Hope can seem elusive when life seems so difficult.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (Celadon Books, 2021) by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams, with Gail Hudson is the perfect balance of reality and hope. It doesn’t sugar coat what’s wrong with the world or offer unrealistic idealism. It’s not preachy.

Instead, the book offers hope. It demonstrates so many instances of hope being realized. Most important, it explains why it’s important to remain hopeful.

I listened to the book, which made the format for how it’s written seem to be even better. It’s like Goodall and Abrams are having a conversation. I felt like I was in the room as they shared their thoughts, making it seem almost intimate.

Goodall’s four reasons for hope are: the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit.

She talks about how she became a messenger of hope, how she maintains hope and why it’s necessary to for us all to embrace this four-letter word.

The book really was uplifting.

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