Hope Unseen

Hope Unseen

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by Scotty Smiley, Dan John Miller

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Blindness became Captain Scotty Smiley’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, he resented the theft of his dreams, but with his wife’s love and the support of family and friends, Scotty’s response became God’s transforming moment. Since the moment he forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower,

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Blindness became Captain Scotty Smiley’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, he resented the theft of his dreams, but with his wife’s love and the support of family and friends, Scotty’s response became God’s transforming moment. Since the moment he forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower, he has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY Award, surfed, skydived, become a father, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, 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.” - Senator Bob Dole

"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." - Steven Curtis Chapman and Mary Beth Chapman

“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.” - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

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Captain Scotty Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army's first active-duty, blind company commander. He was named Soldier of the Year in 2007, won and ESPY in 2008, and has received the Bronze Star, Purple McArthur Leadership Award. He recently taught at West Point and now commands the Warrior Transition Unit. Scotty and his wife, Tiffany, are both from Pasco, Washington, and are the proud parents of two sons.


Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician, having appeared in Walk the Line, Leatherheads and My One and Only. Dan has garnered two Audie nominations, several AudioFile Golden Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly, and has been twice named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine. He has narrated books by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth and many others. Dan lives in the Detroit, Michigan, area with his wife and their daughter.

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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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