Are you afraid to hope? Hope holds out the alluring promise of the good that is yet to come. But what happens when your longing is met with unrealized requests, disease, severed friendships, infertility, singleness, lost passion, wayward children, or the sheer repetition of life? Many women forego the promise of hope in order to avoid the pain that disappointment or loss often brings. Hope can be painful, yet we need it to continue. While refusing to dream may protect us from unmet expectations, it can also keep us from experiencing the beauty God is creating in our lives. Where do we find the courage to anticipate the future God has promised? "We either respond to hope with our hearts," says Jan Meyers, "or we try to push it down. Responding to hope brings a deepened sense of thirst and ache, but it reminds us what it truly means to be a woman." Meyers' refreshingly honest and compassionate look at both sides of hope will help you find the courage to keep seeking-even in those places where hope seems to have been destroyed. And while hope is never without risk, its transcending power can make you more fully alive. 192 pages.