Review: J. Stephen Yuille’s A Hope Deferred

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Author: J. Stephen Yuille
Publisher: Shepherd Press
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Reading Level: Easy

A Hope Deferred is a book about theology told through the story of real life. It’s a trend I’ve seen increase over the last five years in theology books for the average Christian and it’s a positive trend in the way we teach theology.

It’s a book about the Yuille’s adoption and infertility but it’s much more. Yuille from the start assures the reader that his story of adoption is a backdrop to much larger truths about God. “The main theme of this book is God, and its lessons extend well beyond infertility and adoption to affliction in general” (12). Yuille alternates short memoir chapters with chapters filled with robust exposition of Romans 8.

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Yuille works within Romans 8 sticking close to the text. Everything he says flows out of this chapter and Paul’s theology of adoption and more directly from our union in Christ (“We don’t receive anything from God apart from union with Christ” 19). These are the winds beating against our hearts in this book.

One of my favorite chapters contained exposition of Romans 8:26-27 in connection with Christ’s prayer for our unity in John 12. He compares and contrasts the essential unity in the Trinity, the hypostatic union in the person of Jesus Christ, and the mystical union between Christians and Jesus Christ. He highlights that the essential unity within the Godhead functions as a pattern for our mystical union with Jesus. That’s encouraging and assuring. That’s objective. What’s in Christ can never be dissolved anymore than God himself could be separated

See Also: Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life (buy) and Dan Cruver’s Reclaiming Adoption (buy)

If you’re looking for a book that deals with suffering and hardship from the theology perspective, A Hope Deferred fits the bill. It tackles a tough topic from one the richest chapters on adoption and our union with Christ in the New Testament. It’s conversational with a slight bent towards those conversant with theology.

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