This is a book about hope, which the author argues is central to the meaning of Lent and in turn of Easter. Hope, which is quite different from optimism, is the most precious spiritual gift. We are surrounded by so many unfortunates, so many desolate, unhappy, hurting people. They need hope. This hope is not simply confidence in the future, but confidence that the past, present and future are held in God's hands and that God, in his providence, never abandons us.