WILD HOPE: HOPE IN MY DARKEST HOUR

My memoir was published by WestBow on the 25th July, 2015.  You can view the book and read an excerpt at www.drcarolalexander.com.  It is also available at www.amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, www.WestBow.com or www.drcarolalexander.com.

I wrote this book because I wanted to tell people about the amazing God that I serve.  I have had an extraordinary life—not because I am anyone special, but because God is faithful, kind, and good.

We have lived on four continents and traveled and preached in over fifty nations of the world.  We have slept in huts, tents, on boats, in cars, on lounge sofas, on the floor, and in beautiful homes and hotels.  We have eaten slugs, frog soup, other creepy crawly creatures I couldn't identify, and we have eaten the finest of fare.  We have spoken to children, young people, drug addicts, alcoholics, the rich, the poor and everything in between.  We have taken the transforming message of Jesus to anyone who would listen, and to any place that opened the door.  And we have seen this remarkable message change, heal, and restore men and women of all ages, colors and creeds. 

So, I wanted to tell my story and encourage people to the same 'wild hope' that has filled my heart for forty six years. 

I am not using the word 'hope' in the way we use it today.  For example, when I say, 'I hope I see you again," I know I probably won't, but I wish the distance wasn't so great and that we could meet again.  Or when I say, "I hope one day I will have this or that," I don't think I ever will, but it doesn't stop me from wishing.  No, the word 'hope' is used in the biblical sense of Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  When I use the word 'hope' I use it as a certainty, an assurance that we will receive what we ask for.

I am not a proponent of the "health, wealth and prosperity" doctrine.  I don't believe God gives us everything we desire or want.  However, I do believe that God can fill our hearts with 'hope' or assurance in the darkest hour.  As you read my book you will discover that this is indeed true.

To those who are experiencing darkness and trial at this time I want to encourage you to the same 'wild hope' that filled my heart as I sat next to my dying son.  Hope in the midst of utter despair and sadness filled my heart.  The story is fleshed out in my book and is a remarkable testimony to God's power and love.

My friend, my prayer for you today is that God will fill your heart with wild hope.

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

Carol