A new year and people hope for change. They make resolutions to be happier, healthier, wealthier. Sometimes they have workable plans to achieve their goals. Sometimes they keep their resolutions.

We have just left a year which, for many of us, was filled with despair. In our personal lives, there may have been losses, illnesses, disasters large and small. In our lives as American and global citizens, this has been one of the most challenging years of our lives.

What will 2018 bring? Earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, bigotry, bullying, harassment, the destruction of everything we hold dear? It doesn't have to be that way. Face the new year with fear, and you will attract that which you fear. Fear paralyses. Have hope that you can do a little bit to make 2018 a better year than 2017.

What can you do? You can love those around you. You can be kind. You can support groups which have the ability to make a positive difference in our country and in the world. You can stand up for what is right and good. You can vote. Have hope that things will get better. 

Oh, and read more in 2018. Here are books that deal, in different ways, with the concept of hope.

The anatomy of hope : how people prevail in the face of illness /Groopman, Jerome E.   616 GRO
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on reclaiming the American dream/Obama, Barack   973.049 OBA

Everything must change: Jesus, global crisis, and a revolution of hope/McLaren, Brian D.   261 MCL

Finding hope: ways to see life in a brighter light/Jevne, Ronna Fay   152.4 JEV

The givenness of things : essays /Robinson, Marilynne,   814.54 ROB

The greatest prayer : revolutionary manifesto and hymn of hope /Crossan, John Dominic.   242.722 CRO

Hope again /Swindoll, Charles R.   248.86 SWI

Made for goodness : and why this makes all the difference /Tutu, Desmond   170 TUT

A path appears : transforming lives, creating opportunity /Kristof, Nicholas D.   361 KRI

Promise ahead: a vision of hope and action for humanity's future/Elgin, Duane   128 ELG

Reason for hope: a spiritual journey/Goodall, Jane   590.92 GOO

Stitches : a handbook on meaning, hope and repair /Lamott, Anne.   204.4 LAM

Where is my home? : a theology of hope as the outcome of despair /Bednâaér, Zdenéek F.   270.82 BED