all because we look at our circumstances and we expect Jesus to enter in and to redeem, renew, and restore" at any moment. We know that the one we trust is trustworthy and faithful to keep his promise to us.
I enjoyed reading Daring to Hope because it was a reminder of how Faithful God is to his children. This book reminds me of the anchor of our hope, and how we can trust God to bring beauty out of dark situations. God is good, and he does good, and he creates beauty where there were ashes. God uses the various circumstances of our lives and draws us closer to himself, through hope in Christ, we will begin to see God at work in the world around us.
"I want to live as a prisoner to the "Yes," this great expectancy that we will see Jesus here. Remembering all we have seen, we set our hope fully on what we have not yet seen. We place all of our hope and all of our trust and all of our focus on the grace given us through Christ, and we beg to live captured by His promise." -Katie Davis Majors