Hope Unfolding BOOK REVIEW
Monday, April 11, 2016
I picked up Hope Unfolding a couple of weeks ago because when I first glanced through it I thought it would be a good inspirational read. The next day a few Facebook friends shared this article from the same author. I have to admit that the article turned me off to the book. Truthfully, I wondered what kind of loony bird Becky Thompson was and if my friends were sharing the article out of seriousness or with the same confused look I had while reading it.
It was just...too much. Even on a bad day, I simply cannot imagine thinking so far into a benign situation. Maybe if a stranger told me I was beautiful and asked me to run away to his privately owned island, then my thoughts could possibly get carried away. But - a simple "hope your day gets better"? If that ever sends me into a rabbit hole of thoughts wondering if I might be able to arrange another chance meeting with a good-looking stranger....I think I would take a hard look at myself to figure out where the insecurities were coming from.
I even showed the article to David and asked if I was missing something. Am I insensitive? Unaware? Should I think more into it when another male tells me to have a nice day? I believe David's exact words were "If you'd written this article, I'd ask what meds you forgot to take." It is possible to offer a friendly compliment to a stranger of the opposite sex without meaning more than your words imply. I get the gist of what Mrs. Thompson was trying to say, but the example in her story reaches way too far.
So I put off reading Hope Unfolding for a few days because I had such a bad taste about what it might turn out to be. I don't make mountains out of molehills. I am secure in my marriage and I didn't want to read essays that attempted to make less secure women think so far into things that they make problems transpire from nothing.
But I can't stand to leave any book unread, so I trudged through the intro. Skip the intro; it lamented on how exhausting and lonely and isolating motherhood is. If you feel like that, then maybe your misery will like the company, but otherwise, it was just a bit depressing. Surprisingly and happily, the first chapter got pretty amazing! Becky talked a lot about finding your purpose and how God can use practically anything to give you a purpose and reach others if you are open to His opportunities.
While I do find a lot of purpose in my job as a wife and mother right now (if you don't, you should read Hope Unfolding!), it's a great feeling to know that God might not be finished using me in other areas of my life. In fact, as nerdy as this might sound, I've had a fun time thinking about the possibilities that He might have in store for me. I feel like I have a big story to tell, and Becky's words gave me the courage to look for ways in which to share it and to ask God to meet me with the specifics when the timing is right.
Maybe the right time to share my story with others is never - it's been used so much to help me grow my faith and if that is the only purpose, then that is enough for me. But, on the other hand, what if God wants to use it in a big way? If that's the case then I'd rather have my eyes open to opportunities and my heart open to situations so that I'm ready when the time comes.
The remaining chapters were good, but didn't resonate with me in this season of life like the first couple did. However with a new baby on the way, things are about to get shaken up - so I'm keeping this one on my bookshelf because I have a feeling it may come in handy when I'm in those crazy-long-weary-restless-no-energy-days.
I definitely think Hope Unfolding is worth a read for most young women, especially if you feel like your full potential hasn't been realized or used just yet. Just make sure to skip the intro and delve right into the good stuff!