Loyal Rue Review

At this moment in history we find ourselves well beyond the consolation offered by the proverbial Chinese sentiment that we might live in “interesting times.” Ours is rather a time of terror, a time when natural systems and social systems are collapsing before our very eyes, a time when optimism has become a symptom of delusion. Hope is elusive, even in the best of times, but among the informed of our age it is nearly unimaginable. Yet we know deep down that there is no hope without Hope.

Lillian Moats aspires to reawaken in us a sense of hope in an age dominated by confusion, trepidation and despair. Her allegory seduces readers into serious reflections on the nature and sources of hope. The language herein is inviting, the insights are abundant, and the suspense is captivating. Perhaps you will detect, as I did, hints of Dante and Plato as the author engages Hope and Despair in constructive dialogue. This book is inspiring, and you are to be envied if you can find something better to do than to read it.

Loyal Rue

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Luther College