how to find hope again

So what do you do after the hurricane hits?

It’s a worthy question to ask. Because grief rocks everyone’s world, eventually. None of us gets out unscathed. (We just prefer to presume we might.)

The question becomes: how do you find hope again, in life after loss?

One unexpected gift of the past year was the chance to tackle grief and loss head-on. When my editor at Little Rock Scripture Study asked if I’d want to write again, I jumped at the chance.

I wanted to stare Scripture straight in the face and ask how it could help me make sense of what happened to me—what happens to all of us.

In this new short study, I wanted to do three things. Cross-examine common sayings that Christians pull out when someone is struggling. Understand what Jesus’ own suffering means for us. Look for a way forward that is true (and anything but trite).

So here it is: Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart.

It’s for small groups or personal reflection. It aims to speak to common struggles: divorce, job loss, illness, grief, broken relationships, infertility—however our hopes have been crushed by what happened to us.

Prayer is a struggle to understand these days. But Scripture is the lifesaver that’s keeping me afloat. Stay close to the stories, I once heard. It’s still the truth.

My hope is that Dashed Hopes will shine new light on stories that might give others hope, too. It’s a short study, looking at three Scripture texts, but it gives new perspectives on familiar passages.

You can buy the book from Amazon or Liturgical Press (where you can get a discount on bulk copies). But I also want to give away a copy to one of you.

You all continue to be a source of comfort and encouragement when I need it most. You’ve helped me to build up my own hope again.

So if you’d like to win a copy of Dashed Hopes, simply leave a comment below. Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Wednesday, Sept. 27th. The winner will be announced below on Thursday, Sept. 28th.

(And if you end up using the book with a small group, please let me know – I’ve loved hearing from churches that are starting to use it!)

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42 thoughts on “how to find hope again

  1. I would love a copy. A short study of 3 stories is just right for my season, and with such busy lives, it’d make a great primer to get my women closer to the stories in order to live out theirs with a deep, abiding hope!

  2. Grace to you
    I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Eph 1:18

  3. I’d love a copy! Starting a new small study group. Perhaps this could be the next book we review together. Everyone has crosses to carry and we appreciate your help in giving us tools to try and work through them, especially as you work on making your own way through. Your strength, honesty and dedication to our beautiful faith is a true inspiration. Thank you for giving of yourself so freely!

  4. Over and over again you have provided hope and help to those who are suffering loss. If I get a book, I would incorporate it into my work with addicts and their grief. Thank you for your contributions that keep on coming!

  5. 28 weeks pregnant and my marriage is in crisis. Having a hard time finding hope each day; this book would be so appreciated right now! Thank you.

  6. Would like to read the book to better understand why hope is normally surrounded by faith and love – first three consecutive beads of the rosary – three Hail Mary’s for faith, HOPE and love…

  7. Thank you for sharing your suffering and how your faith has kept you afloat. I too, have been there many times when God’s love has been a life raft that I have clung to as the waves of grief and loss threatened to drown me. I would love a copy of this book to read then share!

  8. I’d love a copy of this. We lost baby #5 to miscarriage at 11 weeks in February. I am pregnant again (hooray!), and at the 20 week ultrasound they discovered our baby girl has a severe heart defect. The doctors told us the chances of her surviving until birth are slim, and even if she survives until then the first couple of weeks will be critical. I am devastated. I am hopeful. It’s hard to walk the line between praying for a miracle and believing one can happen and also preparing myself for the worst.

  9. Your writing is beautiful! You have the heart of a poet – God bless you for sharing your writing and your heart with us. And let’s keep on keeping Catholic!

  10. Would love to read and work through this Scripture study, as your writing is always so inspiring and grace-filled. Thank you for sharing your beautiful insights so that they may be a source of hope to others, and may God continue to guide and comfort you.

  11. Your book seems perfect for me as I’m facing seemingly endless difficult circumstances in my life. I can’t wait to read it.

  12. “Dashed hopes” are the exact words a friend shared with me after one of our miscarriages a few years ago. And since then I keep coming back to those words again and again. I think this is a much needed book!

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