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Habits of Hope:

Educational Practices for a Weary World

Todd C. Ream, Jerry A. Pattengale, David L. Riggs (editors)


Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: IVP Academic
Publish Date: November 12, 2024
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514010704
ISBN-13: 978-1514010709

In the world of education, disorientation and uncertainty has been increasing for several decades, with the Covid-19 pandemic only exacerbating preexisting challenges. Christians called to academic vocations need authentic hope to sustain them in their work―and they need to be able to share that hope with a weary world.

Habits of Hope explores a Christian understanding of hope and how it applies to the work of educators, administrators, scholars, and others in academia. Essays by master practitioners focus on six key educational practices and describe how these practices can cultivate hope within educators as well as among their students and everyone they serve:

  • integration
  • conversation
  • diversity
  • reading
  • writing
  • teaching

Contributors include:

  • Hans Boersma
  • Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu
  • Kevin G. Grove, CSC
  • Cherie Harder
  • Jon S. Kulaga
  • Philip Graham Ryken
  • David I. Smith
  • Jessica Hooten Wilson

Christian hope, these thinkers are convinced, has two fundamental characteristics: it’s tied inextricably to the world to come, inaugurated by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and it’s active in its very nature. Habits of Hope combines theology and practical application to help educators find hope and infuse it throughout every area of their work.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Amos Yong
Introduction: An Expectation of the World to Come
Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers


1. The Cross Our Hope: The Hope of Education
Kevin G. Grove, C.S.C.

2. Past, Present, and Future: Integration as a Hopeful Educational Practice
Philip Graham Ryken

3. The Way of Words: Conversation as a Hopeful Educational Practice
Cherie Harder

4. Inclusive Excellence: Diversity as a Hopeful Educational Practice
Beverly Battle-Walters Denu

5. Deification in Maximus the Confessor: Reading as a Hopeful Educational Practice
Hans Boersma

6. Prophets and Poets at the Apocalypse: Writing as a Hopeful Educational Practice
Jessica Hooten Wilson

7. “Arduous and Difficult to Obtain”: Teaching as a Hopeful Educational Practice
David I. Smith

Jon S. Kulaga