Deeper Hope:

An Abiding Virtue

This book explores the meaning -- and application -- of Christian Hope. It takes the fuzzy concept of Hope and reveals it in everyday settings



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"Ray Hollenbach has been a significant voice in my spiritual life. Over the years his books, messages, and friendship have been a consistent and challenging inspiration for me as a disciple of Jesus." ~ John Mark McMillan, songwriter, singer, and church leader. 



“Ray Hollenbach has shown himself to be a perceptive coach of the church and its struggles to engage with our times. As churches navigate leadership and discipleship, Ray is keenly astute to the issues we all must navigate. Biblically grounded, culturally savy and born of a love for Jesus, I highly recommend his work to all churches seeking direction for the challenges that lie ahead.”  ~ David Fitch, author and Betty R. Linder Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary


"Ray is a deep listener, adept at coaching both individuals and groups, and wise in both the ways of the Spirit and the needs of God's people. He has the uncommon ability to see any situation through a glass that is perpetually half-full, identifying and leading others to see the Holy Spirit at work. " ~ Rev. Paul Detterman, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, River Forest, IL

"Ray Hollenbach knows how to be a disciple and how to make disciples. More important, he can energize your church to do the same." ~ Pastor Happy Leman, The Vineyard Church, Urbana, IL
Read this testimonial from the pastor of a small-but-passionate country church.

"Ray shared his philosophy of ministry with me: He doesn’t seek to impose his ideas on his clients. Rather he deftly draws out the best in them." ~ Brian Banashak, Author




Ray's Bio:

Ray Hollenbach is a husband, a father, a writer, a (former) pastor, a businessman, and a student of Jesus. Ray has written about faith and culture for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,,, Relevant Magazine, My Faith Radio, and Collide Magazine. He currently lives among the irenic hills of central Kentucky, which are filled with faith and culture.

Ray helps people and organizations navigate change. After 15 years as a pastor he now helps church leaders focus upon spiritual formation and creating church-wide cultures of discipleship.

Ray has a Master's degree in theology from Campbellsville University, and a degree in communications from Illinois State University. He works as a Lecturer in Theology at Campbellsville University. He is the author of Deeper Grace, a book designed to widen our understanding of grace from "salvation" to transformation, and The Impossible Mentor, a book on the foundations of discipleship. His other work includes smaller devotionals for various seasons, 50 Forgotten Days and 25 Days of Christmas and A Month of Thanksgiving. He also has a small collection of very short stories addressing spiritual themes, The Man with All the Answers (and other spiritual stories).