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One Hope: Believing God When There's Every Reason to Give Upcomment (0)

April 19, 2012

By Martine Bates Sharp, Ed.D.

Michael Mason. Hartselle, Ala.: Michael Mason Ministries, 2011. 105 pp. (Paperback).

“One of the biggest surprises for me as a pastor is the number of hurting people in my congregation. We hide our hurts so well ... but most of us need our hope in Christ renewed,” author Michael Mason writes. This book is Mason’s gift to hurting people who “feel their circumstances are hopeless.”

And what a gift it is! “One Hope” takes the reader through the four days between the time of Lazarus’ death and the time he was raised from the dead, describing the impatience Mary and Martha felt when Jesus didn’t come right away, the anguish they experienced when their brother died and the joy that erupted when Jesus stunned the crowd by calling their brother out of the grave.

The narrative deftly ties the biblical story to the lives of modern-day readers, with illustrations that hit home, helping the reader see that the biblical account has strong implications for us today and that the only hope that really changes anything or anyone “has a name — Jesus.”

The book is written in an easy, conversational style laced with humor and personal stories. It doesn’t take long to read, but once read, will be remembered, re-read and shared with others who are in need of hope.

This is the second book for Mason, president of Michael Mason Ministries and pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Morgan Baptist Association.

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