Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Thought for the day

I get lots of e-mails, many of them plugging new books. Yesterday I received one from Smyth & Helwys plugging a new book titled Hoping Liberia: Stories of Civil War from Africa’s First Republic. Eisenbrauns won't carry it; it isn't our kind of book. But, the opening paragraph caught my eye:

Where does hope begin? Strangely enough, hope begins with depravity. We do not hope unless we are without. If we have it, we don't hope for it, whatever "it" might be.

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Interesting place to begin, isn't it? I hadn't thought of it that way before, but it is true. If we know we have nothing, then we can begin to hope for something—in this case holiness.

You can read the first chapter here
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