New in the Church Library: Surprised by Hope

A recent book by leading biblical scholar N. T. Wright is now in the Church Library. Surprised by Hope; Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (234 W) takes on the ambitious subject of what we believe about life after death, and how it affects the way we live. He makes a convincing case that Easter should be celebrated more than Christmas. While the incarnation gives us great joy, the resurrection brings us incredible hope. “Take Christmas away,” he writes, “and in biblical terms you lose two chapters at the front of Matthew and Luke, nothing else. Take Easter away, and you don’t have a New Testament; you don’t have a Christianity.”

Surprised by Hope sets out to answer what the ultimate Christian hope is, and what hope there is for real change and transformation within our present world.

~Carol Jensen, Church Librarian