The task of this book, as described by author Lynn Thrush, is to unpack biblical pictures of hope. Indeed, its 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. Its an invitation to re-imagine the good that the Gospel can accomplish in our lives and the lives of those around us. Its 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 textan 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 Gods will for the world as revealed in the Bible. Too often peopleincluding Christiansbecome 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