Nathan Brown, I Hope, Warburton, Victoria: Signs Publishing Company, 2011, 116 pages, A$14.95, softcover. Reviewed by Stephen Chavez, managing editor, Adventist Review.
Whether we like it or not, we—at least in the general sense—are among the most common objections to Christianity,” writes Nathan Brown in his latest book. He continues: “By we I mean Christians ourselves—and our sad histories of wars, crusades, abuse, hypocrisy, meanness, prejudice, fear and self-serving. . . . Even nonbelievers expect us to do better.”
That something “better” is what I Hope is all about. In more than 50 essays, divided into four sections—faith, life, church, world—Brown examines the many aspects of what it means to live as a follower of Christ in the twenty-first century. The book is not so much a mirror, exposing us to the blemishes on our collective psyche, as a flashlight leading us to a brighter future where serious issues are dealt with thoughtfully and with respect for those with differing views.
The author, a book editor at Australia’s Signs Publishing Company, is a voice for young Adventists looking for viable answers in an increasingly complex world.