Surprised by Hope
Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, top-selling author and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not “go to” heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth--a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. Following N.T. Wright’s resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today.
Praise For Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church…
— Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis
His conclusions are both simple and world-shaking
— Library Journal
This book will be widely read because it stirs together Scripture, tradition, art and world affairs with pleasing metaphors and public courage.
— The Dallas Morning News
“Wright’s unwavering faith in the resurrection is quite evident as he defends the Easter narratives on historical and theological grounds.”
— America Magazine
“N.T. Wright can write. . . when it comes to questions of Christ’s resurrection and what that means, no one is more persuasive. Wright’s new book, Surprised by Hope, builds on C.S. Lewis’ succinct defense of the faith and takes it to a new level.”
— World Magazine
“In calling Christians to an epistemology of love and a re-emphasis of the Easter season, Wright knocked it out of the park.”
— Beliefnet (A "Top Religious Book of the Year")
A crystal-clear, powerful course-correction for all of us--Christian or otherwise. If you want to know what Easter is about, get yourself a copy of Surprised by Hope and hunker down for the read of a lifetime....literally.
— Phyllis Tickle, Beliefnet.com
HarperOne, 9780061551826, 352pp.
Publication Date: February 5, 2008
About the Author
N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews as well as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of many books, including Paul: A Biography, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, and Scripture and the Authority of God.