The Seasons of Hope

Empowering Faith Through the Practice of Hope

By Ray S. Anderson

The Seasons of Hope

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  • ISBN: 9781556358142
  • Pages: 164
  • Publication Date: 2/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
Web Price: $16.80

The Seasons of Hope

Empowering Faith Through the Practice of Hope

By Ray S. Anderson

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  • ISBN: 9781556358142
  • Pages: 164
  • Publication Date: 2/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80

About-

Life contains a rhythm when we see it from beginning to end. Our personal existence is not a series of individual episodes taking place as 'points in time.' Rather, life itself bears us along in a common pilgrimage. At any given time, we are part of a community where birth and death, joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, as well as sowing and harvesting are taking place. This communal sharing of life replicates all the 'seasons of life.' For each time in our lives there is a corresponding season in the life of the human family. We empower faith by practicing hope every day of our lives.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In this book, Ray Anderson reinvigorates hope with its dynamic relationship to faith, and in turn puts meat on the bones of faith as 'the assurance of things hoped for.' Drawing on his personal experience of being raised with the seasons of life on the farm, Anderson explores the grace of God in the midst of a life lived in the rhythm of spring, summer, fall, and winter, and finds God in the midst of such experiences as 'preparing,' 'weeding,' 'waiting,' and 'visualizing.' Here is Anderson at his best and wisest: connecting the grace of God to real lives that experience the newness of spring, the promise of summer, the harvest of fall, and the vision of winter. Hope lives!"
Christian D. Kettler
Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Friends University, Wichita, KS

"For decades Ray Anderson has been one of the most imaginative and engaging theological writers, and he does not disappoint in The Seasons of Hope as he unpacks the virtue of hope through his own story of life on a South Dakota farm. Through rich metaphor and imaginative prose Anderson provides another significant thesis that is welcoming to both academic and lay theologians. This book portrays a beautiful theological vista through the eyes of a theologian who has been brave enough to plant himself in the soil of human existence, and seek God through the seasons and rhythms of life."
Andrew Root
Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN


"Ray Anderson's grasp of the human psyche is as lucid as his theological expertise. With characteristic insight and imagination Anderson demonstrates the inseparability of our souls from the soil. In addressing such themes as the mystery of faith, the virtue of patience, the distinction between longing and desire, the importance of timing as we participate in God's work, the tragic dimension of hope, and the power of visualization, Anderson draws from his early years of working on the land--through spring, summer, fall, and winter--in order to illuminate our understanding of the hope that summons faith into action. Read this book . . . but read it slowly. Savor it so that the harvest of hope may, by the grace of God, work its presence and power in your life, as it assuredly has in Anderson's own life."
Graham Buxton
Director of Postgraduate Studies in Ministry and Theology, Tabor College, Adelaide, South Australia

Contributors-

Ray S. Anderson

Bio(s)-

Ray Anderson, (1925-2009) was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and served on the faculty of the School of Theology since 1976. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament, The Soul of Ministry, Self Care, Living the Spiritually Balanced Life, and Dancing with Wolves While Feeding the Sheep: The Musings of a Maverick Theologian.

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