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Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer
     

Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer

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by Scotty Smiley, Doug Crandall (With)
 

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Hope Unseen challenges readers to question their doubts, not their beliefs, and depend upon God no matter what—the inspiring true story of “blind” faith.

A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in

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Hope Unseen challenges readers to question their doubts, not their beliefs, and depend upon God no matter what—the inspiring true story of “blind” faith.

A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helpless . . . and blind.

Blindness became Scotty’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, Captain Smiley resented the theft of his dreams—becoming a CEO, a Delta Force operator, or a four-star general.

With his wife Tiffany’s love and the support of his family and friends, Scotty was transformed—the injury only intensifying his indomitable spirit. Since the moment he jumped out of a hospital bed and forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower, Captain Scotty Smiley has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY as Best Outdoor Athlete, surfed, skydived, become a father, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, commanded an army company, and won the MacArthur Leadership Award.

Scotty and Tiffany Smiley have lived out a faith so real that it will inspire you to question your own doubts, push you to serve something bigger than yourself, and encourage you to cling to a Hope Unseen.

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“Scotty Smiley’s story is one all Americans should hear. It will inspire them in tough times and help them through some of the difficult challenges they face in life.”

"I have known Scotty Smiley for nearly ten years—since the beginning of his friendship with my son Edward at West Point. He was a role model for our family before his injury, and his impact on us has only grown since that day in Mosul. Scotty has an incredible story to tell and God is using him in a remarkable way. All of the Grahams look forward to reading and sharing Scotty's story with millions."

“Scotty Smiley is an American Hero! Scotty and Tiffany have been an inspiration to the Duke Community, to Team USA Basketball, and to me personally. He shared his story with our Olympic Gold Medal– winning basketball team, and now he shares it with all of us to show how character ultimately wins.”

“Scotty's story has not only motivated me to trust in the Lord, but also to make the most of all circumstances in life, good and bad. Scotty is the epitome of the old adage, ‘when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.’ Life handed him a gigantic lemon and he's in turn trusted God and is making lemonade by the barrel. I look forward to helping spread his example to people everywhere.”

“Beyond the extraordinary courage and hope and faith in God that this book brought to life, it was just impossible to put down. Riveting.”

"It's been said, 'The worth of one's character is measured by the trial of adversity.' Hope Unseen is a compelling, inspiring, true story about courage, faith, and character revealed. You'll never want to complain about your circumstances again!"

"I love a great story, and the story of Scotty Smiley is not only a great story of a true hero, but this gem is so well written that you will cry, laugh, and cheer as you turn the pages."

"Captain Scotty Smiley was put to the ultimate test of faith and passed with flying colors, turning what was intened for evil into good. His determination to overcome and to allow God to be honored in the telling of his story is richly conveyed through this book."

Senator Bob Dole
“Scotty Smiley’s story is one all Americans should hear. It will inspire them in tough times and help them through some of the difficult challenges they face in life.”
Franklin Graham
"I have known Scotty Smiley for nearly ten years—since the beginning of his friendship with my son Edward at West Point. He was a role model for our family before his injury, and his impact on us has only grown since that day in Mosul. Scotty has an incredible story to tell and God is using him in a remarkable way. All of the Grahams look forward to reading and sharing Scotty's story with millions."
Coach Mike Krzyzewski
“Scotty Smiley is an American Hero! Scotty and Tiffany have been an inspiration to the Duke Community, to Team USA Basketball, and to me personally. He shared his story with our Olympic Gold Medal– winning basketball team, and now he shares it with all of us to show how character ultimately wins.”
Tyler Brayton
“Scotty's story has not only motivated me to trust in the Lord, but also to make the most of all circumstances in life, good and bad. Scotty is the epitome of the old adage, ‘when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.’ Life handed him a gigantic lemon and he's in turn trusted God and is making lemonade by the barrel. I look forward to helping spread his example to people everywhere.”
Dave Ramsey
"I love a great story, and the story of Scotty Smiley is not only a great story of a true hero, but this gem is so well written that you will cry, laugh, and cheer as you turn the pages."
Steven Curtis Chapman
"Captain Scotty Smiley was put to the ultimate test of faith and passed with flying colors, turning what was intened for evil into good. His determination to overcome and to allow God to be honored in the telling of his story is richly conveyed through this book."
Patrick Lencioni
“Beyond the extraordinary courage and hope and faith in God that this book brought to life, it was just impossible to put down. Riveting.”
LTG R. L. VanAntwerp
"It's been said, 'The worth of one's character is measured by the trial of adversity.' Hope Unseen is a compelling, inspiring, true story about courage, faith, and character revealed. You'll never want to complain about your circumstances again!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451672916
Publisher:
Howard Books
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
363,312
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Captain Scotty Smiley is the Army’s only active-duty blind officer. He lost the use of both eyes when a car bomber blew himself up in front of Scotty’s vehicle. A recipient of the bronze star and Purple Heart, he currently teaches the core course in leadership at West Point. Scotty and his wife Tiffany are the proud parents of two young children.

Doug Crandall served in the Army for thirteen years, including the last five at West Point where he was an award-winning leadership teacher and later the Executive Officer to the Dean. Doug now lives in Richland, Washington, with his wife Stephanie and their children.

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Hope Unseen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
LMTTX More than 1 year ago
You can't put this book down once you begin it--through the tears you will shed while reading it, you will come to appreciate that Scotty puts the words of Phil 4:13 into action. Scotty's story reminds us that 'we' are not here for ourselves--our wants/wishes , BUT we are here on this planet to be used by God--we are on HIS mission. GOD will help us to do HIS will, if we put our faith and trust in HIM, which Scotty did. Scotty and TIffany have lived out the wedding vows of 'for better or worse' and revealed their commitment to God and to each other. You will be changed by reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This man is amazing and his story is one every American should read! His sacrifice is just one of many made for our freedom by hundreds of thousands of service men and women. What makes Scotty special was his mental choice to keep LIVING and not give up even when his world was shattered. Everyone will get something out of this book!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Captain Scotty Smiley, might not see things like we do, but it doesn't mean he doesn't see what is important and how to live his life despite seemingly difficult circumstances. While serving in Mosul in Iraq he became the target of a suicide bomber and subsequently lost his eyesight. He could have dealt with things as most of us would have and simply come home and attempt to live a life as best as he could now being completely blind, but he didn't. He did things most of us only imagine. He scaled the heights of Mt. Rainer, served as the army's first action-duty blind officer and its first blind company commander. He continues to inspire countless numbers of people including myself to stop feeling sorry for what life has dealt you and instead move forward in the grace and strength that God has given us all. In each chapter, you see how difficult things are for Scotty to pick up the pieces and simply do what all of us with sight can do. Perhaps we are the ones who are truly blind and Scotty has been given a different set of eyes to see the possibilities in life, if we are only willing to take a step of faith and move forward. I truly believe that this book is a great inspirational story and the perfect gift for those facing their own set of unique circumstances that are attempting to hold them back. It will hopefully provide them with enough hope that they don't have to settle for anything less than what God has in store for them. The possibilities are truly endless. I received Hope Unseen by Captain Scotty Smiley compliments of Howard Books, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I truly value my gift of sight, and wouldn't know where to begin to do even some of the things that Scotty did. I could never imagine in my wildest dreams, taking on a mountain climb to a 14,000 foot summit, across endless ice bridges only strong enough to support one man, and knowing you must walk it alone with only words and a rope as your guide. Just closing my eyes and attempting to navigate a sidewalk is challenging enough for me. Scotty Smiley is a true inspiration to those of us that often wonder where the heroes are in this world. In my book, he is one of the greatest. I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this one if you are feeling with no hope in your life. Perhaps it might change how you "see" your life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"hope unseen" is very hard to put down. the arthurs life story gives much hope to alot of peoples lifes who feel discouraged and have alot of doubts about the situations in there lifes that their going through or having to face. scotty smiley was a decorated soldier with a promising career until a terrorist car exploded in his face and caused him to lose his sight. however this brave soldier did not give up on his faith and courage and got a teaching position in the military were he teachs class`s on leadership and in this book he shows how you can make it through the dificult storms that you face with courage and faith this is a truly amazing book and would make a fine gift for a friend or family member
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope Unseen is a wonderful account of one man's faith in God through unexpected circumstances. Captain Smiley candidly shares his experiences, thoughts, trials, and triumphs with the reader. Scotty and Tiffany Smiley's lives are a testimony of God's faithfulness to His children and are an inspiration to others.
MSaff More than 1 year ago
You've graduated from The Military Academy at West Point and you've completed your Ranger Training, a required course for all First Lt.s. coming out of West Point, before you are allowed to lead soldiers in the field. You're also a newly wed and looking forward to living a full life with your bride. Your orders come in and you are heading to Iraq. Both your wife and you have been church going, praying and Bible reading Christians all of your lives. So, everything is going your way and a year long tour in Iraq is only going to be a small bump in your life's road. This was Scotty Smiley's life. While in Iraq he was leading a patrol searching out insurgents and evil doers, when a suicide bomber detonated an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), just meters away. This device sent shrapnel into Smiley's head, body and eyes, rendering him unconscious and blind. "Hope Unseen", is the true story of Captain Scotty Smiley, as told by him. This story is one of courage, spirit, determination and most of all Faith. Neither Scotty nor his wife, Tiffany, ever lose faith nor turn away from God on their perilous journey of rebuilding their lives and rehabilitation. It is the story of conquering obstacles both seen and unseen. Follow Scotty Smiley as he describes this unforgettable story. I commend Captain Smiley for his courage and dedication. This story should be in everyone's To Be Read List, and will undoubtedly become a Best Seller.
Lorie Swisher More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful, inspirational and honest. It is refreshing to read something that isn't phoney or preachy. I couldn't put it down.
SheriS More than 1 year ago
Happened to see Captain Smiley on TV discussing his book. I was immediately captured by his incredible story and his wonderful wife. Reading this book is an incredible journey with Captain Smiley from his days at West Point to his war experiences to an amazing faith which sustained him in his difficult days. This book is difficult to put down and have recommended it to many people! Great patriot who lives what he believes!
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Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a big fan of books about people who lived through a traumatic event, and I’ll tell you why. Some books tell readers everything about a person’s life, when really, we just want to know about the traumatic event and recovery, with enough backstory to make it meaningful. But please, don’t tell me about your sixth grade dance. Other books about traumatic events either don’t feel authentic, as in, the author doesn’t really let us see the ugly side of their journey because he/she doesn’t want to seem unspiritual. Still other books are interesting enough but fail to inspire because it’s difficult to translate the lessons into the reader’s life. None of the above were true of Unseen Hope. I truly loved this book. It’s well-written, to the point, and painfully, satisfyingly honest. What happens when a man of God loses his sight? Well, in Capt. Smiley’s case, he didn’t kumbayah-away the pain. He didn’t want to pray. He didn’t even want others to pray for him. This is tough stuff. But his journey didn’t end there. He overcame so much, it was just jaw-dropping mind-boggling to read about. His wife Tiffany played an incredible role in her husband’s life. They had been married sixteen months before his injury, only four months of which were spent together. In his book, Capt. Smiley says: “’The me who could see was used to climbing mountains and thanking God for coming along. The me who could not see was totally dependent. “You need to trust Me, Scotty,” I sensed God telling me “And you need to depend on others.” I can do all things. There is nothing in the Bible that qualifies that statement, nothing that says I need eyes. It says only that I need Christ. It was a truth that my blindness was going to help me see. My confidence was being moved away from self—from my own ability to see and control—to a new hope, a hope unseen.’” (p. 148) His story is truly inspirational. If you get a chance, read it. You’ll be so glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true story that illustrates the sacrifices made by men and women who are defending our freedom around the world. The story provides an inside look at the battle many injured soldiers deal with when the return home.
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This is truly a story of an American hero. His recovery is even more heroic than the service that placed him in harms way. The courage of Captain Smiley and his wife are admirable. Great read.
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