Hope in Small Doses


Hope in Small Doses book cover

What is hope? Is it instinctive or learned? Is it necessary? And will it make us happy?

Following her husband’s death on 9/11, author Nikki Stern struggled to reconcile uncertainty with an outlook at least cautiously optimistic. Her search has led her to a version of hope that rejects absolutes, accepts doubt, and thrives on the joy of possibility.

By turns instructive and inspirational, Hope In Small Doses is a deeply moving counterpoint to the cult of anger, fear, and cynicism common to our times.  Readers will find it practical, good-natured, and ultimately up-lifting.

The original photography is by Cherie Siebert.

The book is a 2015 Eric Hoffer medal finalist for books that provoke, inspire, or redirect thought. It was also selected as BookWorks’ Book of the Week in November, 2017.

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Culture Shocks logoExcerpt from the interview between Nikki and Reverend Barry Lynn, host of “Culture Shocks” and executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.



To hear the entire 1 hour interview, click here.

CLICK on any of the images below to hear other interviews with Nikki:

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in review!

Good Reads logo“[Hope in Small Doses] is an adult book for adults, by a writer of clean prose who knows, really knows how to make a case and illustrate ideas. [Nikki] convinces by strength of gentle arguments and credible visions, because she is just like us.”

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Hope in Small Doses makes for an interesting read with a philosophical bent that will leave readers thinking long after turning the last page.”

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Hope goes to Sweden!
We were thrilled to find that one of the videos we created for Hope in Small Doses was picked up from YouTube to make its way onto a Swedish blog. Let’s hear it for humanist, hopeful Swedes! To see the blog page, click here.


3 Responses to Hope in Small Doses

  1. das says:

    A must read for anyone trying to reconcile hope and uncertainty. Stern makes no outlandish promises, but she does suggest that hope, even without a guaranteed outcome, is worth the effort.
    I believe her.

    • Steve Schlicht says:

      Hope, even without a guaranteed outcome, is worth the effort because without it the alternative outcome of complete loss to despair is guaranteed.

      As a veteran peace officer, violent crimes investigator, community service volunteer and first responder before, during and after hurricane Katrina, having been raised along the gulf coast from New Orleans to Biloxi, I have empirical evidence that hope, even in small doses, is the right medicine.

      It heals and it provides for human empathy, deep abiding selfless and unconditional love, and it not only helps us endure through our tragedies…it is the foundation upon which we ultimately prevail over them as a human family.

      Thank you, Nikki Stern, your experiences and insight are very much appreciated.


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