There is an opinion that the bad side must be true, that people always have an ulterior motive. We are suspicious of people who help others for no apparent reason. Jason G. Duesing writes that we need to refocus on hope, hope that comes from Jesus.
In Mere Hope, the word mere is used in the sense of core or essential, not the minimum required. Hope is an important part of following God, as we don’t know everything. However, hope is being traded in for self reliance. To combat this Duesing gives 4 places to look to have your hope strengthened: the foundation, the source, the growth, and the focus.
The writing style is easy to read and and can be read by most ages. The book would be a good addition for any Christian, as we are all going to face times where our hope is attacked. We can trust in the fact that our story, through Christ, will end in joy.
Before reading this book, I thought I had a good understanding of what hoping meant, but by the second chapter, I realized that cynicism was more deeply rooted in my life than I thought. Though I won’t claim to have a total grasp on hope now, Mere Hope has helped me see areas in my life that need work.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.