Book: ‘Hope’s work’

This project is based on a short book, Hope’s work, to be published by Darton, Longman & Todd in February 2021.

People and the earth matter to you. Our collective violence unsettles you, but whether anything can change it you don’t know.

Drawing on testimony, story, and myth, Hope’s work explores a radical hope fit for our situation – alive to the world’s promise, determined to look its tragedy in the eye.

Prof Christopher Baker, Director, William Temple Foundation, said:

‘This book is an original and deeply compassionate example of poetic and spiritual theology that combines poetry, deep erudition and beautifully-rendered story-telling.

‘The intertwined fate of human and non-human is powerfully laid out in the narratives of ordinary people who find themselves at the margins of existence, but who nevertheless find a hard-won hope in the bleakest of contexts.  

‘The combined result reflects a prophetic call for spiritual and prophetic activism in the name of the Earth, and all her inhabitants – a call to loving and hopeful action before it is too late.’

Peggy Seeger, folk musician and activist, said:

‘We all have hope built in and now we need it more than ever, but in these troubled times it’s easy to lose. This thoughtful book, readable and not too lengthy, is a kind of users’ manual for the would-be (and already) hopeful among us. It encourages small acts of kindness, patience, and creativity to confront the world’s violence and bring the changes we long for.’

Some informal feedback from friends and colleagues on the draft:

‘This is a powerful, important book. I read it to cover to cover without stopping and was engrossed all the way through.’

‘Extremely well-researched and well-founded.’

‘Very thought provoking and beautifully written. I think this is a really important piece of work.’