Out of the Darkroom

hope“Fear is the darkroom where negatives develop.”

A BOOK REVIEW
If you are looking for direction, new possibilities, and a brighter future and you like easy-to-read self help books in the writing style of a John Maxwell with impressive Biblical narratives, then The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston may be your next great read.

Ray challenges each reader to test their own “hope quotient,” figure out where they may be lacking, and grab hold of faith in simple, easy to follow steps. The reader is challenged to step out of fear and into faith. “I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” (Phil. 3:13 MSG)

The Hope Quotient provides us with seven factors that will help us raise our expectations and value the benefits of hope. We are reminded that discouragement demotivates and that things like “recharging our battery” may be what is needed most. We need to figure out what drains us and what fuels us so that we can make the decision to take back our lives. Our schedules, certain people, and even guilt can rob us of the abundant life promised us.

The central theme of the book could be wrapped up by one of its greatest quotes: “Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.” And it’s not hard to achieve a better tomorrow. Something as simple as a 10 percent improvement can provide hope and remind us that anything is possible. The book ends with chapters on finding hope in our marriages, and with our children, career, church, community and the world. Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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