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Remarkable Hope: When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People

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Rediscover eight people in the Bible whose hopes and expectations went from disappointment to life-changing transformation through Jesus.

Remarkable Hope reveals a pattern of hope where individuals were surprised by Jesus in drastic ways after they placed their hope in him and were--at first--disappointed. Their stories show his work was rarely what they anticipated.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by FaithWords
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Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you struggling to feel hopeful? Feeling like God doesn't hear you? Check out Remarkable Hope by Shauna Letellier. This new book is full of Bible stories where people lost all hope--but God came in towards the end of the story and everything changed.

In Remarkable Hope, Letellier reminds readers of the stories of John the Baptist, the demon-possessed man, Jarius whose daughter was dying, Martha and Mary as Lazarus was dying, Peter walking on the water and more. In each of these stories, Letell
Yolanda K. Smith
Shauna Letellier has written a book just for you! Because hope is something we all need, but it’s often misunderstood. What does it mean to truly place our hope in Christ? And what do we do when hope seems lost, and it feels like our Father isn’t listening? I’ve been in that place, and I can tell you the wisdom from this gem shows us what we need most during the dark times. Shauna has retells stories straight from the pages of scripture, and you’ll find glimpses of yourself in these narratives a ...more
Susan Shipe
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever suffered disappointment? We can give names to it, can't we? Failed marriage. Prodigal children. Lost job. The untimely death of a loved one.
In Remarkable Hope, Ms. Letellier shares stories from God's Word when Jesus revived hope in disappointed people.
Hope is the red cord that weaves itself from the Garden of Eden all the way to the end of The Book - it is the eternal hope of glory. Shauna writes on long-expected hope, questioning hope, redirected hope, despairing hope, delayed ho
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
We experience a string of catastrophes and we wonder about the hope we are to have in the promises of God. Hope is to be the anchor of our soul but we feel like our boat is capsizing. We are overwhelmed by disappointment.

Letellier shares her teaching on hope in a unique way. She expands on stories from the gospels, adds a teaching and then a prayer. Her stories are of people experiencing disappointment in their relationship with Jesus. There are Simeon and John the Baptist. Both had expected a l
Susan Bricker
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Remarkable Hope is a powerful story about believing in the hope of Jesus in the ordinary and extraordinary experiences of disappointment. Shauna Letellier’s beautiful retelling of eight Bible stories gives the reader a true sense of the character’s experiences and highlights the depths of their disappointments, fears, doubts, and wavering hopefulness. Her descriptive storytelling provides a deeper understanding of what each Bible character encountered and how they were transformed. I found Shaun ...more
Vicki Cottingham
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Remarkable Hope' is just the kind of book I like to read. I like books which focus on the men and women of the Bible and which help us to understand their lives a bit better and the culture they lived in. There is so much to learn from these Biblical characters which can be of benefit to us in our personal journey with God.

Shauna uses her knowledge and understanding of the Bible, insights she has gained from studying it, research she has undertaken and her God-given gift of imagination to brin
Melissa Smith
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever put your hope in Christ only to find that the circumstances and answers to prayer He brings are not what you expected? In fact, the answers may have disappointed or grieved you for a time?

I have. And when this book came into my hands, I found a beautiful, truthful walk through 8 stories of other believers in Scripture who also found Christ to be different than they expected. Shauna Letellier retells these eight stories in well researched, vivid and engaging language. Through them,
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Losing hope is a reality for everyone at some point in this life. But hope can be revived. In “Remarkable Hope” author Shauna Letellier presents eight people from the Bible who lost hope in various situations. But through the faithfulness of Christ, these people witnessed the restoration of their hope in some surprising ways.

I love the way Letellier presents these stories. First, the Bible passage is recounted. Then Letellier presents a fictional account of the passage, based on much historical
Courtney Sargent
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Remarkable Hope, Shauna beautifully retells 8 New Testament stories and shows how God came through for each character, even in the midst of what could have been their greatest disappointment. Shauna has a wonderful way with words, and her narrative brings these short stories to life in a new way. Seeing how God worked in these characters’ lives is also a beautiful reminder that He is constantly at work in our lives. As Shauna says, “Jesus sends his Spirit into our confusion—even if we don’t r ...more
Marli Scarborough
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Retelling Bible stories is tricky – the Bible gives us basic plots, but so few of the details we want to know. It’s necessary to fill in details with conjecture, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. Some authors choose to build their stories from the ground up, twisting major details of the characters’ lives to fit the story they want to tell. In contrast, Shauna Letellier builds a solid framework with all of the essential facts the Bible gives us before she begins to decorate it ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable Hope is an inspirational book by author Shauna Letellier. This book tells of people from the Bible and how Jesus gave them hope. In this book you will find a series of biblical vignettes.

This is not a book to be devoured in one sitting but savored over several sittings. A quote that stood out to me is from page 49: “Death is not defeat. It is deliverance into all God has prepared for those who love him.”

Did this book meet my expectations? I wasn’t sure what to expect, perhaps some bul
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are in a bright and sunny season or your lamp of faith is flickering, this book is for you.

In Remarkable Hope, Shauna Letellier shines the light of truth in the places of our hearts where hope is hidden. Beautifully illuminating stories from scripture, Shauna reminds us that though these men and women looked into the very eyes of Jesus, they also searched for hope just as we do - and found it in him. We can relate to these whose sandals walked the earth long before us as they experi
Sarah Damaska
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of Shauna’s first book Remarkable Faith, so I didn’t hesitate to pre-order this book Remarkable Hope as soon as I could. I love the way she brings stories to life, “laying the fabric of fiction over the framework of Scripture”.
There are eight stories included in the book: (1) Simeon, (2) John the Baptist, (3) a demon-possessed man, (4) Jarius, (5) Mary, Martha and Lazarus, (6) Peter, (7) Jesus’ Mother Mary, and (8) the two disciples on Emmaus Road. All these people hoped in Chri
Emily Hupe
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book of hope I wish was in print long ago!

What is hope?

When we’re in the middle of deep trials were often told: ”Don’t lose hope, don’t lose faith.”

In the days and weeks following my paralysis, I heard that statement more times than I care to remember. I would ask my family and friends: “What does that mean? I don’t know how to feel anything but hopelessly.

I was a paralyzed mother of 7 young children, that’s about as hopeless as it gets.
Then one day my pastor told me to search the
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At some point or another in our lives, we will all face disappointment, discouragement or loss of hope. How we face it and who we face it with, can be the game changer. Remarkable Hope is the kind of book that I love to read. It points the reader back to scripture. What does it truly mean to put our hope, faith and trust in the Lord? And when it feels hopeless, is God really listening to our problems? Does He really care? I am in that season of life and I hope to move from it rather quickly, but ...more
Gay Idle
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable Hope covers the stories of 8 people in the Bible who placed their hope in Jesus...expecting a certain outcome...and yet unmet expectations set them up for disappointment. first anyway.

It was encouraging to me to read each story and see that Jesus was faithful to those who chose to place their hope in many ways He orchestrated circumstances above and beyond any expected outcome. The results transformed the lives of those who placed their hope in Him.

Shauna's ability
Ginger Hudock
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable Hope presents eight memorable New Testament Gospel characters and imagines what they are thinking and feeling as they encounter Jesus. Each chapter presents one person by first giving the Biblical passage, then giving a short historical fiction expansion of the passage. The last part of each chapter is a reflection on Biblical hope from the passage and a short prayer.

This is the second book by Shauna Letellier that I have read and I really enjoy her style. The fiction brings me into
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shauna Letellier extensively researched the cultural and scriptural relativity to 8 different people that Jesus provided some type of HOPE. She creatively weaves culturally relevant factual information into each story, developing a unique short-story to represent the multi-faceted faces of HOPE. Each vignette provides the reader "insight" into how the person viewed God's promises, how they held on to HOPE, and how we can be strengthened by their experiences. Scriptural references abound within t ...more
Patricia Tiffany
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Author Shauna Letellier writes a thought-provoking story comparison of several individuals from the Scriptures. This fascinating mixture of fictional writing and non-fiction examination, culminating in personal analysis speaks to the heart of reflective Bible study. The Chapters include: Despairing Hope, Delayed Hope, Doubting Hope, Confused Hope, Redirected Hope, and more. Most meaningful to me personally proved to be the story of Jarius, when he had despaired in his daughter’s death, but trust ...more
Jolene Rose
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Our hopes and expectations in this world are shadows compared to the mysterious but secured hope of those who trust in Jesus." -Shauna Letellier.

I was very encouraged by this book, which gave me the opportunity to learn from historical figures from the Bible as they walked through disappointing circumstances while still holding on to remarkable hope. This book really made you feel like you were a witness at the funeral of Lazarus, in the prison cell with John the Baptist, or in the boat in th
Kendra Roehl
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Shauna and I really enjoyed it. I loved how she took stories from the bible and brought you into the details of what would have been their daily lives--it was a good reminder that these were real people with hopes and dreams, struggles and disappointments and the amazing ways that Jesus showed up in each of their lives. She then took the truths gleaned from their stories and gave hope for the things we face even today.

This book is for anyone who finds themsel
Lance Lumley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has a creative look at devotionals. Instead of the typical devotional setup of text then explanation, the author adds a creative writing part to her chapters. The book covers several people in the Bible who felt like they were being disappointed by God, and how their tales ended, with the author adding pieces to the stories by writing her creative take on how the characters were feeling or a background setting before the reveal that is omitted by the Bible.
The writer's creative flare
Maggie Sifuentes
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shauna’s telling of these stories has been deeply moving to me. Nearly every chapter brought me tears remembering so many ways I can relate with the characters - things that God hasn’t done at all the way I expected Him to. There’s so many ways we can follow where we believe God’s guiding and feel like a failure in the process. But this book has become a part of my healing journey helping me know that it is always a process and we’ve never seen the story finished. There is no better way to know ...more
Elizabeth Small
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shauna does such an incredible job of bringing the people of the Bible to life in such a relatable way as to show that there is always hope in Jesus Christ no matter the circumstances. Too often we focus on the situation instead of keeping our focus on Christ but this book is a wonderful reminder that our hope lies with Christ and what He did and continues to do for us. I see these characters and stories in such a new and amazing way that I can see many of my own life experiences in them and can ...more
Amanda Mc
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"As Jesus sweat anguished drops of blood, God sent an angel not to deliver Jesus from suffering but to strengthen and revive him to finish the work. Jesus received glory and we received hope."
What more proof could anyone ask for in times of despair or hurt but to know that someone loves you so much that they have given you Remarkable Hope.
Loved this book, Shauna Letellier has given us a remarkable insight into people from the bible and how they might have felt without hope. Shauna has made Jesus
Tara Dickson
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t love this book more!
Shauna has done exactly what she said she would, she laid a fabric of fiction over the framework of Scripture. These powerful stories of normal people with their own set of problems that encountered Christ and found hope will keep you coming back for more.

As you read these precious stories from God’s Word, friends, don’t be surprised if you are moved to tears as they come alive and you walk away with a determined heart to hold fast to the Hope of our calling in Chri
Gretchen Garrison
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All of us experience times that are trying and hard. In the middle, we might look to God for His help. But He does not always respond as we expect Him to do. Featuring several specific Bible stories, the author illuminates the fact that while God cannot be controlled, He is in control. Most of all, He loves us. This book caused me to see areas of doubt where I need to trust and live in hope.

Note: while I did receive a free PDF for reviewing purposes that did not affect my review. I intend on bu
Dorina K.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable Hope is another great example, like her first book Remarkable Faith, of Shauna's gift for illuminating the Scriptures. I love how she pulled together these key stories about hope where Jesus surprised people.

My favorite chapter was the one on Mary, Martha and Lazarus called "Delayed Hope." As someone who has experienced "delayed hope" in a very real way, I was encouraged and challenged by the way Shauna unpacks this story and the concept. I'm excited to share this book with friends a
Taryn Nergaard
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Through storytelling, Shauna draws the reader into the history of the bible and draws out the truth we need for encouragement today. She shares the stories of 8 people in the Bible whose lives were changed because of the hope of Jesus. But more than that, it reminds us today that Jesus doesn't always change our lives in the way we might expect. Shauna says, "Disappointment is often the pivot point where we stop trying to lead Jesus and start following his lead." This book reminds us that Jesus i ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've had the privilege to read an advanced copy of Shauna Letellier 's book, Remarkable Hope-When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People.
Definitely recommended reading!
This book is a fresh look at Biblical Hope -- not the "I hope it doesn't snow again" kind but the "living hope that anchors my soul" kind of hope found in 1 Peter and Ephesians. The kind Paul declares in Romans that "does not disappoint". Friend, if you need to be reminded of this hope, here is a place to start.
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Shauna Letellier enjoys weaving strands of history, theology, and fictional detail into a fresh retelling of familiar Bible stories. She draws upon her Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as a variety of Bible commentaries to drape the fabric fiction over the framework of Scripture.

Shauna’s writing has been published on The Huffington Post, Day Sp