Hope is often what keeps us going. Hope in a brighter future, hope in the hereafter, hope in something. And for Christians hope is a powerful reminder that what we go through in this life, will someday be forgotten as we pass onto eternity with God. Unfortunately our hope is often tempered by our cynical attitudes, and the cynicism of the world around us.
In his book Mere Hope: Life in an Age of Cynicism (B&H Books, 2018), Jason G. Duesing addresses these 2 issues. He draws from the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and even mention Harry Potter to make his points, or from my perspective, try to make his points.
This is a short book, and I wish I could say that after reading it I felt inspired, or that I was better off for having read it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I finished the book without having a good a good idea of what the author was trying to say. For me something was missing, I never saw the spark.
Although the basic concept—Christians have hope in a world full of darkness and despair—is worth pursuing, it seems that the author’s aim was off and he missed his target.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.