Bringing Hope to Life is about how to begin building the kingdom of God in our own lives and in the lives of those we touch. It is about reconciliation and hope and love, from A to Z. The author doesn’t use many words. An image here. A metaphor there. A quote from someone famous. A verse from Scripture. (For these she uses the contemporary American-idiomatic translation of the Bible from The Message by Presbyterian minister Eugene Peterson, which brings a new and exciting immediacy to the sometimes too-familiar Gospel passages.)
Her vignettes are meant to force us to think again about how we should and could be building the kingdom of God in our daily lives. She then always asks the same question at the end: "What would it take for you to actually do something to make it happen?"
As you read through these twenty-six reflections (enough for a month if you skip one day a week!), you will be inspired by the author’s simple message of personal challenge and her ability to inspire specific actions within the course of your daily routines. If you are so inclined, you are invited to jot down your thoughts, reactions, and intentions either in the book or in your own journal. You might even write your own stories of hope and share them with others.