I am making an attempt at writing a book, or what I hope will become a book. The preliminary title is “Easter’s Promise: Hope for a Suffering World.” Here is the layout I envision:
Introduction: My Story, Our Story
Part 1: Rediscovering the Foundation
Chapter 1: Job: The Problem We Face
Chapter 2: Job: Renewed Confidence in God
Part 2: The Unfolding Story of Hope
Chapter 3: In the Beginning
Chapter 4: A Future Oriented Faith
Chapter 5: The Future Breaks the Present
Chapter 6: Presently Anticipating the Future
Part 3: The Realization of Hope
Chapter 7: The Picture of Hope
Chapter 8: Until Then
I begin with my own story of suffering which surrounds the death of my son and my younger brother as an introduction to my journey from a simplistic faith to a wrecked faith and then to a renewed faith as the basis for why I am writing and what will follow in the book.
The first section I spend looking at the story of Job. I decided to start with Job because the story of Job is the existential problem we all live in. Like Job, we don’t have the luxury of knowing what takes place in the heavenly court (the epilogue of Job). However, we learn about that God is both sovereign and mystery from Job.
The second section will deal with the promise of Easter (hope) as an unfolding narrative within scripture. First, we begin with God as creator and his creative act. What do we know about his intention or purpose for creating (which is related to his purpose for redemption). From there we begin seeing this future oriented faith unfold in the promise to Abraham and the story of Israel. Through the incarnation, the life of Jesus, we discover the future oriented faith breaking into the present. Lastly, the story teaches us that in Christ, we Christians presently live out a faith that anticipates and is shaped by the future (eschatology).
The last section is more practical. I want to first deal with what this hope looks like. Thus, what does it mean to live with such hope? And secondly, until that hope is fully known, how to we live it out?
While I hope that the book will reflect good theology and Biblical exegesis, my intended audience will be the congregational level. Thus, I envision most readers having some education beyond high school but not any specific theological training. I don’t have any time table for trying to complete this project, as undertaking this project and completing it will be a learning process for me. If you are reading this and you have written a book or are in the process of writing that book, I am open to suggestions.