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‘Hope and a Future’ documents 10 years of a husbands journey from grief and sorrow, to hope and a future. Wes found peace within his storm and wants to show you the reality that God can turn extreme weakness into extreme strength.
Wes Richard, the pastor of King’s Church International in Thames Valley, experienced the greatest loss a loving husband could face, losing his wife Carol to cancer in June 2002. But even in great loss, God is still in control. Although the sorrow Wes and his family experienced was unbearable, the past 10 years has seen many transformations, challenges and great triumphs. God never leaves us, he never forsakes us, and he certainly never leaves us to drown in our sorrow but lifts us to new heights.
The family graciously accepted an offer to escape to South Africa to visit family friends. Since then his 3 children found happiness, love and marriage, gifting Wes with 7 grandchildren.
This book contains great tragedy, but doesn’t leave you in the dirt. Keep reading and you will be encouraged by a faithful husband continuing the hope-filled future God has for him despite losing his partner.
Hope And A Future by Wes Richards was published by Lion Hudson in September 2012 and is our 26003rd best seller. The ISBN for Hope And A Future is 9780857212917.
A short pacey story that treks the downward slope and then a jagged and joyful journey to life and purpose. It's quite an unbelievable story of life and death, love and loss, heaven and earth, pain and healing - one that will touch a personal cord in each of its readers, largely on account of the touchingly honest emotions captured and shared by Richards.
While the arc of the main narrative progresses brilliantly, the use of both an introduction and a prologue spoils the flow. Overall, it's beautifully written, intimate and deeply moving. A powerful story made alive by the life of God!
1. London, Valentine's Day 2001
2. Fun and Family Life
3. Dark Days At Hammersmith
4. Treatment and Reprieve
5. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
6. Looking For a Miracle
7. Last Days
8. Will Our Anchor Hold?
9. Now What?
10. Time Out In America
11. Back Home
12. A New World Opens Up
13. Struggling to Have a Merry Christmas
14. Healing and Romance in Bogota
15. Changing the Guard
16. Double Weddings
17. Completing the Wedding Trilogy
18. Two Babies and a President
19. More Babies and a Global Family
Free at Last by Carol Richards
Hope and a Future For You
"Beautifully and brilliantly written, one of the most moving stories you are likely to come across." - R. T. Kendall, author and former minister, Westminster Chapel, London.
"Pastor Wes is a dear friend. His family's journey from tremendous loss to harmonious laughter has deeply moved and inspired us." - Bert Pretorius, Senior Pastor, 3C Church, Pretoria, South Africa.
"Surely this book will restore your faith and hope in a God who really cares for us." - Lawrence Khong, Senior Pastor, Faith Community Baptist Church, Singapore.
"Wes and Carol were like my second parents ...This inspiring story shows that there is always hope." - Julia Immonen, Double World Record Atlantic Rower.
"An account of God's abundant grace through times of incredible hardship, and a powerful testimony. Everyone who wants to grow in maturity should buy this book." - Ken Costa, Chairman of Alpha International.
EXCERPTS FROM WES RICHARDS' SPEECH AT HIS BOOK LAUNCH: Kings Church International, 2nd September 2012
“At the end of the book, I spell out why I’ve written it. And just for a few minutes I want to talk about ‘Hope and a Future’ referencing the book and THE book – the Bible – that it comes from.”
“I don’t know what your circumstances are, what you’ve gone through or maybe what you’re going through maybe far more painful then what I’ve gone through. I know all too well that there are no quick fixes. I know that something’s in life will never be the same when you’ve been hit by traumatic winds of change.”
“But I want you to know that your life can turn around.”
“I want you to know that there can come peace in your storm and calm after your storm.”
“I want you to know you can recover from your pain.”
“I want you to know that joy can be restored to you.”
“Just because you are down doesn’t mean that you are out.”
“You may think that your life is finished, but the reality may well be that a life you only imagined is only just beginning.”
“You may of had a big setback, but you can make a big come back.”
“You may of had tough times, but better times are ahead.”
“You may feel vulnerable, but great strength can grow out of your great weakness.”
“Your great trouble can shape you up for great blessing.”
“For sure there is a time to life and a time to die, but you need to make sure that you don’t give up and die when you still have so much to live for.”
“You may think that you don’t have any bright prospects right now but you will never discover what goodness and mercy is ahead of you if you stop moving forward.”
“You might be much nearer to making it through then you know. You need to hang in there when it’s dark and hold on when everything is telling you to let go.”
“So often you can’t plan for what happens in your life, but I believe never-the-less that God has a plan for your life. I am all too well aware that there is so much we don’t know and can’t explain about suffering. I am old enough, have read enough, seen enough, and lived through enough not to pretend to have any smart answers. But something’s I do know.”
“I know that Job said in the long light of his suffering that my redeemer lives.”
“I know that God is for me, even when circumstances have been against me.”
“I know, and my family knows through shared experiences that what the psalmist said long ago is for real. God is close to the broken-hearted and he saves those that are crushed in spirit.”
“If I didn’t know that, I won’t have written this book.”
‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Jeremiah 29: 11-13 is possibly the most famous Bible passage in modern Christianity. But do you know the background behind the verse? And what plans did God have for his people?
The Babylonians, one of Israel’s many enemies, ransacked Jerusalem turning their home into burning rumble. The Jewish people were taken as slaves to a foreign land, and worst of all they destroyed their temple – God’s home. Imagine that ... such tragedy and devastation. It must be hard to see past such tragedy and devastation.
Theologians have argued it out over the centuries, desperately theorising suffering with possible explanations – theodicy, free will, predestination, purgatory. But God simply says he has a plan.
Throughout his book, Wes Richards constantly refers to scripture and experience. He describes his tragedy as a human being, not a theologian attempting to explain it. And his message is powerful, simple and life-changing, whether you have experienced tragedy in your life or not. God is the planner, not you. His plans are not going to harm you, but prosper you.
Corrie Ten Boon, a women who survived through the Holocaust, once said this – “There is no pit too deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”
So what came next for the people of Israel after the Babylonians attack? Many years pasted, but eventually they saw those plans from Gods come true.
‘When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126: 1-2.
Wes Richards describes in 20 chapters his journey of love, loss and LIVING. With perspective on both his pain and his joy, the author takes readers through his story and explains the lessons that he has learned.
In his short foreword, Jonathan Aitken highlights ‘the inspiration and encouragement this intensely personal account can give to anyone who has to pass through life’s darker valleys of loss, pain and brokenness.
Each of the 223 pages describes the life of a real person - Wes - and there is no pretence, no unfeeling theology, just an honest biblical perspective and a great story.
A book for those in need of God’s reassuring hope and for anyone else who would like to learn of God’s transcendent goodness and the security of his control.
|Author / Artist||Wes Richards|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||224|
|Page last updated||21st September 2018|