A Reason for Hope

by various authors

A Reason for Hope is a timely collection of writings by nine well-known Christian writers who gave responses to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers. Some would say that the only certainty in life is that life is uncertain. Yet the settled conviction of thoughtful Christians is this: there is solid reason for hope in the certainties of the word of God and our hope of heaven.

Lisa Beamer, whose husband died as he helped to subdue the terrorists on United Flight #93, wrote a forward to the collection. "With only human emotions to draw upon I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to even breathe at times. The good news (yes, there is good news!) is that God is faithful each moment to provide not only the supernatural resources I need to only to carry on, but to be even joyful on occasion."

Let me include thoughts from two of the essays to show the diversity and elegance of the collection. R. Kent Hughes, pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, said, "There are simply no limits to human depravity:

The devil yawned

And we gazed

Into

The abyss

Tuesday's excruciating cinema ought to seal forever the mouths of those who rest their hopes on the evolution of culture. It is a fiction. We have done our best, and we cannot save ourselves . . .What this world needs is a Savior."

Timothy J. Keller is the senior pastor of a church located on Manhattan Island in New York City. When he spoke on September 16, he wove narrative and Scripture and compassion into his sermon entitled, "Truth, Tears, Anger, and Grace." "Jesus Christ does not say He will give us consolation. He says He is giving us resurrection. Resurrection means ‘I have come not to take you out of the earth to heaven but to bring the power of heaven down to earth…I am going to restore everything that was lost, and it will be a million times better than you can imagine… Everything is going to be made right.'"

Although the writings deal with 9/11, the essays in this book hold comfort and promise for any Christian experiencing unspeakable grief.