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"I'm excited about this devotional being released to the church. With the Spirit's help, John gives us content that is theologically sound, engaging, applicable, and edifying. I am thankful God has called him to labor over the text for the benefit of the church." Phillip Holmes Cofounder, Reformed African American Network (RAAN) Jackson, Mississippi
"John is an anointed man of God who is current and cutting edge with a kingdom message. I truly believe God has empowered John for this season to transform a generation with words of wisdom from God and to empower the world for a radical experience for Jesus Christ. It has been an honor to know and experience a true servant of God with the heart of Christ." Dr. Benjamin Stephens III, DMin International Youth President,Church of God in Christ Grandview, Missouri
"John is a wonderfully astute thinker and writer; however, more than what he does is who he is--a faithful man full of the love of Christ. This reality lies behind every thought and word." Josh Raskin Pastor of Student Ministries, First Baptist Church Amherst, Massachusetts
"John, in his quest to deliver practical understanding of the Word of God, excavates the text for gems that others are afraid to discover." Brianna Parker Assimilation Director, Friendship West Baptist Church Dallas, Texas
"Starting with the Creation in Genesis, John eloquently directs our focus toward Jesus Christ, the Creator, who is exalted in the culmination of Revelation. This thirty-day devotional won't keep you from the storms, but it will serve as a guide to give you rest through them!" Brian Dye Mentorship Director, Grip Outreach For Youth Chicago, Illinois
About the Author
John C. Richards, Jr. is an award-winning blogger, author, attorney, and ministry leader dedicated to reaching his generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has committed himself to faithfully living at the intersection of culture and faith, wholly committed to bring God glory in all he does. He blogs at johnrichardsjr.com.
Tenacity of Hope is a wonderful breath of fresh air for those of us who need a reminder to hope. To be reminded of the promises of God from a man who is so open and shares his heart is truly a blessing. I haven't read it all yet, but I have been brought to tears on more than one occasion due to the depth of spiritual healing that this book has brought. Thank you Brother John for your words, and for allowing God to speak through you.
I found this book to be spiritually inspiring and healing for the soul. He expressed feelings that I had no words for to even pray to God about! But God used him to express them perfectly. My soul received healing and cleansing. My spirit was lifted and my hope was renewed like fresh water. I found this book to be a devotional jewel for rejuvenating one's mind, soul and spirit.
I like this book because it discusses the reality that we will encounter hardships and SHINES light on the fact that CHRIST is always there to light our way and help us through. I would recommend this book for everyone because we all need encouragement at times in our life. This is what I found in The Tenacity of Hope.
The images painted in this book are refreshing for the soul who is weary and heavy laden. John brings such joy and insight into the life of Jesus, not simply as an example to follow but as a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Thank you John for your faithfulness to the body of Jesus Christ.
Any Christian (and even none Christians) must read this emotionally charged and spiritually enriching testament of faith and love and everything in between. Like an expert shepherd, reverend Richards brings the flock home to feast on the good Word in The Tenacity of Hope. A must read!
Mr. Richards' "The Tenacity of Hope" is a beautiful collection of reflections accounting many of his life experiences. "The Tenacity of Hope" is a unique tapestry of devotionals sharing some of the toughest moments in life many of us have or will face. One of the many highlights of this literary work is being able to experience the true Gospel interwoven through each of the devotionals in the book. By the end of each story in this book, you will find hope and encouragement that will translate through many areas of your life backed by the Word of God. This is definitely an outpouring of Mr. Richards' heart. I'm so glad God he was obedient to the call of God on his life in sharing this divinely inspired piece of work.
This book literally offers hope to the broken. John gives us pieces of this life through his lens, and then gives us biblically sound truth to support how to navigate through those experiences. He also takes biblical figures and shows us how a mess can become a message to the people of God. My favorite day is Day 2, Hoverer! "But there was a Hoverer present. The Spirit of God was waiting to hear those words from the father, "Go ahead. Dig in." And did He ever! He breathed on me. I was like the earth-a life devoid of the presence of God!" If you haven't read this book, please get it now!