Hope in the dark book

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hope in the dark book

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.

Originally published in 2004, now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit’s influential book shines a light into the darkness of our time in an unforgettable new edition.
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Paperback , pages. Hardback , pages. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next. Now, with a moving new introduction explaining how the book came about and a new afterword that helps teach us how to hope and act in our unnerving world, she brings a new illumination to the darkness of in an unforgettable new edition of this classic book. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.

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Sometimes it feels impossible to reconcile the pain of our circumstances with the image of an all-loving, all-powerful God. Hope in the Dark, by pastor Craig Groeschel, explores that poignant contradiction with gentle honesty, biblical truths, and stories of people who wrestled with deeply personal questions about God and faith. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it's the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not?

This is the ultimate "feel-good" book for exhausted campaigners and activists who, while remaining convinced of the importance of their work, can't help occasionally asking themselves whether they really are making a difference. Author and activist Rebecca Solnit's answer is a triumphant "yes". She celebrates a history of political engagement over the past five decades and finds strong grounds for optimism, albeit sometimes in rather unexpected places the invention of Viagra, she points out, has taken some of the heat off endangered species prized for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. Charting recent breakthroughs - from the fall of the Berlin wall and the Zapatista uprising in Mexico, to the anti-globalisation demonstrations in Seattle and the worldwide marches against war in Iraq - Solnit explores the progression of social change and makes an inspiring, well-argued case for hope. Not hope "like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky", but hope that means "another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Morgan M. says:

    Each of our lifetimes brims with personal evidence of these collective cultural shifts: At the time I was born, no one imagined that the Cold War would end and a girl raised in communist Bulgaria would make a life for herself reading and writing about books in English while facing the Manhattan skyline; a mere decade ago, it seemed inconceivable that a distributed tribe of strangers would raise a million dollars for refugees in another part of the world via an instantaneous global communication system of character neo-telegrams; just a couple of years ago, it was hard to imagine that the day would come when all of us would be able to marry the people we love.

  2. Mark D. says:

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