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Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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As I read this book, tears streamed from my eyes even as joy flooded my heart. Jay and Katherine are a raw yet refreshing testimony to the unshakable trustworthiness of God amidst the unimaginable trials of life. This book reminds all of us where hope can be found in a world where none of us know what the next day holds. (David Platt, author of the New York Times bestseller Radical and president of the International Mission Board)
Hope Heals is a beautiful, true story that illustrates the love and protection God has for us even in the darkest times of our lives. Katherine and Jay’s dedication to each other and the Lord through their most devastating season is inspiring. This book will help your heart believe that He sees, He knows, He cares, and He is still working miracles today! (Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries)
Jay and Katherine Wolf have had our respect for years, but they have our hearts too. They’ll soon have yours. Hope Heals isn’t just a beautifully written book; it’s a duet by two people who love Jesus and love each other. It’s a book filled with a score of authentic high notes and painful low ones. This book isn’t just a moving story; it’s a song sung by two humble people and what they’ve learned about love when the cadence of their lives unexpectedly changed. (Bob and Maria Goff, balloon inflaters and author of the New York Times bestseller Love Does)
I stumbled upon Katherine’s blog near the beginning of her recovery. The words of a sister fighting for her life captivated us all. Now years later, she is fighting for our lives---for us to live the fullest we can with all that we’ve been given. Do not miss this! (Jennie Allen, founder and visionary of IF:Gathering and author of Anything and Restless)
I know Jay and Katherine, and I welcome this book, not just as a stirring account of facing tragedy but as a beautiful story of a couple’s relentless love---for God and for each other. (Philip Yancey, bestselling author of What’s So Amazing About Grace?)
The book you hold in your hands is so powerful, for if awful things happen to you, you now have a guide . . . Hope Heals may well be your most treasured companion through great trial and pain . . . Do not assume you’ve “heard it all before.” Theirs is a story so raw, visceral, and impossibly real that you can’t help but identify. (Joni Eareckson Tada, bestselling author and founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International)
About the Author
Katherine & Jay Wolf are parents, artists, communicators, and survivors. After meeting in college, they got married and moved to Los Angeles to pursue law school for Jay and the entertainment industry for Katherine. Their son James was born in 2007 and six months later, Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Miraculously, she survived and continues her recovery to this day. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of whole-hearted living and hope in Christ in many forums since 2008. Katherine, Jay, and their family currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. www.hopeheals.com
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This story is one of hope, as the title suggests, but it includes all the struggle, hurt, hardship and recurring tragedy they faced after Katherine experiences a life-changing, almost life-ending stroke. So as not to spoil the story I will just say that not only did the story speak to their own hardship but it also relays the story of tragedy that many face in daily life. Some of my favorite portions of the book come near they end when they are finally at a point where they can look back and see part of the "purpose" behind their story. That being said this story does not have an normal "arc" it's just more true to life then a typical beginning, middle, and end.
What I found most beautiful about the story was that they learned that hope is the best kind of dangerous. They Wolf's found that hope is what brought healing but it is also a dangerous way to find your hopes up, your hopes dashed, and a genuine hope for God's best in your life realized. I loved the portion of the book at the end that explore the Scripture that was foundational to their experience. One that was not highlighted at the end but was integral to the story and the book's theme was Hebrews 6:19 and I will never read it the same again. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." The Wolf's chose to anchor their hope in Jesus it was not rooted in their own human hopes for this life, but instead they hoped with eternity in min
Jay's love for his wife, Katherine's determination, and their commitment to each other and their faith is inspiring and incredibly motivating. The true beauty in this book is that this couple did not wait until the "end of their story" or until things were better to reflect on what they were learning and experience. They learned as they went and as they grew their story was able to blossom and develop even in the face of further setback. When they share that... "if hope is only rooted in an outcome, then your expectations will crush you. This season of unrest began to spark a firestorm of questioning, and we found ourselves redefining many things in every area of our lives. What was our truest home? What was our truest hope?" You know they are living it. Their hope was not rooted in an outcome but instead in Him. Nearing the last quarter of the book Jay really begins to dive into how this tragedy has impacted their marriage and boy was I challenged. He explains how serving Katherine changed him. Jay says, "I found that acting in love inevitably provoked true feelings of love, and the reverse was no less true." What I found so uniquely special about their story is how God provided for them, how they seized every moment, and truly accepted God's provision - His help. The Wolf's have an incredible ministry and have walked through each and every open door as they believed that their story will bring hope and healing to others. I truly hope you pick up this story. Share it. The Wolf's are people to watch, and to learn from. I am so grateful for all who helped them tell their story in Hope Heals.
** It was a profound experience to read the pages of Katherine and Jay's story as I held my own 5 month old Corban Hawk and he smiled up at me. Katherine and Jay had a little boy, James; who was just 6 months old when Katherine fell to the floor from a stroke that should have taken her life. **
***I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.***