Finding Hope

Finding Hope

Cultivating God's Gift of a Hopeful Spirit

By Marcia Ford; Andrea Jaeger (Foreword by)

Skylight Paths Publishing, Paperback, 9781594732119, 151pp.

Publication Date: November 2006


Discover the freedom and joy that come when you open your heart to Hope

This practical guide gives you the inspiration, encouragement and practices you need to cultivate a hopeful spirit and thus live a more fulfilling and joyful life. Writing from personal experience and her broad knowledge of many faith traditions, Marcia Ford helps you recognize or develop your own personal images of hope and create a place where you can go to see the many evidences of hope in your life any time despair seeps in. She provides important learning tools that you can apply to everyday life experiences, inspiring personal stories of hope from the famous and not-so-famous and realistic exercises for creating the overall balance and peace you look to achieve in living your life connected to God. Drawing from Christian and Hebrew scripture and the wisdom of spiritual teachers from all traditions, Ford helps you realize that we all can receive a gift of hope and grace from the Divine we just need to be open to accept it.

Topics include: Dealing with DisappointmentIt's Not Wishful ThinkingImpossible SituationsRecovering from LossHope amid SufferingOvercoming HopelessnessReal and Imagined ThreatsThe Heart of HealingCultivating a Hopeful SpiritFreedom's Fascinating PowerAnd more

About the Author
Marcia Ford is a former editor of Christian Retailing magazine, an columnist and frequent contributor to Publishers Weekly. The author of eighteen books, including The Sacred Art of Forgiveness: Forgiving Ourselves and Others through God's Grace (SkyLight Paths); Memoir of a Misfit and Traditions of the Ancients, she was the religion editor of The Asbury Park Press for ten years. She is also a former editor with Charisma and Ministries Today magazines and the website. Her other books include Meditations for Misfits; 101 Most Powerful Promises of the Bible and Restless Pilgrim: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan (with Scott Marshall).

Andrea Jaeger is a former #2 ranked female tennis player turned philanthropist. An active Christian (nondenominational), she founded The Silver Foundation for children with cancer in Aspen, Colorado, which she has run for more than a decade.