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Hope Stories 2014

John Sentamu's Hope Stories It has been said that a person can live thirty days without food, five days without water, five minutes without air, but not one second without hope.

For a Christian, hope is much more than a vague longing about how the future might be. 

Hope is the certainty that comes out of an encounter with Jesus Christ and the daily infilling by the Holy Spirit.

When the Apostle Paul prays for the Church in Rome saying, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’, he is praying for more than just a sense of reassurance. He is praying that the followers of Jesus in Rome will be so enveloped by the friendship and the presence of God with them in the power of the Holy Spirit, that they will be able to face the future with joy and peace, knowing that they are secure in God.  As Jim Wallis of the Sojourners says, “Hope means believing in spite of the evidence and watching the evidence change”. (York Minster 13 July 2014)


About the book ‘John Sentamu’s Hope Stories’

The Archbishop has compiled his second book ‘John Sentamu’s Hope Stories’ published in September 2014. It features 20 personal stories of hope.

Through these stories, we hear how hope that comes from knowing God has been made real even through the most difficult of circumstances.  A hope which brings new life!

ISBN: 978-0-232-53109-1

Pub price: £8.99

Binding: Paperback

TPS: 198 x 126mm

Extent: 160pp


In this inspiring book – a companion to his bestselling Faith Stories (DLT, 2013) - Dr John Sentamu introduces the stories of 20 individuals who have gone through difficult times, including terminal illness or life-changing injuries, bereavement, suicide attempts, debt, rejection by their family, and addictions to drink and to drugs. They explain how their Christian faith – often only discovered or rediscovered in the very midst of their despair – has given them new hope and the strength to turn their lives around.  Watch their videos to find out more!