Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston (Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!!!!)

About the Book:



Every once in a while a book comes along that changes the way everyone thinks. That’s what
happened in 1996 when Daniel Goleman wrote Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ. “EQ” is
now a part of daily vocabulary. But author and communicator Ray Johnston has discovered that measuring one’s
EQ may not be as important as measuring another factor: hope.
As a pastor, leader and founder of the Thrive Conference, an annual meeting for leaders in
communication, Johnston has spent years dealing with all sorts of people. In his observations, he has
noted a direct correlation between someone’s hopefulness and their success in all areas of life. Johnston
explains this connection and its importance in The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You’ll Never Be the Same

“Unlike IQ and EQ, which are largely inherited,” says Johnston, “your degree of hope, your Hope Quotient or HQ
can be developed to any level.” In The Hope Quotient, Johnston will offer an online diagnostic test that becomes
the reader’s personal roadmap to measuring and increasing their HQ. Understanding the assessment determines
which of the seven essentials they need to improve in order to raise their score:
1. Recharge your batteries
2. Raise your expectations
3. Refocus on the future
4. Play to your strengths
5. Refuse to go it alone
6. Replace burnout with balance
7. Play great defense
The test was developed at Regent University under the supervision of Dr. William Brown, professor and research
fellow in the Department of Strategic Communication & Journalism. Upon purchase of the book, readers will be
given access to the test and can start raising their HQ immediately.
Johnston believes anyone can have hope and everyone needs it: “Regardless of your background, regardless of
your job, regardless of your personal make up of life history, the priority of staying encouraged by learning how to
increase your Hope Quotient can change everything.”

About the Author:

Ray Johnston is the founding pastor of Bayside Church in Sacramento, one of the largest churches in the nation.
Ray is the founder of Thriving Churches International and Thrive Communications, Inc. He is a veteran of both
youth and adult ministry through Youth Specialties, Ray serves on the Board of Directors at Azusa Pacific where
he graduated. Ray and his wife, Carol, have four children.

Purchase Link:

The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same.

My Note and GIVEAWAY:

I accepted this book purely as a "book spotlight", but they sweetly sent me a copy anyway. I have NOT read the book the whole way through. I have had the chance to flip through and do a bit of "cheese platter" reading. To be honest, I'm always a little skeptical when it comes to books like this. BUT, I like what I've seen of it *so far*. I battle fiercely with depression sometimes, and I know I'm not alone with that. I haven't came across anything so far that would make me not recommend it to you. If you're like me with depression or just "down" times, definitely put your name in the giveaway hat!

To Enter:

-Leave me a comment with a spam free e-mail address or some way to contact you.
-Must be 13 years or older to enter.
-Ends August 6, 2014
-Winner will be chosen by Random.org

For an extra entry:

-Advertise this giveaway in any way(twitter, facebook, blog, etc) and leave me a 2nd comment telling me you did so.


  1. Hope is very important (hence my blog name :-) ), and as a fellow sufferer of dark times, I think this book might do me good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Hope is something we can´t live without!

  3. I like that this book is written by a Pastor.
    I would assume that to mean we would find Biblical hope.
    Hope is something we all need.
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  4. Sounds like my type of book!
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  5. This sounds like an interesting book!

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  7. Hope is so important. Without hope it is hard to have faith. After all, faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen.