Look Up, My Soul: The Divine Promise of Hope
Faith, Hope, and Charity are known as the three great Christian virtues. And while we may feel as though we know how to exercise faith or extend charity, too many of us are overlooking hope — even though it is exactly what we are seeking.
Hope is more than an attitude of good cheer or a generalized faith in God. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf defined hope as “the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to us.” In Look Up, My Soul, Elder Gerald N. Lund leads us through a discussion of the doctrine of hope in such depth and detail, and with such love, that we may be surprised at this unexpected and under-appreciated power that is available to us.
Elder Lund talks about the realities of life in our day, the reasons many of us lack hope, and the need for hope in our time. He shares his insights on such questions as:
Included in the book are inspirational and enlightening stories — from Church history, the scriptures, Elder Lund's own life, and the lives of others who were willing to share their stories of hope — that invite us to look up and to find joy in the promises the Lord has made to us.
Hope is more than just a wish that things will get better; it is a power that makes things better. It is a spiritual gift from God, and with His help, we can make hope a vital and vibrant part of our everyday life and of our eternal spiritual survival.
By Ryan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As someone who suffers from extreme anxiety which fills one with despair, doubt, and fear of everything unknown, this book is essential and has been a great help to me in remembering and re-learning what it means to have hope. Anxiety has almost eliminated that hope that I once had. As I started this book and with some psychological counseling it has really helped me regain what hope really is and why it is so important to watch our thoughts on a daily basis and be filled with hope and not despair or worry of things that we have no control over. Thank you Mr. Lund for writing this book and compiling great stories and doctrine to help me understand hope.
By Karen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
There is so much strength to be found in this book. I am ordering a second for a young adult in our ward who is facing many challenges.
By Sherrie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A great resource. Gerald Lund teaches with clarity and provides numerous quotes and personal experiences to help us identify the need and role of hope in our lives.