WILLIAM F. LYNCH
Title: Images of Hope: Imagination as Healer of the Hopeless
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press June 1974
0268005370 / 9780268005375
Seller ID: 93039
The dawn of the twenty-first century caused us to hope that somehow, as awaking from a nightmare, we could leave behind the multiple horrors of the twentieth. Alas, new ones arise to take the place of the old, and require us to listen anew to those voices of the past generation or two who were able to speak of hope and exalt it even in the blackest darkness. Variously brilliant and revealing the mainspring of human morality and sanity, Josef Pieper sketched a theology, Gabriel Marcel a philosophy, and in this book, William Lynch a psychology of hope. Lynch, a literary critic and theologian rather than a psychotherapist, yet was thoroughly conversant with the discipline and its modern theorists, and believed that arousing and nourishing hope were fundamental to restoring the mentally stricken to health. Those of us who currently fit into the category of the ''well'' should pay attention to his claims, says Lynch, because just as the ''mentally ill'' maintain islands of sanity in their being, so the sane, likewise, harbor measures of insanity. Lynch's insights on the nature and mechanisms of hope, the recognition of hopelessness as a necessary dimension of existence to be creatively transcended, are constantly astonishing. Put another way (oh so prosaically) Lynch teaches us how to ''think outside the box'': Yes, there is a box, but there is also an ''outside.'' 319 pp.