Book Review: Daring to Hope

I received a free Advanced Reader’s Copy of “Daring to Hope” as part of the launch team and in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included below. I may make a commission from purchases through those links, but there are no further costs to you.

Title: Daring to Hope
Author: Katie Davis Majors
Publisher: Multnomah (released October 3, 2017)
Synopsis: “Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible—the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.”

When I started reading Daring to Hope, I didn’t know just how much God would make that word – hope – echo into my life. This book was like that initial shout, and “hope” bounced around in other areas of my life, like God was telling me to pay attention.

Hope was never an aggressive word in my vocabulary. I’ve always pictured it as the “fade in” of a movie or the slow morning light filtering in through flimsy curtains. I assumed Daring to Hope would be the same. It would woe me to open my heart, cajole me to let in the light, and encourage me to persevere, have faith, and hope.

Instead, Katie shared stories in this book that broke her heart and sent her to her knees. True stories of loss, sorrow, and exhaustion. Stories that made me cry, shake my head, and retreat. Stories that made Katie cry, shake her head, and almost retreat. Almost, because God wouldn’t let her go. And she dared hope.

I want to be brave enough to hold out the hope of the Gospel to a world that is hurting and alone and afraid. Not a hope rooted in the absence of pain or heartache or suffering. Not optimism that looks for the best-case scenario or happy ending. A true hope that rises from the full assurance that our Savior is on His way.

Daring to Hope will dare you to look at hope differently as it had dared me. Through the stories she shared in her book, Katie taught me that hope took guts. Hope was a risk. Hope was hard, daring, and dangerous. Hope was worth everything it would cost you.

Katie’s life is vastly different from mine, but the stories and lessons she shared in her book spoke into my life, inspired me, challenged me, encouraged me, and dared me to look at my own circumstances and still dare to hope in the God of all hope, who is Hope.

I recommend reading this book. Katie wrote with a brave honesty and vulnerability. Be pulled into Katie’s life in Uganda with her baker’s dozen children and their house and hearts opened to anybody who needs a place to stay and hope.

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