I’m here today to share with you about a new book that was released recently that I just finished over Christmas vacation called Let Hope In. It’s the third book by one of my favorite authors, Pete Wilson, who’s the pastor at Crosspoint Church in Nashville. Some of you might be kind of familiar with Pete Wilson because he also wrote the book Plan B that was our all church journey at Suncrest a few years ago.
In Let Hope In, Wilson writes about four basic choices that we can make to let hope into our lives in a deeper, more powerful way. One of his main points in beginning is that if we never deal with the stuff of our past, we only end up transferring it to others in our lives (usually in a pretty toxic way). But if we deal with our past in a healthy way and truly let it be our past, then we can experience God’s transformation in our lives. There are definitely parts of the book that line up with our Getting Past Your Past series from a few weeks ago; this book could be an awesome refresher on some of those points for all of us!
For me, the final section of the book was the most powerful. Wilson writes about how we can learn to truly trust God and how we can learn to love God (and others) in the deepest, fullest way possible. I know that in my life right now, I’m bumping up against my difficulty in being truly and completely loving and trusting, mostly because I fear vulnerability. Let Hope In definitely offered some great thoughts and insight from Scripture, that made me re-think some of my issues and move forward trusting God.
I think that to some degree, many of us really struggle to experience the full hope that following Jesus brings because we allow our fears, our past, our unforgiveness, and our hurt to get in the way. To me, following Jesus should be the most thrilling, exhilarating, and wonderful experience of our lives; that’s part of how we show the difference that following Jesus makes to a lost and hurting world! It’s my hope that if you decide to pick this book up that you’ll experience the hope of God in a deeper, fuller, bigger way and that will shine through every corner of your life and into the lives of others!
(Here’s a link to Amazon if you’re interested in getting your own copy of Let Hope In.)