The Promise of Hope

Guideposts Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan talks about writing The Promise of Hope, and telling his own inspiring story.

By Edward Grinnan

As appeared in

"Whaddya, writing a book?”

That’s what my big brother, Joe, would say to me when he was home on leave from military college. Apparently it was the standard retort upperclassmen used to silence inquisitive plebes.

At long last I can say yes.

I finished writing The Promise of Hope last fall after a year or so of work, often on weekends or late at night, when I’d sometimes get an aggrieved call from my wife, Julee, asking, “How’s War and Peace coming?”

Tolstoy I’m not, but I do think it’s a pretty good book because the process forced me to be honest about the reasons I was writing the book. Again, Julee played a role. When I told Julee I planned to write about some of the inspiring people whose stories I’d helped tell in Guideposts, she asked, “You’re going to include your own story, right?”

I hadn’t planned to. Julee looked dismayed. “You’re trying to help people, I assume? Then tell your story too. Your story is why I married you.”

So I did, starting with the day that—for reasons I can’t fully fathom—I wandered into the Guideposts offices, desperate for a job. I talk about what led to that point and reveal my personal struggles finding my faith. I journey back to my childhood where I rediscover the love of my family, and share how I found a new sort of family at Guideposts.

This is as much a book about you as me, about your incredible stories of hope and inspiration, and how they changed me, literally how they saved me. I describe this journey of change and identify the 9 steps to powerful personal renewal.

Yes, there is a reason I ended up at Guideposts, and this book might be it.

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This is a must read book. It is an encouraging book, one to give hope for all who have, are or will struggle in life. Edward shows in the way. It is an excellent read.

I just finished reading "The Promise of Hope". It was a wonderful way to spend the weekend, and I am filled with admiration at your honesty and bravery. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

I just finished your book, and I want to tell you how much it moved me. Two things stuck out to me: the intensity and openness of your gaze on the cover. It is hard to believe that that is the same person I read about between the covers of that book. Secondly, you mentioned that while in rehab you heard someone sobbing...and realized it was you. I found myself crying out loud when your brother, Bobby, was found. I have never had to deal with an addiction problem within my family, or lost a sibling. I have, however, been widowed twice and miscarried my first, much wanted, baby. I think there is a universality of pain, which helps us all relate to the pain of another person. Thank you for sharing yourself so openly.

Joan Lincoln

Thanks for sharing your book withe me. I cannot wait for you next one to come out.



Your book opened up a new understanding and love for you, Ed Grinnen. I'm so thankful you responded so beautifully to your wife's suggestion to include your own story. I, too, grew up in Michigan but moved away wanting to leave my strict Dutch upbringing! In lust and a rebellious spirit we struggled through years of selfish living, inspite of God's provision of five healthy children (good Dutch stock :) )

As we share our selves openly and honestly God can use us for advancing the Kingdom. I took life too seriously for many years but near 75 I learned to laugh at myself! What Joy now to live life trusting Jesus with growing me up to be more like Him! That's my desire!

Your 101 Moments of Hope have inspired my often! Thanks for sending that as a gift along with your own journey. I am ready to pass it along for others to enjoy.

Last week I got a surprise at my front door with a boxed gift from Guideposts! Beautifully designed and executed Christmas globe! Thanks, again!

I am a blessed of God 78 year-old!

Praising Him,