Monday, October 26, 2015

The Case for Hope by Lee Strobel

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The Case for Hope
by Lee Strobel

ISBN-13: 978-0-310-33957-1
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: September 29, 2015

Source: Review copy from the publisher through

Book Description from Back Cover:
We live in a world filled with strife and disorder--one that can bring discouragement and make our future seem bleak. But when we find hope, we can overcome whatever trouble surrounds us. With hope comes an overriding confidence that, no matter what we face, God is with us and is greater than any challenge we encounter.

So where do we find hope that lasts? What is the reason for our hope?

In The Case for Hope, bestselling author Lee Strobel shares the unswerving truth that, through Christ, we have access to unlimited, unfailing hope. Included is a 30-Day Journey of Hope journal to help you meditate on specific passages of Scripture, allowing God's words of hope to come to life as never before.

My Review:
The Case for Hope is about what we put our hope in, why we can have confident hope in Christ, and how to live that hope out. Due to the title, I expected a bunch of interviews like in his early books ("Case for Christ", "Case for Faith"). While some interviews were worked into the flow, it's more his take on the subject than exploring other people's answers. I thought he did a good, Bible-based job of explaining the hope we can have through Jesus.

He started by explaining the different uses of "hope" in our culture and what biblical hope means--a sure hope, not a please-let-it-be-true hope. He explored why we can have assurance that Jesus was the Son of God and how his death and resurrection provides us with hope. This hope can transform our lives, and our hope can still be sure even in times of doubt. He described various people whose lives have been transformed by knowing Christ, even people who actively rejected Christ. At the end, he provided a 30-day Journal. Each day had a scripture on hope to think about and room underneath to write down your thoughts.

The author did a good job of describing biblical hope, why we can feel confident in it, and how this can change our lives. I'd recommend this book to new Christians or those who feel like they don't have a confident hope in anything.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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