Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 9, 2019

From Disappointment to Life-Changing Transformation

hope  In “Remarkable Hope”, Shauna Letellier tells the stories of eight people in the Bible whose lives seemed hopeless until an encounter with Jesus left them transformed.  Simeon, who waited a very long time for God’s promise of seeing Israel’s salvation, was surprised to find the Savior wrapped in the flesh of an infant. John the Baptist, whose birth was in itself a miracle from God, found himself imprisoned for his godly stance on Herod’s marriage and was confused that his freedom from prison was not in the way he expected.  The demon-possessed man, who was driven away to live in a cave, wanted to come with Jesus, but Jesus denied him telling him to go home to his family.  Sometimes Jesus tells us to go; other times He commands us to stay.  Then there is Jairus, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Peter, Mary the mother of Jesus and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

All of these people put their hope in Jesus and were initially disappointed because His answers or responses were not what they anticipated.  We, too, are often surprised by God’s plan for us. After all, Simeon, as most of Israel, expected a warrior to free the Israelites from Roman occupation; however, they received a Savior wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger who would not only save the Jews but the Gentiles as well.

We have dreams and plans, but often God fulfills them in ways that are a mystery to us but always leave us filled with awe.  Through her stories and anecdotes, Letellier will awaken in you the dreams God has placed in your heart. “Remarkable Hope” will inspire you to never give up on your dreams.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette Book Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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