Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Hope Quotient - I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to review a book by Ray Johnston - The Hope Quotient and I have to say, if you only read on book this year, definitely make it this one! While it is filled with "quotes" which stand out, which grabbed my attention, which I want to remember, the following is one which applies to children's ministry today like never before (and to every aspect of our lives as well) . . . "Do you know what's wrong with the church these days? Nobody believes miracles can happen anymore. We need to get back to the days where we actually think it's possible that miracles can happen. The church is going to be dead a lifeless until we start believing that impossible things are possible." (Glen Cole)

The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same
Author - Ray Johnston
Publisher - Thomas Nelson

Favorite Features -
  • Everything!
Okay, I'll list a few, but really, I love everything about this book!
  • Written with humor - this is not a dry, boring book! You will not want to put it down!
  • Shares seven factors which raise our hope quotient
  • Shares the power of the question; "What can this become?" and the Five benefits to asking this question. Ray says; "Everything changes when we ask the question, 'Am I able to see things not as they are right now, but in terms of what they can become?' 'I will make you become fishers of men,' Jesus said, and by following through on His word, He changed, is changing, and will change the world. Forever." This is hope! 
  • Gives four steps to discovering your Spiritual Gifts and says; "The best feeling in the world comes from using our gifts for God's purposes. The biggest thrill in the universe is to be used by God for something He wants to accomplish. God created you for service. He called you to service. He will reward you for service. When we use our gifts, we build joy and grace into our lives." I ABSOLUTELY agree with this!!!!
  • The chapter on, "Replace Burnout with Balance" is excellent . . . I especially LOVE question #7 - "Am I Putting First Things First?" If you get nothing else out of this book - don't worry, you absolutely WILL, this one question is essential for raising your Hope Quotient! Put first things first - don't forget what is truly important!!!!
  • Helps us understand how to unleash hope in our marriages, kids, careers, church, community and the world
  • I love - and am challenged by - the Five Characteristics of a Hope-Fueled Church!
I could go on and on about why I love The Hope Quotient, but I'd rather you sit down and read it for yourself and discover all these "whys" for yourself! Get The Hope Quotient today and start reading it . . . it will be one of the single-most best things you do for yourself, your family, your ministry and the people in your community!

Thomas Nelson says; "The Hope Quotient is a revolutionary new method for measuring - and dramatically increasing - your level of hope. Hope is more than a feeling: it's the by-product of seven key factors. When these are present in your life, they cause hope to thrive. Using seven years of research, powerful biblical illustrations, and compelling human-interest stories, Ray Johnston explains how these seven essential factors will support, sustain, and strengthen your hope. And when consciously built into your life, how they will unleash hope in your marriage, your kids, your career, your church, your community, and the world. Because when hope rises - everything changes."

We all need hope to live our day-in day-out lives with purpose and joy and this hope is available to us! The Hope Quotient will help you better understand how to find hope! I'm extremely happy to say not only was one copy of the Hope Quotient sent to me for review, but another is available for me to give away (USA only)! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in the drawing for this curriculum - which will be on September 5, 2014, please comment below to let me know how hope has changed your life . . . for me it brings me joy! Hope and assurance in God, Who He is, and His love for me, Hope in my family, ministry, and work . . . Hope does change everything!

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  1. My hope comes from Jesus love for me. It gives me a reason to live for Him and for others.

  2. Without hope there would be no reason to get up in the morning....I follow on fb and email.

  3. My hope is knowing that Jesus loves and redeemed me. He knows each hair on my head, my name is engraved on his hand, written in the Book of Life, He has a plan and purpose for my life.
    I follow by e mail and like you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
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