Faith and Optimism
Positive Expectation
in the Christian Life
   
(Originally The Optimism Factor)

        
 M. Blaine Smith

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SilverCrest Books
  2011 ~ 190 pages ~ Paper ~ $11.99 ~ ISBN 978-0-9840322-3-5
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(Originally The Optimism Factor: Outrageous Faith Against the Odds)
     
There's a strange connection between the exercise of our faith (wobbly though it may be) and the growth of optimistic hope in our hearts. Outrageous faith, Blaine Smith calls it. And he explains why, as he examines the role of positive expectation in the Christian life.
 
Blaine believes that faith is the most underappreciated benefit in the Christian life today. Christians who do emphasize faith often take it to an unhealthy extreme--just believe anything can happen and God will accomplish it for you. Yet most Christians don't emphasize faith enough, even though it is upheld constantly in Scripture as the means by which we receive the grace of God and every benefit he provides.
 
In this book Blaine looks closely at what the biblical attitude of faith involves. He concludes that it means an overwhelmingly optimistic view of God and of his willingness to provide the best for each of us. He considers how we can exercise faith in the most authentic sense, by taking challenging steps to realize our personal potential. And he offers practical wisdom on how to:
 
                rekindle our optimism when it's lost
                rebound from disappointment
               
 distinguish healthy faith from unreasonable
                          expectations
               
 find the heart to make new beginnings
               
overcome our fears of change
               
 handle our shifting view of God
               
let go of problems that aren't ours
 
"A profound, practical and positive exposition of the importance of living our faith, and in the process, seeing our lives both realistically and with the optimism that comes only from surrender to Christ."
Jack Kemp
 
"Smith helps readers move from discouragement to hope, learning to win through failure."
Bookstore Journal, July 1994
 
"Read this book and you will find your misconceptions of faith trashed . . . . The twenty-six chapters make this book an ideal daily devotional."
Moody Monthly, April 1995
 
Editors' Choice -- Family Bookshelf, Winter 1995
 
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