Excerpt from the Introduction:
So, how do we sow hope where there is despair? That is the major question we will address in this chapter. First, we’ll look a bit more at despair and why it troubles our spirits so deeply before turning to the subject of hope, something we all can embrace. Then, we’ll pick up the story of Elijah once more. I believe that it is a textbook example for how to sow hope in the wilderness of despair. Before closing, I will offer a few practical steps we can take when we despair or walk with those who do, choosing to find and sow hope rather than sitting under a broom bush and wishing to call it quits.
Allen, Patrick, "Sowing Hope Where There is Despair (Chapter 4 of Practicing the Prayer of St. Francis)" (2022). Faculty Publications - College of Education. 262.