Let Hope In by Pete Wilson

In the opening pages of this book, Pete Wilson makes this statement: “Your past is not your past if it’s still impacting your present.”  As a pastor, he has come to believe that everyone needs healing from something, and when that healing doesn’t come, it impacts not only our present but our future.  Looking first at the biblical example of Joseph, he starts us on a journey to transform who and where we’ve been into who and where God desires us to be.

This is a practical book that shows us the decisions we can make that will allow God to work in any broken areas of our lives. I love Wilson’s straightforward, conversational style as he deals with difficult topics and their remedies. He’s easy to read and hard to argue with as he lays out four choices that let hope replace the hopelessness we often feel from our past.

The book is sectioned into four choices we can make to let hope in:

Choosing to transform rather than transfer: leaving shame behind.

Choosing to be okay with not being okay: confessing or confiding in someone about the things that make us not okay, asking God and others for help.

Choosing to trust rather than to please: the difference between pleasing God with our “good” behavior and trusting Him with our lives.

Choosing to Free People rather than Hurt them: forgiveness, overcoming fear and cultivating gratitude.

This book is refreshingly free of the self-help, self-love mantra that permeates far too many Christian books today.  It uses the Word of God to springboard the encouragement and lessons that transform, rather than pull out a lot of verses to try to support his points.  He does an especially good job of avoiding the trap many Christian authors fall into of simply relying on telling us what things to stop doing and replacing them with lots of Christian activity.  Instead he speaks to the heart issue and firmly points us to the Lord as the one who helps us overcome.  A great book for both men and women, I’d read this book again in a minute to savor some of the truths that he gently but unrelentingly brings out to help us let hope in.

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