Politically we are at a time when despair seems like the default setting, and people, particularly on the left, are habituated to looking for the worst-case scenarios, the gloomy prophesy, the reasons to be cheerless. What we struggle to imagine - or fail to try to imagine - is the route out of this deadlocked position. But there are many, and our best vision of the future can come from the collaborative, creative, improvisational ways of achieving progress that have already been tried and have sometimes succeeded. This book encourages us to look away from the brightly lit stage and the tragedy being acted on it, and to see into the shadows, to an alternate understanding of how power plays out. It is an incitement to activism, a manifesto for realising how we can achieve change - it is filled with hope.
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“I want to believe, I want to have hope, but…” Pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it’s the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not? In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” In the man’s sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man’s battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today. As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: “Where was God when I was being abused?” “Why was my child born with a disability?” “Why did the cancer come back?” “Why are all my friends married and I’m alone?” He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief. In the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good. Rediscover a faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even now.
Throwing out the crippling assumptions with which many activists proceed, award-winning author Solnit proposes a new vision of how change happens.
Rutendo stumbled from the elevator to his apartment door, fumbling for his keys. So tired. If his school debt weren't so bad, he'd find a different job. A different apartment. A different life.Too bad he had no hope of change.Except an exhausted injury opened a door that Rutendo didn't exist, right across the hallway. With Yannick's help, change might just be possible after all.Hope in the Dark includes mental illness, a stalking coworker, lots of great food and coping when everything seems impossible.
Hope is a thing we have to search for. It's like clumps of gold in the dust of our ashes. So many people lost hope due to unforeseen circumstances that hit their lives like a hammer. The valley of lost hope is a dreadful place, but thanks be to God that we don't have to stay there! We go THROUGH the valley of tears, which means that we also come OUT of it again.This book is for people who want to know how to find hope again. For the broken, and the ashamed. The rejected people, the people who feel hopeless. And the ones in between. 'This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil'... Hebrews 6:19 NKJV
Increasing theoretical attention has recently been given to the importance of material experience to the emergence of hope. Drawing on geographies of hope and the monstrous, I explore the convergence of the hope for a better world with sites of past violence within volunteer tourism placements in Cambodia. Volunteer tourism, for which Cambodia is a popular destination, allows people to volunteer for short periods of time with development or conservation organizations. Volunteer tourists on medical and community development placements attest to a hopeful belief in contributing to the eradication of poverty through improving education and medical care. However, their hope for a better future is rarely considered in the context of the monstrous sites of remembered violence and deprivation that mark the history of the impoverished places where they volunteer. Using interviews with returned volunteer tourists and auto-ethnographic reflections on participant observation in Cambodia, I consider volunteers' visits to memorials for Khmer Rouge atrocities and communities of poverty as sites in which to observe the becoming of hope in a better future. This article gestures towards the capacity of post-phenomenological geographies of experience within specific sites to enable a greater appreciation of how this kind of hope comes to matter. The materiality of hope can then be construed as a contestation with the monstrous; between future connection and past violence.
It's really not even Poetry to me; it's me speaking to you from the depths of my tortured soul. It's me spitting out the venom this world fills me with, and which most people are too afraid to spit back for fear of repercussion, and so I am your voice. I will speak for you. Through my words, you can release your inner most demons and face the anger and fear you hide inside. These words of mine are a way for me to express the anger, trials and tribulations I've been through in a constructive manner, though dark as they be. And, if I feel such dismay, disgust, such disdain as I do, then I know others must as well. Enjoy