The Seasons of Hope
Empowering Faith Through the Practice of Hope
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"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."
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."
Director of Postgraduate Studies in Ministry and Theology, Tabor College, Adelaide, South Australia