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Hope in the Age of Anxiety

The Definitive Guide to Hope
by Anthony Scioli, Ph.D. and Henry Biller, Ph.D.
Oxford University Press
Available: July, 2009

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Hope in the Age of Anxiety is the definitive resource for hope enthusiasts and would-be "Hope Providers". This is an ideal book for parents, educators, coaches, executives, healthcare providers, physicans, and chaplains.

Endorsements for Hope in the Age of Anxiety:

This book is a must read for any individual who is dealing with adversity. When we understand the role that hope plays in our lives, our physiology and our ability to survive, we will all be better able to cope with life's difficulties and to help those we love. This is also a book that every health care professional should have in their possession.

Bernie Siegel, MD author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Help Me To Heal

Hope in the Age of Anxiety is a book in the grand style, one that goes well beyond typical "formula-driven" self-help books. The authors have culled "the best of hope" from psychology, philosophy, and theology as well as the struggles and achievements of both ordinary and extraordinary individuals and groups. This book captures the full depth and breadth of hope as a force for positively transforming the reader's life. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.

James Prochaska, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology

Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center, University of Rhode Island

Author of Changing for Good

"At last, a book on hope rooted in modern science that takes seriously its underpinnings in the worlds' great religious traditions. Scioli and Biller offer us all "hope" that our best solution for rising to life's challenges lies in the blending of a scientific and humanitarian perspective."

Robert A. Emmons, Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology

Former President, American Psychological Association, Division 36, Psychology of Religion

Encyclopedic in scope… may well be the definitive guide to its subject…incorporates advances of modern science as well as ancient wisdom to place hope in its rightful place as the essence of the human life force. In moving vignettes in which hope sustains people through loss, difficulties, and unimaginable horrors, the authors show that survivors are those who, rather than denying reality, confront and embrace it, with hope empowering them to surmount the odds they face. .. provides tools that address in depth the major challenges faced by humans: fear, loss, illness, and death, in a manner that is at once accessible, incisive, and compassionate; an important contribution to the literature…necessary reading for those seeking wisdom on the topic.

Forward Magazine

This book is saved from being another one-dimensional self-help book by its multidisciplinary approach and basis in scientific research. Neither overly scientific nor overly general, this is an excellent choice for readers looking to take control of their spiritual well-being… this book will inspire, educate, and encourage those suffering from chronic illness, a troubled past, or general anxiety and hopelessness.

Library Journal (Hope in the Age of Anxiety listed among best consumer health books of 2009).

Scioli (Keene State College) and Biller (Univ. of Rhode Island) have blended scientific discoveries with insights from art, literature, and classic wisdom to provide a book about understanding and using hope to become empowered, connected, and secure…Summing up: Highly recommended for all readers.

Choice Review, Editor's Pick for January 2010

Summary of the Book by the Publisher: Oxford University Press

Economic collapse, poverty, disease, natural disasters, the constant threat of community unrest and international terrorism--a quick look at any newspaper is enough to cause almost anyone to feel trapped and desperate. Yet the recent election also revealed a growing search for hope spreading through society. In the timely Hope in the Age of Anxiety, Anthony Scioli and Henry Biller illuminate the nature of hope and offer a multitude of techniques designed to improve the lives of individuals, and bring more light into the world. In this fascinating and humane book, Scioli and Biller reveal the ways in which human beings acquire and make use of hope. Hope in the Age of Anxiety is meant to be a definitive guide. The evolutionary, biological, and cultural roots of hope are covered along with the seven kinds of hope found in the world's religions. Just as vital, the book provides many personal tools for addressing the major challenges of the human condition: fear, loss, illness, and death. Hope in the Age of Anxiety identifies the skills needed to cultivate hope, and offers suggestions for using these capacities to realize your life goals, support health and healing, strengthen relationships, enhance spirituality, and inoculate yourself against the despair that engulfs many individuals.

The perennial human challenges addressed in our book:

  • Attachment: How to give and receive hope. How to be a "hope provider".
  • Mastery: How to find inspiration and make use of hidden dreams.
  • Survival: How to find peace, cope with loss, and gain a measure of immortality.
  • Culture: How to build on a cultural foundation of hope sources and possibilities.
  • Faith: How to benefit from the seven types of hope embedded in world religions.
  • Spirituality: How to use hope to increase your spiritual intelligence.
  • Hopelessness: How to recognize and deal with hopelessness.
  • Development: How to understand hope and hopelessness in children and teens.
  • Healing: How to transform hope into a healthy portable environment.
  • Creativity: How to creatively use facts while building a more hopeful reality.

Hope in the Age of Anxiety will give you an introduction to a powerful new approach to hope, giving you a better understanding of the ways in which your early development, cultural background and spiritual beliefs impact the level and quality of your dreams and aspirations.

You may be asking yourself, "Is this going to be a "religious" book?" Our book (and this website) is meant for everyone. Our approach meets the needs of traditional religious adherents as well as spiritually-minded humanists and staunch atheists. Believers along with nonbelievers should be able to benefit from our approach to hope. Readers should come away with a better understanding of how hope is expressed in the context of Buddhism or Christianity, Islam or Native American Spirituality as well as various alternative perspectives such as existentialism or various new age movements.

Perhaps you are a parent, teacher, counselor, or health professional who wants to learn more about instilling hope in others. You will also benefit from reading our book. In particular, you may want to pay special attention to the sections on hope and hopelessness in children as well as those dealing with faith, attachment, mastery, and inspiration. Make it a goal to become a true "hope provider".

Perhaps you are a scholar or researcher looking for more information on the science of hope. We offer a new integrative theory as well as ideas relating to hope development and human evolution, religious and culture influences, the relationship between hope and faith, as well as the possible connections between hope and healing.

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