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Hope Heals
Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love | Katherine Wolf, Jay Wolf
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When all seems lost, where can hope be found? Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family. On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame. Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chanceby embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls. An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, eight years later, Katherine and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope in this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.
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dne2004
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Beginning a new book that isn't what I usually read.

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MissKatie
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Christmas present. 🎁❤

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K&J pick up where the other one leaves off. Never speaking for each other, but instead writing in tandem from their unique perspectives. Her style is refreshing and inspiring, but I was drawn to Jay's candor and view. Refreshingly authentic and vulnerable. Hope is the perfect kind of dangerous.

InspirationClothesline It's been a long time since I read a nonfiction, memoir type book that read so easily-almost like fiction. Seeing them accept God's provision, and walk with grace through such tragedy leaves me speechless, and completely challenger. 4y
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"If Hope is only rooted in an outcome, then your expectations will crush you. The season of unrest begin to start 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?"

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Snuggled up on a cool Sunday afternoon during naptime and I'm coming to the end of this beautiful book. Some books become like good friends that are hard to say goodbye to. Hope Heals is just such a book.

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Romans 8 keeps appearing for me and yesterday it appeared in Hope Heals. Ok... Got the memo. 😉

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Did I mention that I can't put this book down?

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"If God is all-powerful and all-knowing and thus could've stopped this but did not, then he is in someway culpable. 'God why would you allow all the suffering to come into Katherine's life? God, how could you wound her so deeply? Why? WHY?' "

InspirationClothesline " ' OGod, I can't begin to understand what You're doing, but maybe Your paradoxes aren't as paradoxical as they seem. If You have been part of her wounding, then you must be part of her healing.' " 4y
Laura317 Sounds like a wonderful book! 4y
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A tragically beautiful picture of grace and hope in this story. I can't put it down. Tears, laughter, hope and a belief in God and community...

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Reading the pages of "Hope Heals" with my own almost 6 month old laying on my lap smiling up at me makes the story even more potent. Katherine and Jay Wolf had a 6 month old boy when Katherine almost lost her life and their whole world turned upside down. I cannot put it down.

Eastbriar Awww what a cutie! 😊 4y
Lakesidemusing How can you not "like" this photo?!? 4y
Libraryofmyown Greatest smile! 4y
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Amidst the chores sitting down for a short break to start this beautiful book.

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