Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love

Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love

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ISBN-13: 9780310344544
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 70,466
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of insurmountable odds and hope that only Christ can give. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
katieking More than 1 year ago
While I expected to enjoy the book, I did not expect for it to be my favorite book I've read in a long time, and I didn't expect it to directly help me through my own difficult situation. Throughout the book, Katherine and Jay's rich, beautiful love story is told. "We would submit in that moment to care and to be cared for...out of love for God and gratitude for the relationship He had given us--a relationship the whole of which was growing far greater than the sum of its individual parts." In the midst of great trials, the love that grew in their marriage is a blessing of encouragement to all who read this book. Above all, Katherine and Jay point to God and how their faith grows deeper through trials. "Did we want what He gives or did we want Him? Did we want deliverance from the hurt or did we want the Deliverer of hope? God was inviting us into a deeper relationship with Him. He was inviting us into a relationship of trust, built not on what He would give us but on who He was." Amen. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who has suffered or knows someone experiencing suffering. It is beautifully written, and the ending is full of such sweet redemption (you won't want to miss it!).
Alex Wolf More than 1 year ago
Artful writing, gritty truth, gripping storytelling, and inspiring calls to embrace the story you've been given. I read this book in one sitting and look forward to reading it again. This book speaks to all people -- those enduring tragedy, those recovering, and those unknowingly heading into one of life's storms. GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK!
Summer-in-Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Katherine and Jay Wolf's tandem telling of their journey from charmed life to tragedy to healing through HOPE is captivating and superbly well written. It's also a beautiful picture of marriage as God intended it - selfless commitment, unconditional love, for better or worse, in sickness and in health. Theirs is not a feel good, "think positive" sugar coating of hard trials but just the opposite. Sometimes their suffering is so raw it's hard to read, which makes the lessons they learned in the midst of it and reveal in this book even more profound. Their story truly does "redefine healing and manifest hope."
Anonymous 10 days ago
I LOVED this book! So inspiring from beginning to end. I have now given it as a gift to several friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave me a lot to think about. I know God is in control and there is so much we just cannot understand. However, we can Trust God!
InspirationClothesline More than 1 year ago
Snuggled up on a cool afternoon during naptime and came 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. Written by a husband wife team - Jay and Katherine Wolf - one of my favorite parts of the story is that they tag team their story. Each picks up where the other has left off, but tells their portions of the story from their own perspective. Never once did I feel like they were "speaking for" their spouse and I was simply amazed at how the story unfolded. It's been a while since I read a non-fiction, memoir type book that read like fiction. But these two storytellers not only had me riveted to the story but also hanging on every word. I was so impressed by the caliber of writing. While I found Katherine's voice refreshing and interesting I was particularly struck by Jay's words. They are truly talented writers and their vulnerability and authenticity is totally refreshing. I cried, laughed aloud, and literally couldn't put it down. Carrying my book everywhere is sort of a "trait" of mine, but with this book I literally felt like it was an additional appendage. 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. 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 mind. 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. You know 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. I truly hope you pick up this story. Share it. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Janicekla More than 1 year ago
What happens when life turns out differently than you planned, much different than you expected? Do you wonder if God has made a mistake? Has He forgotten you? Hope Heals takes us on a journey with a beautiful young couple who faced devastating loss while nearly newlyweds and new parents...near death and back to life again. But back to a very different life, a different marriage, a different "new normal." Is it possible that what we think of as a detour is really part of God's plan all along? Hope Heals weaves eternal truths into a captivating true story of tremendous loss and miraculous healing. And yet, this healing isn't complete and will never be so on this side of eternity. How many of us feel incomplete in some way? How many of us long for that one thing to be different? Hope Heals can help you on your journey to coming to peace with some of life's disappointments and "detours." For if Katherine and Jay can go on and find renewed Hope and a sense of healing from it, then so can I...and so can you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you feel like the world around you is crumbling and nothing seems certain? Do you feel like you’ve lost all hope and are facing insurmountable experiences that you never would have imaged happening to you? If so, you are not alone. In their new book, Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love Katherine and Jay Wolf share their excruciating yet beautiful story of recovery after Katherine suffers a massive brain stem stroke. In these moments of trial and tribulation we often ask ‘why did this happen to me?’ or ‘what have I done to deserve this?’ but Katherine and Jay remind us that "sometimes suffering comes because of the decisions we make, sometimes it comes as a way for God to gauge His place in our hearts; and sometimes it comes simply as a by-product of living in a world that is in a state of falling apart (p.70)." Even though we cannot escape suffering, Katherine and Jay through their gripping, openly honest and raw retelling of their story shine HOPE and a message of perseverance that no trial is too big and no tribulation is a mistake – there is purpose in all of it. This is a must read book that you won’t want to put down once you’ve started. It will remind you that there is good in everything and to not “…wait to celebrate the life you have been given, even if it looks different from the one you thought you would have…as [you] may never arrive at the ending [you] hoped for, so if [you] waited until then to celebrate all that has been given to [you], that celebration might never come at all (p. 143/179).”
BrookeMardell More than 1 year ago
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 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
ChronicIllnessWarrior More than 1 year ago
“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!
StrokeOfGrace More than 1 year ago
As a young mom stroke survivor I love having Katherine's story to share with others. This book is so hope-filled, that while it offers a deeper understanding of my own medical journey, I know that friends will leave these pages with comfort and encouragement. This book is not only for strokies (stroke survivors) and those who love us. The life lessons shared have universal appeal. If you face ANY unexpected twist in your plans for life (and who doesn't?), YOU need to read this book!
MrsFrantz More than 1 year ago
Hope Heals is a beautifully inspiring story of love and hope. The love of a husband and wife amidst great tragedy; the love of the Heavenly Father to work out all things for their good; and the hope that even in our suffering and trials God does heal our souls, and one day will restore all things. I laughed and cried when reading this book, sometimes on the same page. Their story refreshed my own heart, as they were authentic in their emotions and heartache, yet held onto the unwavering truths of God goodness. Reading Hope Heals will be a blessing to any Christians, because we all experience trials and sufferings in this life both great and small. Hope Heals reminds us of the greatest truth that should guide all of our lives not knowing what tomorrow holds, "One day, we won't need to hope, nor will we need to be healed because we will be face-to-face with the source of both, the source of everything... Jesus. And in the glory of his face, the darkest suffering and loss we have endured will fade like shadows at daybreak."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
JanReads2 More than 1 year ago
Katherine Wolf had a 6-month old son, when she suffered a normally lethal brain stem stroke. The Neurosurgeon doctor did not know if he should even try to save her, but he operated anyway, and amazingly she lived! This book is so inspirational! It takes a tragic life and shows God’s good in it. Everyone who reads it can see where God’s good is in their own life. Katherine says in the book, “God spoke into that mess and revealed truth…” The stroke had made a mess of her life, and her husband Jay’s life. Together they tell their story.