- Series: Living Well (Augsburg)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers; English Language edition (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806657642
- ISBN-13: 978-0806657646
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times (Living Well) (Living Well (Augsburg)) Paperback – March 1, 2009
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It is a rare book that can make you appreciate your life more and this is one of them. Julie E. Neraas is in a continual struggle with CFIDS and yet she still has hope. While she has not found a cure for her illness she has found ways to make peace with her difficult situation.
"Apprenticed to Hope" is as much about Julie E. Neraas' struggle as it is about hope. As she reveals her own dark night of the soul she somehow gives comfort to the reader.
In some way Julie E. Neraas is like a kind friend who takes your hand and leads you on a journey of discovery. This book explores all the many facets of hope and how they appear in real life. Some of the chapters include:
The Nature of Hope
Hope as a Choice
Threats to Hope
Hope Seeks the Bigger Picture
How Hope Returns
Hope and History
Hope as Partnership between Human and Divine
Hope's Origins in Mystery
I could especially relate to her stories of how the imagination can take over when you find yourself in a difficult situation. I also enjoyed reading many of the heart-warming stories in this book. Instead of just discussing hope in an intellectual way, Julie E. Nerass also brings a new understanding to how hope functions in real-life situations.
I'd recommend this to anyone who suffers with pain, depression or any chronic illness. This book would also be perfect for anyone who feels jaded, it is a good reality check and will give you a greater appreciation for life. I think anyone can benefit from reading this book because we all need an understanding of hope.
~The Rebecca Review
P.S. Please see the comments section for a link to an apparent cure for CFIDS
Neraas' book opened my mind to a new way of understanding the human spirit and provides language, metaphors and frameworks for understanding what "Hope" is and how it can be accessed. While I was skeptical at first, I was pleased that the book works for people of any religious background, as well as for those with no affiliation at all. It is appropriate to send to friends who are merely down, or to those who face a life threatening illness.
While Neraas says one can read the book by skipping around to chapters of most interest, I did not find this an effective way to approach the book. I'd recommend reading it through - but going more quickly through chapters that are of less interest.