Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Surprised by Hope

For years Christians have been asking, "If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven. Award-winning author N. T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian's future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright, who is one of today's premier Bible scholars, asserts that Christianity's most distinctive idea is b...

Details Surprised by Hope

TitleSurprised by Hope
Release DateMay 5th, 2009
PublisherHarperCollins e-books
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Christianity, Nonfiction, Faith

Reviews Surprised by Hope

  • Skylar Burris
    Would you be surprised if someone said that Christianity does not teach that the soul goes to heaven when a Christian dies? In "Surprised By Hope," N.T. Wright tries to set non-Christians, but especially uninformed Christians, straight about what orthodox Christianity really teaches about life after death (or, more accurately, "life after life after death.") The modern popular notions of heaven, the soul, and the "after life" often shared by Chri...
  • Jessica
    Okay, I've got about a chapter of this book to go, but I'm thinking so many thoughts, it's stressing me out. So I'm going to write this review a bit prematurely. I promise if I change my mind on anything, I'll come back and revise so as not to be unfair.Back story: I decided to pick up this book after reading a Facebook treatise (I know, LOL. But I don't know what else to call it) on the gospel that used Wright's book as its inspiration. To be ho...
  • Bryon
    I have a new favorite author/theologian in N.T. Wright, author of Surprised by Hope. He knows how to communicate lofty, theological concepts in a way that both makes sense and engages the reader to think. So much of what we think about theology is tainted by our church and political.The mistake that many are making these days is they are re-INVENTING and re-DEFINING theology. Some people are taking the party's theological line without thinking ab...
  • Douglas Wilson
    Most of this book was superb, and parts were atrocious.
  • Genni
    In Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard makes an observation about the story of Abraham and Issac that has stuck with me since. He says that Abraham believed God's promises were for this world. In other words, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham was willing not just because he knew someday they would "be together in heaven". He was willing because he believed God would do something here on earth with Isaac, whether it was make a ...
  • Jason
    Let’s say you’re a Christian reader—not the type who reads heavyweight theology. You might read a couple of pages of Grudem from time to time. You read Rick Warren with your church, toughed through Tim Keller after you heard your pastor quote him a few times, and even picked up Platt when you heard someone tell you that you were called to the mission field … along with every other Christian you know and don’t know. You spend each day pr...
  • Paul
    I liked parts of this book, especially the last part of the book.I certainly disagree with much of what he says, but ultimately we agree on the end result, which is really what matters.I think this is certainly more geared towards his home country rather than ours. In his the majority of people are becoming largely without God; whereas in this country I feel we are faced against fundamentalism. He addresses this, but not nearly as much as I would...
  • Andy
    I like my beer hoppy, my scotch peaty, my coffee black, and my resurrection embodied.
  • Rod
    I've been eager to read this. But no way was I spending money on it - had to wait for the library to suck in a copy. Whew! Saved $35.00.I just started reading John MacArthur's The Second Coming. Basically it has all the issues N.T. tries to deal with except MacArthur isn't a social liberal tree-hugging Nutter.I've suffered through my third N.T. Wright book. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with this guy. He seems to be on the ...
  • John Martindale
    Overall this was pretty good. Much in the book is old hat for me, I came to similar conclusions long before, in things like his opposition the cliché presentation that we believe in Jesus, so we can go to heaven when we die, and in contrast to this, his emphasis on the resurrection and the Heavenly kingdom coming to the New Earth, and the restoration of the created world.My main complaint is Wright rarely says "It seems", of "Possibly" or "my in...
  • Ben De Bono
    At risk of sounding hyperbolic, let me start this review by saying that Surprised by Hope is not only one of the best books I've ever read, it's also among the most important. Let me also say that anyone considering reading Rob Bell's latest, Love Wins, should skip that book and read this instead. Surprised By Hope is much better written, contains all of the good theology present in Love Wins (or more accurately, Love Wins contains Surprised By H...
  • Jon
    At first I thought I would enjoy and agree with this book--Wright spends a great deal of time and effort setting the record straight on what early Christians meant by "resurrection"--and that it has very little to do with what most modern Christians think about the soul, heaven, the afterlife, and the end of time. He is very specific, and at first I was gratified, feeling that I was learning something both a little esoteric and also true. But gra...
  • Drake
    In Surprised by Hope, N. T. Wright argues that many Christians and non-Christians alike have a distorted picture of what the Bible teaches about our future hope. The obsession with "heaven," he argues, is completely misguided, as the Scriptures present heaven not as our final home but as an temporary rest until the final resurrection and the New Heavens and New Earth. It's important to grasp this, he asserts, not only to ensure that our doctrine ...
  • Amelia
    It exposed me to new ideas and reaffirmed others. Most of all, it gave me a lot to think about and to question. Easy to read - difficult to digest.
  • Mike Jorgensen
    Amazing. The best one-book summary on hope and the resurrection. Any minor disagreements I have with Wright are drastically overshadowed by the watershed and momentous work in identifying the biblical thrust of hope and the western church's negligence of it.
  • Jonathan
    Surprised by Hope deals with two questions: What does the ultimate future look like? And how should we live in the present in light of that future?Personally, I wasn’t that “surprised” about Wright’s description of the future because it meshes well with my own views. It would come as more of a surprise to someone who holds to the Premillenial/Pretribulation eschatology of dispensationalists like Tim LaHaye (who made the popular “Left Be...
  • Tryphena Schrock
    This is one of those books that I started at least three times. I was determined to either read it entirely or get it off my shelf so it would stop haunting me. I did find the author's voice rather hard to "listen" to, but the rewards are well worth the effort. I'll never hear "heaven" in the same way again. Here's to life after life-after-death!
  • Faye
    Wow... this book has lived up to its title, for me. Somehow N.T. Wright has stripped Christianity of all the useless trimmings that people have added to it over the centuries, and brought it all down to WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS. And guess what - IT'S SO MUCH BETTER. It's not about "feelings," it's not about "going to heaven when we die," and it's certainly not about hating this world and everything that isn't 100% "Christian" in it - it's abo...
  • Mwebel
    After 20 years of feeling that I had a decent idea of what happened to us after we die, this book left me reeling. I realized that almost all of my ideas of heaven and unity with God were based, not on the Bible, but on cultural conceptions. This book helped me understand the Biblical statement on what happens beyond the grave, and that in turn gives me a new hope. I hope this hope changes the way I approach this world, not just the way I perceiv...
  • Molly
    I am crazy about this book. I wanted to start it over again as soon as I had finished it to make sure I didn't forget anything - I did reread the 3rd section immediately. I love that in talking about our future hope, it changes the way I live my life now and not simply because of some future reward for good behavior but because in light of Christ's resurrection and our promised one "our work is not in vain."
  • Saraí Hernández
    Some Christians (myself a month ago) would be slightly uncomfortable with the following questions:1. Is heaven a peaceful space, covered with puffy clouds? Are you going there after you die? Besides singing and hanging out with saints, what are you going to do over there?2. If you say that Jesus is lord and he reigns over the world, why is it full of evil? 3. Or do we need to wait for life after death to get peace and justice? If so, why should w...
  • Kevin Greenlee
    Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. WrightBefore I get into any longwinded discussion of N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope, let me just say that it’s absolutely amazing. I picked this book up and could hardly put it down, its presentation of Christian doctrine is incredible and for many it will be revolutionary (though it is really the historic understanding of things). Get this book, re...
  • Evan Hays
    For now, I will just post this: if I could recommend one book of theology for Christians to read, this would be it. So important in helping us get it right on how to think about the Kingdom of God, and to fix our pop-culture understandings of heaven and hell. Read this book along with Love Wins and The Great Divorce (although Love Wins does not really belong in the same sentence as the other two even though I think it is fairly good myself).In br...
  • Радостин Марчев
    С това завършвам прословутата популярна трилогия на Райт. Simply Christian някак си не можах да оценя достатъчно, но много харесах Surprised by hope и After you belive. Конкретно тази книга представлява най-систематичната разработка на Райт относно виждането му за есх...
  • Nick
    When I read Evil and the Justice of God, I had a lot of questions on how Wright arrived at some of his beliefs. Many of those questions were answered in this helpful book. Wright takes a look at the Biblical evidence for the after-life (or as he puts it "life after life after death"), revealing that many popular--even in the church--beliefs are not, in fact, Biblical. Instead, he presents the Biblical evidence and pushes forward into its implicat...
  • Matt Bianco
    Many will be disappointed to see that I give NT Wright five stars on any of his books, but I couldn't help it with this one.Wright keeps a narrow focus of interpreting everything through a proper understanding of the resurrection--essentially a resurrection-based worldview.He touches on everything from heaven to purgatory to hell, from forgiveness to love to prayer to sacraments, from gnosticism to dualism to pantheism to deism.He establishes wha...
  • David Lasley
    This is perhaps one of the most inspiring and thought provoking books I've ever read...and is certainly the foremost I've read on the subject of Hope. Wright, as usual, combines deep theological insights from scholarly expertise with a humility and accessibility that is hard to match. While the book seemed daunting at first, after getting into it, I couldn't put it down. I'll definitely be reading this book again soon.
  • Adam
    Superb. I felt like I was highlighting and underlining on every page. It is informative, practical, and stirring. A must read.