Towards the end of 2020 I published my first book: Hope Rising: Finding Hope in a Turbulent World. In this blog post, I wanted to link a few subsequent interviews and videos about the book and encourage you to order a copy for yourself or for friends, family, or even “strangers” you come across.
I believe if there is one universal need right now in these turbulent times, it is true hope. The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:13 boiled down the Christian life to the three most essential and irreplaceable basics: faith, hope, and love. But where do we find that hope? Or, how can our hope be renewed? My book tackles those questions and more through real life stories from around the world via the international mission organization I lead called ServeNow, and stories from those I know here in the US.
One of the greatest joys for me right now has not only been seeing believers encouraged by this book, but using this book as opportunity to give out to those whom I do not know whether they are believers or not; or even strangers in general as I go about life. Almost every time, the reaction when seeing it is a book on hope is “isn’t that what we all need right now!” I am praying, and invite you to pray with me, that this book will be used to encourage believers, but also lead those not yet followers of Christ into the eternal hope we can only find in him!
Additionally, there are discussion questions in the back of the book that could be used in a group context. If you are part of a small group or book group this would make a great resource to utilize and discuss!
Below are some recent interviews to learn more. To order a copy or more of my book, or to share with others, you can click here: Hope Rising: Finding Hope in a Turbulent World. All profits and proceeds also go 100% to ServeNow to help continue our mission of “sharing Christ’s passion for the world by serving the most vulnerable through national churches and leaders.” There are no author royalties!
- Ben & Lars, the authors of Hope Rising, discussing the words Hope and Turbulence: Ben & Lars Video Discussion
- Video Interview with my Pastor in Colorado: Video Interview on Hope Rising.
- Sermon Message at my home church on Hope & Despair/Depression: Hope Rising From Despair Message.
- Radio Interview with Wayne Pederson, one of the leaders who endorsed Hope Rising: Experience Hope Interview.
- Video Interview with Pastor Jim Johnson of Smokey Point Community Church: Interview on Hope Rising.
- Ben & Lars on the Inspiration behind writing Hope Rising: Ben & Lars Video on Hope Rising Inspiration.
- Introduction to the Authors: Meeting Ben & Lars the Authors of Hope Rising.
- Ben’s kids share their thoughts on Hope Rising: Ben’s Kids on Hope Rising.
- Ben & His wife Lauren do a “fun” spoof on the book: Ben & Lauren Comedy Spoof on Hope Rising.
- Ben Interviews JoJo one of the girls featured in the book from a dream for a Trade School in Uganda: Ben & JoJo Video Interview.
- Arrival Day Video of the Books being opened for first time: Arrival Day Video.