By Shauna Letellier (FaithWords)
Remarkable Hope by Shauna Letellier offers an insightful look at eight Bible characters whose hope in the reality of Jesus Christ was momentarily dashed, only to be revived by the certainty that he is, indeed, the true Messiah.
With literary skill and obvious research, Letellier pulls back the curtains to reveal each story from an unexpected viewpoint. From there, she transitions to the present and applies the experiences of the featured character to today’s readership.
Letellier invites us to join imprisoned John the Baptist, who hopes Jesus will save him from Herod’s wrath. We are with the demon-possessed man from the Gerasenes living in the land of the dead. We wobble with Peter on the water, reaching for Jesus. Secretly, we know we might have been one of the disciples on the road to Emmaus who didn’t recognize Jesus, even as he conversed with them.
Through the stories in this collection, readers will see how hope deferred does make the heart sick. But through Jesus, Remarkable Hope is restored and lives forever.
Alice Stone Thomas