Soaring Hope: Imagining Life As It Ought to Be   -     By: Lynn Thrush
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Soaring Hope: Imagining Life As It Ought to Be

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* Some believers think that our faith is irrelevant to our postmodern world and that all we can do is prepare for heaven. Thrush begs to differ! Inviting you to reflect on the good the gospel can accomplish, he calls you away from negativity and encourages you to hope in the God-given possibilities of the here-and-now. 192 pages, softcover from Destiny Image.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 129
Vendor: Destiny Image
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0768403103
ISBN-13: 9780768403107

Publisher's Description

See the world with hopeful eyes!

Reading the Bible with an open imagination allows you to see the world as God intends.
In much of the world the good news of God has been reduced to a personal, private, psychological interaction with God that gets one ready to go to Heaven. This version of the gospel does not envision God’s Kingdom coming on earth and His will being done here as it is in Heaven—thus hope for what might be is aborted. 
If you believe that Christian faith is largely irrelevant to world events and that Christians have little to offer history, Soaring Hope is a thrilling, clarion call to reality—the reality of life more wonderful than you have ever imagined!
When assumptions of what cannot be done on earth are removed, and the Scriptures are allowed to speak their great hope that God is reconciling all things to Himself, then faith arises. Jesus said, "According to your faith may it be to you" (Matt. 9:29). As faith rises, the closer you move toward God.
With Soaring Hope, you can snuggle right up into the arms of your heavenly Father—today!

Author Bio

Lynn Thrush has served as senior pastor in two congregations for 34 years—21 years in Southern California, where he continues to pastor. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 37 years. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. 

Editorial Reviews

The task of this book, as described by author Lynn Thrush, is to unpack biblical pictures of hope. Indeed, it’s a soaring call to imagine life as it ought to be, empty of the fatalism and negativity that is so pervasive in the Church today. It’s an invitation to re-imagine the good that the Gospel can accomplish in our lives and the lives of those around us. It’s a message of optimism and hope from the heart of God to a world and a Church so desperately in need of good news today.

Perry L. Engle, Bishop
Pacific and Midwest Conferences of the Brethren in Christ Church

Christians will never change the world, Lynn Thrush contends, apart from hope and imagination. But hope and imagination suffer when private morality trumps the common good and when the life to come obscures the life we live today. In this powerful, practical, and intensely constructive book, Thrush guides us into a deeper, richer, and more faithful understanding of the biblical text—an understanding that can liberate Christians for the world-transforming work that God has called us to undertake.
Richard T. Hughes directs the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College and is author of Christian America and the Kingdom of God (Illinois 2009).

Thrush has a ’deeply hopeful’ understanding of God’s will for the world as revealed in the Bible. Too often people—including Christians—become locked into a hopeless view of life and the future, sometimes appealing to the Bible in rationalizing their hopelessness. On the contrary, Thrush finds story after story in the Bible that gives people reason to hope here-and-now for the improvement of their lives and world as well as hope for eternal life.
Don Thorsen, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, and Chair of Graduate Department of Theology and Ethics, Azusa Pacific University

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    Hope, Imaginatin,& Transforming Optimism
    October 24, 2012
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    A Message of Hope, Imagination, and Transforming Optimism

    Endorsed by church leaders, seminarians, and Christian educators "Soaring Hope" brings a positive message of hope and transforming optimism to Christians everywhere.

    Lynn Thrush, pastor and Bible teacher, draws from the teachings of Jesus in His prayer for God's will for the "world" from "The Lord's Prayer," found in chapter six of the gospel of Matthew. Thrush challenges the reader to replace fatalism and negativity with an irrepressible message of hope and an eager anticipation of seeing the world as God intended us to. Thrush paints Biblical pictures of hope, restoration, and an eager anticipation of revealing the good news Jesus delivered in Mark's gospel.

    In the chapter entitled "The Rule of God" Thrush discusses the" tragedy of the squelched imagination." He attributes this in part to the misunderstanding of the Greek meaning in many New Testament texts regarding the good news of the kingdom common to many doomsday and dispensational teachers. He calls the reader to demonstrate their faith and to make a difference resulting in changed lives.

    Rich in Biblical examples, Thrush challenges the reader to possess the land, to take steps to contradict hopelessness, and to imagine life as it ought to be. Thrushes' writing is articulate, relevant, and offers an opportunity to explore a new approach to Biblical application and interpretation in light of reality.

    "Soaring Hope: Imagining Life As It Ought to Be" presents a positive message of hope, imagination, and transforming optimism.

    A copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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