Dr. Michael Youssef’s Newest Book, “Hope for This Present Crisis,”Provides Practical Ways to Speak Up Against the Destructive Narratives Promoted by Today’s Media
May 10, 2021
ATLANTA — “The post-Christian times in which we live are very much like the early Christian era in the Book of Acts. The dominant culture hated Christianity and tried to stamp it out,” says Dr. Michael Youssef, author of the new book, “Hope for This Present Crisis: The Seven-Step Path to Restoring a World Gone Mad.”
“I believe we are heading into a time of severe testing,” says Dr. Youssef. “We are about to find out if we are made of the same stuff as the apostles. We are about to find out if we are willing to stand for God’s truth, whatever the cost. Our culture has lost its mind. Now, we are waging a bigger fight—a war for our souls.”
The stakes are high for us today, and the temptation for many is to bury our heads in the sand and try to go back to living our lives as usual. We must be careful not to fall in this trap, however.
“As Christians, we must not surrender our society to the secularists,” says Dr. Youssef. “We are in a battle for the future of our children and grandchildren. We fight this battle with prayer and obedience to God’s Word. We don’t believe in silencing our opponents. We believe in fighting bad ideas with better ideas. And the best ideas of all are found in God’s Word.”
We must pray for the ability to accomplish God’s plans.
Dr. Youssef’s book, “Hope for This Present Crisis,” provides inspirational and practical ways for Christians to stand for truth when confronted by the destructive narratives promoted by today’s media:
- We can speak up. We can go to the contact page of our media outlets and praise them when they do a good job—and respectfully object when they promote a false narrative or attack our faith and values.
- We can organize and request to meet with media officials to present our views and complaints; the media can ignore individual emails but cannot ignore a chorus of many voices.
- We can speak up on social media. But before we do, we need to make sure our facts are correct and well-sourced. We need to focus on lifting up Jesus and His gospel, not on tearing down this group or that individual. And we need to be ready for the “blowback” from the godless “cancel culture.”
“[The apostles] could have prayed, ‘Lord, stop these evil men! Silence them! Defeat them! Thwart their plans!’ But that was not the prayer of Peter and John,” says Dr. Youssef. “Instead, they prayed, ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus’ (vv. 29–30). They prayed for boldness!”
And, if we become discouraged in the cultural battle, Dr. Youssef reminds us that “In any contest of ideas, whether we have the First Amendment and Supreme Court on our side, or our rights have been stripped from us and the entire world has risen against us—God’s truth will prevail.”
Dr. Michael Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States and fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and Fuller Theological Seminary in California, with a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He founded The Church of The Apostles which was the launching pad for Leading The Way’s international ministry. Dr. Youssef has authored more than 40 books, including popular titles like “Jesus, Jihad and Peace” and “Saving Christianity?”
Dr. Youssef is the host of the popular TV and radio broadcast Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, which airs more than 13,000 times every week across six continents in 26 languages—reaching audiences in nearly every major city in the world. His programs attract tens of millions of viewers weekly in the U.S. on major TV networks, including TBN, Daystar, Fox Business, Lifetime, GOD TV, CTN, NRB TV, and more.
Equipped with a keen understanding of the Bible, the Middle East, sociological trends in the Western world, and popular Christian worldview issues, Dr. Youssef is a sought-after voice whose expertise is regularly requested on both secular and Christian media, including Huckabee, Fox & Friends, Eric Metaxas, The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Christian Post, Fox News, Hannity, Glenn Beck, The 700 Club, and more. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
“Hope for This Present Crisis” is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House.
To interview Dr. Michael Youssef and to receive a review copy of “Hope for This Present Crisis,” contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.