In 2008, first-time parents Katherine and Jay were living their dream. But suddenly their happy life was derailed when Katherine suffered a near-fatal stroke that left her with double vision, difficulty speaking, and a paralyzed arm. Was this what God had planned for her lif... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Apr 26, 2016
- UPC: 9780310344544
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 256
- Publish Date: Apr 26, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012040"
- ISBN: 0310344549
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- It's like an elbow-nudge to your side, reminding you not to skip any parts. Even the scary ones. by Brooke Mardell on 4/26/2016
Just days before receiving this book, we started living its story. My 39 year old husband had a massive heart attack and I was told to say goodbye.
Reading this book felt like kneeling beside Katherine and Jay inside the holy of holies, daring to voice both lament and praise. We’ve practiced this voice before. Hearing Katherine’s words “I can give God the glory, and it can still hurt.” (p.16) felt was like meeting friends who spoke the same language to the same God: the God who can take it. And the God who meets us in it.
And true to her words, this book brought both glory and hurt. Glory in hearing another story redeemed in the midst of loss; hurt in facing a story similar to our own, and echoing the terror of those who have been asked to say goodbye to someone they love and hello to their fears, wondering if, in Jay's words, we would “no longer be a casual observer of the pain but the recipient.”
But slowly, day by day, we would read a little more. And then close the pages of their story and discuss the pages of our own. This book became like an elbow-to-the-side from a friend, saying “hey, talk about this part … yes, that part too. Don’t skip it.” Read this book not only to hear their story, but to hear your own, and dare to dig in. Don't skip it. Because HOPE just might look different than you think, but it heals the deepest parts of us.
- Brooke Mardell, Author of Friday's Rain: revealing what grief washes away
- A story of HOPE and HEALING by Steph on 4/26/2016
“Hope Heals” is the true story of Jay and Katherine Wolf. They were a young married couple with a six-month-old baby, when they faced the greatest challenge of their lives. When they were both only 26 years old, Katherine survived a massive brain stem stroke, and Jay became her primary caregiver.
The book tells the story of the seven years past her stroke, in alternating voices from Katherine and Jay. It is interesting to read the challenges they each faced in the days following her stroke, both greatly affected by it in very different ways. They discuss everything they went through personally as well as a family during the stroke, the recovery, and after coming home to adjust to their new normal. This story is about two warriors facing the greatest battle of their lives, trusting and submitted to a God who is even greater than the battle that they face and bigger than their devastating circumstances.
I highly recommend that every person going through suffering read this story. When I say suffering, I mean suffering of many kinds—from physical sickness to divorce; I’ve heard so many people greatly moved and comforted by this story. It’s incredibly moving to see two people go through such a massive change in their lives, and yet stay anchored to their hope in Christ and to each other. After reading this book, your suffering may not change, but your perspective on that suffering will. Their hope is contagious, and it definitely encouraged me in my own suffering.
I also highly encourage anyone who is married or even single with the desire to marry to read this book. This is one of the most beautiful pictures of a covenantal marriage I’ve ever seen. Their love for each other during a situation that would surely cause many people to divide is deeply inspiring. They clung to their faith and each other in a way many people would not in such circumstances. They truly do their best to live out an Ephesians 5 marriage, and what a beautiful example they are to fellow believers.
In short, Jay and Katherine’s story will encourage your heart. Jay’s love and devotion to Katherine will inspire you to love the ones around you more; and Katherine’s strength and perseverance will inspire you to hold on through whatever trial you are going through. Do not miss out on a chance to be blessed—on April 26th, 2016, buy Hope Heals and a box of Kleenex—because this beautiful story will move you to tears!
- When you have lost all hope... by Julie on 3/17/2016
Hope Heals has been an amazing story about the lives of Katherine and Jay Wolf when at a very young age Katherine experiences a stroke that in any other circumstance should have killed her. But God had other plans! This book was so openly written that I had several moments reading where I needed to put it down for a couple days. They write in a way that a fiction tale would bring you immediately into the life of the characters. The story of hope that each gives is life giving to the reader. While I do not have a life experience the same as them I do have areas in my life where I have lost all hope and THIS has given me a new hope!