This week I have been putting together the back cover for my new book, REAL HOPE. Several friends have kindly read it and written something to commend it. I am most grateful for their encouragement and support. John Yates is a friend of long standing. He and I have been in the same covenant group of senior pastors for over twenty years. We have shared each other’s ministry and challenges. Rod Whitacre goes back with me for forty years when he was a seminarian. He is now a learned professor of New Testament, and a man of mature spirituality. Whitney Kuniholm is a new acquaintance but I have known of him and his writings for many years through Scripture Union. I value his insights and comments. Joe Loughlin is also a recent friend whom I have gotten to know through his vacationing on Amelia Island. He is a remarkable person with experience in police work and now in writing and consulting. He is working on a book about his life as a policeman. He knows reality and authenticity. This what they have to say.
HOPE NEEDS TO BE DEFINED FOR A NEW GENERATION. IT CAN MEAN EVERYTHING AND NOTHING. THIS BOOK RE-ESTABLISHES WHAT BIBLICAL HOPE REALLY IS.
Ted Schroder here provides a very clear and engaging exposition of one of the seminal chapters of the New Testament. Romans 8 touches on some of the deepest truths of the biblical revelation, and he explores them thoughtfully, using numerous illustrations, stories and quotations to help connect the biblical revelation to our lives. This book bears the marks of his decades of faithful biblical exposition, carried out in the context of our current culture and concerns.
Rodney A. Whitacre, Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School
Here is a fresh look at Romans 8 by a trusted pastor. Ted Schroder never fails to stretch me and refresh me, and this book is his best yet. It is reliable, practical, entertaining, and approaches this most precious of Bible chapters with a thorough awareness of modern man and all his neuroses. The good news from St. Paul’s pen is happily and ably explained in this excellent book.
John W. Yates, II, Rector, The Falls Church, Virginia
As a police officer I have always struggled with suffering and evil. The way Ted expressed this as part of our lives and in preparation for our future and next life was very helpful and will be for others. There were many parts in REAL HOPE that impressed upon me that in our suffering there is opportunity for God to work. In hope there is power.
Joseph K. Loughlin, Assist. Chief of Portland Police, Ret. Author of Finding Amy.
Hope is something more people want but fewer seem to have. Ted Schroder blends sharp, expository insights into one of the Bible’s greatest chapters – Romans 8 – with a wealth of contemporary examples to show us what real hope is and how we can experience it today.
Whitney T. Kuniholm, President, Scripture Union/USA