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Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever Paperback – October 8, 2013
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About the Author
Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Pete desires to see churches become radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God’s family. Pete and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.
Top Customer Reviews
It's right in the title. Let Hope In. As Pete says, "Your past is not your past if it's still impacting your present." In this book, Pete shares some of the stories of people he's counseled over the years and to help us see how our past impacts us. He uses several Biblical stories to help us understand how God wants to heal us from our past and present hurts.
Pete gives us four choices that can change our lives if we let them.
Choice #1: Choosing to Transform Instead of Transfer
Choice #2: Choosing to Be Okay With Not Being Okay
Choice #3: Choosing to Trust Rather Than Please
Choice#4: Hurt People, Hurt People, But Free People Choose to Free People
I'm really not one to write in books, but I have a feeling that might change with this one. There's just so many good lines and passages in here. Some that I'd like to put up on a wall in a place where I'm sure to see it. Starting with just two words: "But God". Those two words and what he says about them have had a major impact on my prayer life. Then I got hit by this gem which I loved: "God is bigger than your history and more concerned with your destiny".Read more ›
Pete Wilson is the founding Pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served as the Senior Pastor for several years. Using the scripture and stories from his own life and others with whom he has interacted over the years, he shows both how we can feel like hope is gone and hoe we can let it back into our lives again. The four choices that will change your life, from the subtitle, are choosing to transform instead of transfer, choosing to be ok with not being ok, choosing to trust rather than please and choosing to free people rather than hurt them.
The subject of hope is very important, and one that we all wrestle with at times, even if not chronically. So, I commend the author for addressing an important topic. However, I did not find the book to have engaged me as much as I would have desired. I found it to be strong on illustrations but not as strong on scripture. While stories make the material more personal, it is only God's Word that can offer us true hope. Jesus is our hope. This book does tell us that, but only in ways that are underemphasized to me. Still, it is an important topic and if you need hope, you may find a few keys inside,
I received this book free from the publisher through the [...] book review program for bloggers.Read more ›
Full disclosure: I was blessed to be a part of the launch team for this book and received a free advance copy in return for an honest review.
For example, early in the book, he says this about shame: "Shame becomes an identity that drives us forward into self-abusive actions…. shame is not produced by past events. Shame is produced by what we believe about those events." This sets up the theme of these chapters: how what we do with the events of our past has a huge impact on our experiences in life. How do we think about difficulties and disappointments? How do we forgive when necessary? How do we let God transform us and our perception of these events and the larger story we're living?
"Throughout life," he says, "we will face one situation after another that will be completely beyond what we can handle." He goes on to quote Brennan Manning: "Anyone God uses significantly is almost always deeply wounded." Through all of this, the central issue, he argues, is not what we are doing - to fix ourselves, to heal, to prove our capacity in the world - but what God is doing. That's the interesting part of the story.
Perhaps the strongest chapter of the book is toward the end, where the author shares his love of gardening. He talks about how much effort he puts into his garden, and how this makes him think of a chapter in the Gospel of John, where Jesus describes his father as the gardener. The author doesn't say this directly, but what came to mind for me is that the life of faith is a lot like gardening: we know some of the things to do, and we learn more and more throughout our lives if we're willing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have been living with guilt and constant reminders of all the sins and bad choices you've made throughout your life this is the book for you! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Betty
Very inspiring and insightful. I gained a lot from reading it.Published 11 months ago by Sandra L Hice
Pete Wilson is so transparent in this book. It's easy to see how God used all of Pete's past failures to make him a good Pastor and listener.Published 11 months ago by RGhound
I love this book and will read it again plus share it with others.Published 13 months ago by Cathy Jeffries
One of the most thought provoking books I have read. I plan to buy everything he has written, and I am following his blog. Pete Wilson is warm and genuine. Buy this book!Published 15 months ago by Lemon
Excellent self awareness book, any one who has been broken at any level should read this book. Mari from Mich.Published 15 months ago by mari