HQ – What is it? Why Do You Need It?

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You’ve heard of IQ (intelligence quotient), you may even know your number.

You may have heard of EQ (emotional quotient), and like me, you may even believe it’s important.

But have you heard of HQ?

Hope Quotient

I’ll admit that up until about a month ago, I had no clue how to answer the questions:

HQ – What is it? Why do you need it?

But that was before I received a copy of Ray Johnston’s book, The Hope Quotient – Measure It. Raise It. You’ll Never Be the Same. 

HQ - What is it? A review of Hope Quotient and why I think everyone needs to read this book...


Why do some people thrive emotionally, seem more happy, more fulfilled? 

Thriving people thrive for one reason—they commit to things that
produce inner strength and hope. 

HQ - What is it? A review of Hope Quotient and why I think everyone needs to read this book...

I devoured this book. Rev is reading it. We’re giving copies to our children.

It’s a book I believe you will read and reread.


Because Johnston not only tells you why having hope is important; he offers a simple test to help you find your HQ and gives clear steps to help you increase hope.

If you’d like to learn how unleashing hope can improve your marriage, your relationship with your children, your career, your church and community . . . you need this book.

Ray Johston has a rich and varied background as a university and graduate-school professor, speaker, writer, and founder of Thrive Communications. He is also the founding pastor of Bayside Church in the Sacramento, California suburb of Granite Bay, which Ray describes as “a church for people who don’t like church.”

Quotes from The Hope Quotient

[Tweet “”When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.” ~Charles L. Allen”]

“Hope is not wishful thinking or blind optimism . . . the kind of hope on which I’ve built my life is a confident expectation that God has better days ahead.” ~RJ

“I cannot find anything that has been destroyed without discouragement being the underlying cause.” ~RJ

“Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.” ~RJ

Praise for The Hope Quotient

“Ray Johnston is a high energy, life-giving, people=building hope machine. I am so glad he’s passing some of his secrets on for you and me.” ~John Ortberg

“If you are discouraged, down, or disheartened, Ray Johnston’s book The Hope Quotient is just what you need. This book will build your faith, give you strength to move forward, and help you overcome the challenges before you. Sometimes all you need is a little hope.” ~Craig Groeschel

“Ray has done a great job unpacking ways in which you can live every moment of every day with inescapable hope, spurring us on to be generous with our families, workplaces, local communities, and people all over the world who need a little hope.” ~Peter Habyarimana, Church Engagement, Compassion International

“In the following pages Ray Johnston unleashes the hidden power of hope in a way that will change your life forever. This book will reignite your passion for dreaming big and stepping into the fullness of all God has for you. You’re going to be hard pressed to find a book with more motivation or inspiration. Ray doesn’t just teach about hope, he embodies it. This is a must read.” ~Margaret Feinberg

It’s time to assess your hope quotient.

It’s time to take action and increase hope.

It’s time to pour encouragement into the people around you.

Hope in Scripture

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:5

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

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    1. It really is an excellent book Kathleen. Rev said last night . . . he thinks its a must read for everyone. Blessings and Hugs!

  1. Hope is the breath of my life! I am definitely adding this to my “read” list. Great review. Visiting from W2W today. Glad I did.

  2. Thanks for the heads-up about Ray Johnston’s book! I’ve heard him speak at Bayside, here in Roseville, but I haven’t read his book yet. Your review makes me want to run out and buy it right now! Hope is incredibly important. It is what keeps us going…

    Blessings, Joan

  3. I love this! Thank you so much for letting me know about this book. HOPE is my favorite word. I can’t wait to read the book.