Surrendering to Hope


UPDATE: WINNER of the free copy of Surrendering to Hope is John Acuff from Tennessee! I’ll get a copy of the book out to you asap. I hope you enjoy it!

This week I’m going to give away a copy of the new book Surrendering to Hope. Read to the end of this post to find out how to enter.

I wrote a chapter in the new book Surrendering to Hope, but you should buy a copy anyway. It is filled with a dozen stories of exceptional people who have faced some of the most difficult struggles of life and found hope in Christ beyond their pain. It would be a great read for someone who is hurting, for a small group or Bible class, or to keep on hand when someone you know is struggling.  I’m indebted to John Mark Hicks, Christine Fox Parker, and Bobby Valentine for inviting me into the project. Several of the authors spoke recently at Pepperdine University and you can check HERE to find out how to access some of those talks. OK, commercial is over!

Ten Years

As I write this it is May 6th. At our church it was Graduation Sunday. I rejoice without reservation for our Christian graduates and the joy of beginning a new season of life.

I’ve only been to one graduation in the past ten years, and that was when my granddaughter received her diploma. So proud of her.

Still, graduation time always reminds me that my son John Robert did not wear his cap and gown and walk the stage. He died two days before he was to graduate. And on the 21st of May, this year, we remember that it has now been ten years since his life ended. 

Over the next few weeks I hope to share some reflections about a decade into the grief journey. I don’t promise that these reflections will be unique nor life-changing, just real. No effort is being made to be maudlin nor to garner sympathy, it’s just that when we share our experiences it helps others who are going through the same thing. And it helps me to share too. 


So, yeah, I’m giving away a copy of Surrendering to Hope. How do you enter? It’s so easy. I’m just asking two things of you. First, would you share the link to this post somewhere in social media? I don’t even care where and I’m not going to check. If you’ll lie about that, you have other issues I can’t help you with! Second, leave a comment below (I’ll select a winner from the comments). As comment fodder why not tell us what state you’re posting from? That’s just a suggestion. The book is not available in Kindle format yet, so I can only send you a paperback. If you win I’ll contact you about your mailing information.

Thanks for reading … and for reading Surrendering to Hope. Put it on your Goodreads “want to read” list today!






  1. I’m from Arkansas. If I win, I’m giving this to my dad because I couldn’t help myself and already bought a copy 🙂

  2. I’m from Tennessee. It’s never easy to find words to comfort people. I’ve watched my sister bury 3 babies, one brother bury 5 children along with his wife, another bury his only son, 17 years old. You would think through that you would learn something helpful to comfort others. The only thing I’ve learned is whether it’s your entire household or one to the person that’s suffering the pain is the same. I think a book on other people’s pain and how they managed given with love from your heart may be better than saying anything.

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I wish you had not had to take it.

    I am in Tennessee. I am sharing this on Twitter.

  4. I’m in Maryland.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Please enter me in your giveaway:)

  5. This is so great and as I sit here I can’t help but wonder how many people you and Maggie have helped along the way….. no I guess I should say have blessed along the way….

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