Surprised By Hope: N.T. Wright’s New Book On New Creation

The essential ideas it seems that Wright is covering in his new book, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church have been central to much of our thinking here at the Institute. Tom Wright has been a good friend of the Institute over the past few years, welcoming our interviews, magazine solicitations and more.

His exploration of these ideas, biblically, seem to be creating a fresh groundswell of scholarly and intellectually credible thinking related to the redemptive cord that the Scriptures weave into the human story.

I’m delighted this book is out, and even without having read it in specific, can recommend it based on his other writings on the topic. It’s a privilege to recommend this book to worship thinkers around the world as a necessary part of one’s library.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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