Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hopelifter by Kate Wunnenberg

Kate Wunnenberg has made lifting up others who are suffering her life's work.  At times, it is simply a hug, cup of tea, a specially prepared meal, or an attentive ear.  Many of us may regularly do something similar, but there may be times when we do nothing because we don't know what is the right thing to do.  Kate and others who have contributed to her book (and organization) Hopelifter turn to scripture as their guides.And that I believe is the power behind her book and her work.  Most of us have good hearts and we want to help others in need.  We want to encourage those who are struggling, and as I said before, we try.  But do we make our purpose that our actions are extensions of our faith in Jesus Christ, the great Comforter.  Through the stories shared in Hopelifter, it is clear that giving others hope is a ministry within the possibilities of many of our gifts, and it can be a joyous ministry because hope quickly spreads.  For Wunnenberg, she has been able to draw from her own grief of three miscarriages and an infant who died after birth to write two other book and organize retreats for other mothers facing loss.

The book is divided into three parts:  Discovering Hope, Embracing Hope, and Giving Hope.  The section Giving Hope contains what Wunnenberg calls one hundred recipes for hope, which are actually one hundred short testimonies from people who have either reached out to others or from those who have been on the receiving end of hope gifts. Often the scripture verses that touched these people are included.  I recommend this book, for yourself or as a gift.  Let's all be prompted to act conscientiously to be bringers of hope.  This does not mean that we have to be pillars of strength or problem solvers.  The little things that we've always done may be all we're called to do and all we'll able to do, but we can do those things with a "right heart" and purpose.

I received an e-copy of this title from Zondervan Publishing and NetGalley for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.

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