Stepping onto the American Idol stage just weeks after his first wife’s unexpected death, Danny Gokey experienced both the pinnacle of hope and the depth of despair. But his story began long before that. Danny’s dreams began to form when he was a child, only to take a turn he never could have predicted. As life unfolded, he learned that true purpose is found in relationships, and destiny is sometimes born out of our darkest moments.Now Danny wants you to embrace that same promise of hope. In this book, he shares his experiences in the high and low moments and offers compelling, hard-won wisdom to help you reach beyond your greatest challenges. Whether you struggle with relationships, loss, anger, self-esteem, or doubt that your dreams can come true, Danny’s down-to-earth encouragement and positive outlook will transform your life and reveal how you can move toward hope and take the next step to truly making a difference.
|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
About Danny’s Ministry:
Wanting to make a legacy of Sophia’s life, Danny utilized his American Idol™ platform and a growing vision to establish Sophia’s Heart, a nonprofit organization established in 2008 in honor of his late wife. He began meeting the needs of a hurting community by helping children and families who have been touched by poverty, sickness, disease, broken
homes, and broken dreams achieve a better lifestyle for themselves. By providing job-skill training for adults, tutorial help in school subject areas for children and teenagers, and a music and arts program to inner-city kids, Danny gives the opportunity for families to pursue their dreams in a safe environment.
To find out more about Danny’s organization, go to SophiasHeart.org. Also learn more about him at www.dannygokey.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Living Through the Eyes of My Heart Your heart is your real set of eyes 19
Chapter 2 A Crutch to Carry Us Through Hard times are periods of preparation 29
Chapter 3 Unexpected Hope: Don't allow the dark moments in life to distract you from what matters most 37
Chapter 4 A Long Good-bye: Hope will carry you when everything falls apart 47
Chapter 5 In the Shadow of My Darkest Moments: The power of your belief system will get you out of your darkest moments 55
Chapter 6 Wrestling with Letting Go Letting go of bitterness will keep you moving forward 63
Chapter 7 We All Start Somewhere: You can't control where you begin, but it doesn't have to determine where you're going 71
Chapter 8 The Day I Learned I Could Sing: The way you see the world has the power to shape your present and influence someone else's future 79
Chapter 9 Out of Place: Embrace your uniqueness and appreciate the beautiful differences in others 87
Chapter 10 Wandering Through Life: You have to reach through the dark to find an answer 95
Chapter 11 Strength from Within: Don't miss out on the good things right in front of you 107
Chapter 12 Impossibly Me: You are strong enough to keep being you 119
Chapter 13 A Greater Plan: You have to hope there's something better coming or you won't move toward it 131
Chapter 14 When Passions Collide Leave a legacy by investing in others 143
Chapter 15 A Relentless Challenge: If you give up too early, you will forfeit the gift of helping others 151
Chapter 16 A New Beginning: You have yet to accomplish all you were designed to do 165
Chapter 17 Hope in Front of You: Faith spins not by what you see but by what you believe 181
About the Author 197
Connect with Danny Gokey 199
About Sophia's Heart 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anyone that has heard of Danny Gokey, knows of the unexpected loss of his wife, Sophia. It is a compelling one and it and his big voice captured millions of fans on American Idol. In his book, Danny walks us through his normal life --as a kid growing up in a big family in Milwaukee. But the real story is the hope he found in his “darkest times” and how he tries to share that lesson with the reader. We join him through the gloomy days of dealing with his pain, the exhilarating days of finding hope on the big stage of American Idol, and the seemingly miracles he found awaiting him afterwards. Danny’s ability to let go of his anger at God over his loss, embrace a chance at a music career, a charitable foundation, and the start of a new family is a lesson for all of us. Hope can bring us to a new life. If we are willing to let go and let hope take us forward.
Rox! Listen to his song "Hope in Front of Me" and be renewed;)
A MUST READ FOR RENEWED HOPE Hope In Front of Me is a great encouragement for anyone who is grieving, stuck in grief, and would be a good complement to a Griefshare class. With each chapter, Danny walks us through his grief over losing his Sophia. He never gave up on hope even though he could have done so. Instead he kept moving forward; finding a new purpose in Sophia's Heart Foundation (SHF) by helping others. Danny shares his heart of faith and hope to encourage all of us to be ever mindful that there is always hope in front of us. Blessings, Sharon - Omaha.