Hope Rising is a clarion call to apply the science of hope in daily life and overcome the trauma, adversity, and struggles everyone must face. Hope is the most predictive indicator of well-being in a person’s life in all the research done on trauma, illness, and resiliency. Based on nearly 2,000 published studies about hope, including their own research, Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman call for rising hope to be the focus not only in personal lives, but in public policy in education, business, social services, and every other part of society. Hope is measurable. Hope is malleable. Hope changes lives. Hope Rising provides a roadmap to measure hope in your life, assess what may have robbed you of the power of hope, and then provides strategies to increase hope. It challenges every reader to be transparent and honest about their own stories of struggle and adversity, calls for the end of shame and blame in addressing the struggles of those who have experienced trauma, illness, or abuse, and provides practical ways to increase your Hope score and thrive because of it.
Kim Meeder has seen horses go where no one else can tread - stepping through the minefield of a broken child's soul in a dance of trust that only God can understand. From a mistreated horse to an emotionally starved child and back again, a torrent of love washes away their barren places. Kim's ranch is a place where this miracle happens over and over again. It is a place where the impossible flourishes, where dreams survive the inferno of reality - a place where hope rises. Where Wounded Spirits Run Free Follow a horse where no one else can tread, through the minefield of pain that surrounds a broken child’s soul. From a mistreated horse to an emotionally starved child and back again, a torrent of love revives their barren places. In the presence of unconditional love, a mute girl speaks for the first time. A defiant teenager teaches a horse to trust again...and opens his own heart to love. A rescued horse gives a dying man his last wish. A battered girl finds love and protection in the friendship of a battered horse... Come visit a place where the impossible flourishes, where dreams survive the inferno of reality—a place where hope rises. From the Trade Paperback edition.
How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation
Author: Scott Todd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Extreme poverty does not have to exist. When Christians accept that fact and start living accordingly, we will find the solution is already within our reach. Worldwide, 18,000 children die from preventable causes every day. If that statistic leaves you feeling powerless, you are not alone—but you are wrong. If a false sense of powerlessness has lulled you into apathy, it’s time to shake off the grogginess of low expectations and get to work. We can make this world a place where kids do not die from easily preventable diseases. In Hope Rising, Scott Todd of Compassion International pens a galvanizing, comprehensive vision of the movement that will eradicate extreme global poverty through transformative Christian generosity—and do it within our lifetime. Todd provides riveting evidence to show that we are much closer to that goal than you might think. According to Todd, we live in an historic moment, and chances are you are already part of it. The gospel is already reshaping lives from thoughtless consumption to informed concern. Twenty-first-century Christians are generating multi-continent grassroots movements through communications and travel. Public and private sectors are working together. It’s a whole new era of philanthropy, compassion, and justice aimed at eradicating the pandemic of extreme global poverty. This is a future we have the God-given power to create. This is the history we hope to write. As Todd envisions, “The twenty-first-century Christians embraced the entirety of their gospel—the truths it proclaims and the muscles it demands—with a new integrity. They did not deteriorate into humanist liberalism, as some had feared. Nor did they pile works on top of Grace...They simply determined that their world did not need to have children dying of preventable causes such as dirty water.”
FROM A GREAT WAR, SPRINGS A GREAT LOVE In France at the height of World War I, American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child. Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn. Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably. Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.
Bernard Scruggs and his family have worked as sharecroppers in Louisiana longer than they wish to remember. The 1910s bring with them a challenge of change, a dare which Bernard is afraid to take. But there is a new hope rising; he sees it in the eyes of his children, he recognizes it in their dreams. Bernard knows all about these dreams and so does his wife Alice. Can such dreams come true? How many times have they heard the words, "Live in hope, die in despair." His son Bubba says the south, "be a death place" and Bernard knows it's true. But, how can he take his family to the cold, cold north. It would be like stepping off of a cliff with no one to catch you.
Hope Rising is a clarion call to apply the science of hope in daily life and overcome the trauma, adversity, and struggles everyone must face. Hope is the most predictive indicator of well-being in a person's life in all the research done on trauma, illness, and resiliency. Based on nearly 2,000 published studies about hope, including their own research, Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman call for rising hope to be the focus not only in personal lives, but in public policy in education, business, social services, and every other part of society. Hope is measurable. Hope is malleable. Hope changes lives. Hope Rising provides a roadmap to measure hope in your life, assess what may have robbed you of the power of hope, and then provides strategies to increase hope. It challenges every reader to be transparent and honest about their own stories of struggle and adversity, calls for the end of shame and blame in addressing the struggles of those who have experienced trauma, illness, or abuse, and provides practical ways to increase your Hope score and thrive because of it.
She couldn't think of a time when she wasn't in the system. There had to be some time. People aren't just born and put into a treatment center, right? Sometime in her past, there had to be a point where she was a normal kid, living with some semblance of a normal family, in something resembling a normal house. Hope Bruin isn't the average fourteen-year-old. She's been in foster care all her life, bouncing from home to home, family to family. This means her unanswered questions about herself and her past are infinite. And her questions are only multiplying. With her strange dreams about poisonous green eyes, bony hands veiled by cloaks, and a majestic bear, Hope's attention is often pulled away to a secret world. Just when things start to fall into place for Hope for the first time, her mysterious dreams start to become reality, and she is visited by creatures and spirits who are anything but human. Hope finds out that she is supernaturally connected to one of the beings from her dream, and now she has to become one with a creature she knows little about. What secrets do Hope's strange dreams hold? Would she actually want to know? Will she ever be normal? In Hope Rising, readers will go on a fantastic journey with a very different kind of girl who learns that even the most seemingly unloved people can have larger-than-life destinies.
Hope Rising captures the riveting story of a business woman desperately trying to save her teenage daughter from the minefield of youth. On the brink of depression, high-school freshman Ellie toys with dangerous behaviors, inadvertently stirring up memories from her mother's past. Mom Anastasia finds a way to tell Ellie her own painful story - from seriously troubled teen to astoundingly successful professional - in an effort to pull her daughter out of the darkness. Hope Rising explores the raw emotion and honest reality of life for an "at-risk" teen, while offering inspirational hope that transcendence is possible; that we can discover peace amidst pain and joy after tragedy.
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
This is where Meg steps in, seeking to inspire, encourage and challenge a whole generation of teenage girls through her daily devotional, Hope Rising 365. Filled with personal stories, poetry, inspirational thoughts and short Bible reflections, these daily entries follow the academic year.
Things in life happen for a reason; many times we do not know why. Unseen forces influence actions, and what is seen is not always the truth; however, sometimes what we see is unbelievably true. It strains our understanding to the limits and tests our beliefs. Will adversity make us stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually? Or will it break us? Set in Skagit County, Washington, and surrounding area, Hope Rising is the story of a private detective who, along with a retired special ops qualified naval intelligence officer, an artist, and a couple of hackers, is drawn into an investigation involving murder, suicide, lust, corruption, angels, demons, and the power of faith. Behind the scenes, angels and demons vie for souls on the battlefield of free will, unseen by most humans. Will faith be a strong enough weapon against the treachery and machinations of demons? Will corrupt, power-hungry, and greedy people be allowed to continue their urges and ambitions unabated? Or will truth prevail and evil be brought into the light? Open the front cover of this book and read to find out.