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At one time or another, every one of us has expressed the hope that the outcome of a particular event would be favorable. Sometimes, the fulfillment of our hopes is entirely out of our control. In Hope of Glory: Filling Yourself with the Promises of God by Scott White, the author takes readers through the scriptures. He examines Bible personalities and personalities in the secular world who have shown unwavering virtues, particularly hope and how they emerged, either hopeful or hopeless.
In this book, Scott White shares a vibrant Bible message of hope according to Paul as contained in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV as follows, "Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." He rearranges these virtues and shines the brightest light on the last virtue - Hope. He believes this virtue requires more attention. As captured in parts one-three, the author invites readers to fill their lives with faith, fill their days with love, and fill their hearts with hope. The author further emphasizes that hope has the potential to propel Christians towards their goals; they can achieve this through the application of the promises of God. He further advises Christians to remove their hopes from ephemeral pleasures and place them on Jesus - The Hope of glory.
The author wrote this book in simple English language; anyone can read and understand it. It is presented from a first-person standpoint and has a friendly tone. Its layout is orderly. Each chapter opens with Biblical and philosophical quotations relevant to it. He was not preachy in his presentation; he merely shared his views and substantiated them with Bible quotations. His conclusions were reasonable. Expectedly, it contains many Bible quotations. Some chapters contain practical exercises; I attempted them and learned a lot from them. It also contains some footnotes. Readers will find this book relatable, just as I did.
I like the fact that White is well-suited to author this book, given his background as a teacher, a preacher, a Bible scholar, and a minister of God’s word. It appears to be well-researched; he draws insights from several sources to drive home his viewpoint. If he did not know the source of any information, he would state so. I liked the profound honesty he displayed in the narration of his personal experiences.
I like the illustration he made about God’s type of forgiveness; I agree with him. The author stated: “When it comes to forgiveness, we often use the first method - we forgive, but the memory is still there. God uses the delete key when He forgives. When it comes to forgiveness, forget the Liquid Paper or erase ribbons. Instead, move into the computer age and use that delete key so that where the error was will now be a blank space, ready to have something new and better added to the story.”
I enjoyed reading the Hope of Glory: Filling Yourself with the Promises of God. However, I think the book should be paginated. It appeared to be professionally edited; I found no errors in it. It contains no profanity or sexual content. For the above reasons, I give the book four out of four stars. I did not award it a lower rating because it is inspiring. I recommend it to everyone, particularly Christians, who are in despair.
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