About the Author
The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle is a leader in the development and use of appreciative inquiry in church and coaching settings.
Rob's Approach to Writing and Training
- Helpful: Training must provide practical, sustainable solutions for today's challenges.
- Humorous: Creativity and humor go together as people enjoy new insights.
- Healing: I create opportunities for people to experience transformational insights that lead to new ways of living, working, and being in the world.
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Helpful, Humorous, Healing
approach to training.
Practical Appreciative Inquiry based strategies to effectively resolve grief and resentment.
Restoring Hope Video
Watch author Rob Voyle help a client resolve traumatic grief using the strategies outlined in his book: Restoring Hope.
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Understanding The Nature of Hope
Hope is the ability to imagine a tomorrow that would be life-giving and enjoyable and know that you have the resources to achieve that future.
- What we imagine the future to be and
- How we imagine the future
Will impact our sense of hope or despair.
Hope and How we Image the Future
Since hope comes from our images of the future, understanding how we image that future is important if we want to restore people to a realistic future.
- What direction are you looking? Backwards or forwards?
- Are you living in the past, the present, or the future?
- When you imagine the future are your images appealing or discouraging?
In the spiritual life we are taught to live fully in the present moment. But we can only live fully in the present moment when the past is resolved and the future does not evoke anxiety.
When we are full of pain, grief or resentment we are preoccupied with our past and unable to look forward. When we are anxious about the future we are not able to imagine having the resources we need to meet our needs and achieve our preferred future.
To live fully in this present moment we need hope.
Time Doesn't Heal Anything
Contrary to popular opinion time doesn't heal anything. It is what you do during the time that brings healing or continues the injury.
Nor should it take a life-time to resolve everyday experiences or grief and resentment. When Jesus said "forgive" he didn't say take a life-time to do it.
By helping people to resolve:
- Painful Memories
- Grief and Resentment
We can restore them to hope by helping people turn from being trapped in the past to pursuing their preferred future.
A Realistic and Just Hope
Because hope is based on what we imagine the future to be we need to ensure that our hope is both realistic and just. Simply hoping problems will go away or bad things will stop happening is unhelpful.
Restoring Hope: Appreciative Strategies for Resolving grief and Resentment
Using strategies based in appreciative inquiry and the appreciative way Rob Voyle has produced a 208 page manual with detailed protocols that will help you coach and restore people to hope.
What Readers of Restoring Hope Say
This book is a gold mine of practical methods to make things better.
Ed Leidel, Episcopal Bishop and Congregational Coach serving North America.
Rob Voyle has produced the most comprehensive manual for dealing with the consequences of serious negative life events.
Andy Austin, author, The Rainbow machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal.
This book is filled with things you can actually do to heal from grief and resentment. Whether you use this book on your own, as a member of a group, or to help others, you will find here a resource rich with hands-on and effective strategies for healing. Jim Finley, author, Merton's Palace of Nowhere.
Restoring Hope Workshops and Tele-Seminars
We are providing a series of one day and two-and-a-half day Restoring Hope workshops at a variety of locations.
Please check the Training Schedule for further details.
Restoring Hope: Free Tele-Seminars
To help you deepen your understanding of the appreciative way of understanding and have several audio recordings that cover some of the material in the Restoring Hope book.
Listen to Dr. Voyle teach on Restoring Hope
Listen to Dr. Voyle teach on Resolving Painful Memories
Review the Chapter on Resolving Painful Memories
Listen to Dr. Voyle teach on Guilt, Shame, and Self Forgiveness