Hope changes everything.
It can disarm guilt, shatter shame, and put your past in its place. All you have to do is make the choice to let it in. It won’t be easy. It won’t be quick. But it is possible and we serve a God who promises over and over again that anything is possible.
Pete Wilson, pastor and the author of Plan B, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever.
With Wilson’s telltale cadence and candor, Let Hope In explores accounts of seemingly hopeless moments in the Bible illustrating God’s ultimate plan for healing by letting hope fill the dark places of your past.
Discover how pain that is not transformed becomes transferred. Embrace the freedom of being okay with not being okay. Learn that a life of trusting is far more magnificent than a life of pleasing. Because hurt people hurt people, but free people have the power to free people.
So make today the day that you get unstuck. The day you fill your past with the light of hope, the day you say good-bye to regret and shame. The day you choose to change your future and embrace who God created you to be, simply by making the choice to let hope in.
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From Ashes to Hope
I cannot completely tell my story...but I am currently pending criminal charges for something that was wrong. While I tried to find all the reasons why it could be justified; consequence has no bias. I found myself struggling to find hope. I found it in Jesus. However my pending litigation only sat me in a bed of ashes. Yes, God promised to give me beauty for ashes...I just didn't know how, where, when. I found myself frustrated as my hope seemed to be nothing but vapor produced from the ashes of my consequence. I kept hearing sermons that inspired me, only to remember, "I am in these ashes." I would think, these sermons must be for everyone but me. "I still have a sentencing, I still have a price to pay," thoughts as these sat me back down in the ashes, to be burned and consumed by my own self condemnation. Then one day I got so frustrated I reached out to my pastor and said to him, "is there hope for me to be used by God?" He just looked at me with a face of love and leaned in towards me as if telling me with his body language, "I can totally relate to you." He said, "Yes!" He then recommend this book to me. "Let Hope In - Pete Wilson" It took me a while to buy it because I was struggling financially, but when I was able to squeeze $9.99 I made the investment. There are turning points in ones life. One of them for me was when I gave up on waiting for hope, and instead I LET HOPE IN!
Loved this book!
Let Hope In was written by Pete Wilson, who is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church which is one of the fastest growing churches in America. This is his third book and my personal favorite. Though I did enjoy both his first book, Plan B, and his second, Empty Promises. It's funny that I got the opportunity to read Let Hope In at this point in my life, a time when this is exactly the kind of message I needed. I think that that will be the case for many, if not most, of the people who read this book. Because we all go through times where something awful happens and we don't know what to do about it.
It's right in the title. Let Hope In. As Pete says, Your past is not your past if it's still impacting your present. In this book, Pete shares some of the stories of people he's counseled over the years and to help us see how our past impacts us. He uses several Biblical stories to help us understand how God wants to heal us from our past and present hurts.
I'm really not one to write in books, but I have a feeling that might change with this one. There's just so many good lines and passages in here. Some that I'd like to put up on a wall in a place where I'm sure to see it. Starting with just two words: But God . Those two words and what he says about them have had a major impact on my prayer life. Then I got hit by this gem which I loved: God is bigger than your history and more concerned with your destiny . And that was just chapter 1!
I'm a pretty fast reader, but it took me a long time to get through this - not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because it gave me so much to think about. This is going to be one that I'm going to return to over and over again. I believe that Let Hope In is going to be a major blessing to everyone who reads it and I really couldn't recommend it high enough. Get this book. Seriously. Not a Christian? I don't think you have to be in order to get something out of this. You might get a little more out of it if you are a Christian, but this book is very accessible. We could all benefit from a little more hope in our lives. The more hope we have, the better. We just have to choose to let it in. Let Hope In will show you how to do that.
*I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Hope Changes Everything!
"Time doesn't heal all wounds; God heals wounds."
Pete Wilson does a phenomenal job tackling some big issues we all struggle with. Everyone has a past and whatever was in it can impact our present. Wilson takes you through 4 choices that must happen to let go of shame, regret and fear and truly let hope in. He gives incredible insight and combines it with applied Scripture. He writes in a very personal style that is easy to follow and relate to. "Inside all of us is a desire for hope. Deep within you, nothing is hopeless."
Such a great read!! I highly recommend it!