Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light

Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light

by Nika Maples

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Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light by Nika Maples

When you are experiencing a season of difficulty and hope is hard to find, hunt for it by holding onto God's character and letting Him reveal all the possibilities you can't even imagine. At twenty years of age, when all hope seemed lost, Nika Maples searched for it boldly and defied all odds to recover from a devastating stroke that left her unable to walk, speak, or even blink. The lessons from that struggle are powerful and universal. In Hunting Hope, Nika uses real life examples and biblical insight to show you how to become a hope hunter by seeking God when you feel surrounded by darkness. As you read Nika's journey, you'll learn to rest in the assurance that-even while living in hardship-there is always hope in Christ.

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ISBN-13: 9781617956652
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,270,930
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


Nika Maples is the author of Twelve Clean Pages, the memoir of her survival of lupus and a stroke that left her quadriplegic at age 20. After learning to walk and talk again, she became a public school teacher, winning 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. She holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and currently is pursuing an MDIV from The King’s University. When she is not traveling to speak, she lives, writes, and laughs as much as possible in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Hunting Hope

Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light


By Nika Maples

Worthy Publishing Group

Copyright © 2016 Nika Maples
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61795-665-2



CHAPTER 1

HE LET IT HAPPEN


God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.

Acts 17:24–28 NKJV


A FRIEND OF MINE owns sixteen heavily wooded acres in east Texas. His wife has made their two-story log cabin, complete with wraparound porch, so warm and charming, it is worthy of a feature in Southern Living magazine. Every crisply curtained window, every pitcher of wildflowers is placed with mindful grace. Hummingbirds thrum in the eaves. Porch rockers creak with contentment. Around the cabin, my friend has kept the land and foliage with a similar elegance of attention for two decades.

A few years ago, he needed to clear a key area on their property so he took his tractor and chainsaw to fell some dying trees. It was something he had done many times. On the last tree of the day, he cut a large V-notch in the front of the trunk and headed back to the tractor to pull the chain around the tree. Before he started the engine, he heard an echoing pop behind him. The oak wasn't supposed to be coming down yet. He only remembers jumping off the tractor. It may have been close to an hour before he regained consciousness.

Facedown.

The oak lay beside him. Both of his forearms were in pieces. His collarbone had snapped. His T12 vertebra was broken. For another hour, he drew enough aching breath to yell for help. He had to. His cell phone had landed twenty feet away, on the other side of the tree.

Thank God for the warmth of Texas Februarys. A teenaged neighbor felt uncomfortably hot while playing video games and opened the windows to let in some air. He thought he heard a small voice calling, so he stopped, leaned and listened outside the window, but then went back to his chair and resumed the game. After stopping, going to the window, and restarting the game several times, he was convinced he must be hearing things.

Then he recognized the voice.

"It's Dr. Howard!" he yelled as he ran out the door, tearing through the woods to find his neighbor. Within minutes, an ambulance was on its way.

The paramedics placed Dr. Howard's twisted and injured body onto a gurney and sped to the hospital. Throughout the bumpy trip, my friend grimaced in pain until he saw an EMT brandishing large shears. Carefully, she lifted the leg of his overalls.

"No! Not the boots!" he yelled. "Cut off my clothes, but don't cut my boots!"

She paused, looked at him for a moment, then returned to her work.

A true Texan to the end, he hollered, "I said, 'not the boots!' Please! Those are brand-new boots, and I want to keep them! Just pull 'em off! I can take it! I can take it!"

"No," she answered coolly, and with a snip-snip, they were useless. His head fell back to the pillow in anguish. Losing his boots was the final blow.

But the EMT knew something about the present reality that my friend did not yet know. His foot had been crushed. He could not have endured the pain of pulling off his boots, as he'd thought he could. It was pointless to save them for the future anyway. After surgery, he would never be able to fit that foot into a standard pair of boots again.

* * *

It is easy to picture Dr. Howard's life-changing experience as he lay there in the woods, blinded by fireworks of pain. But it is difficult to picture God letting the big oak fall when He could have flicked it away like a matchstick. My friend never saw it coming, but we know that God did. Most of the time we don't see the crushing pain that will knock us flat either. But if we do happen to see terror on its way, the first thing we do is beg God to stay it with His hand. Jesus did this in the Garden of Gethsemane when He "fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'"

He fell facedown.

The loving Father heard this cry for help and let darkness fall anyway. How it must have hurt God's heart not to intervene. He allowed that fatal day to dawn, but it wasn't because He had stopped loving His Son. No, He loved Him fiercely all the while. And when God permits the worst of life to fall on our backs, it doesn't mean He has stopped loving us either. An outside observer may ask, "After all that, you still love Him?" Our lives can answer resolutely, "Yes, I still love Him, and He still loves me." He does not allow us to experience pain because He wants us to hurt. He allows pain because He knows we can grow and learn from all our experiences, even the painful ones. And that growth often brings us closer to Him because He walks with us through the pain.

In our darkest seasons, God is not hiding. He wants to be found. It is a truth that sends me facedown. Though we endure hardship until our backs are broken and our arms are in pieces, may we ever grope for Him until we find Him, for when we find Him, we find the unexpected blessing of suffering. Suffering is an unexpected blessing because it refines our character and makes us one with Christ. It can help us see something we would find no other way. We discover hope.

Hope starts with hardship. When we don't feel hardship, we don't even need hope. In the book of Romans, Paul urges us to "boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

According to this unusual maze, suffering starts the winding way to hope, and its path passes through character. Not to put too fine a point on it, but suffering alone may not lead to character growth and hope in the unsaved life or in the life of a rebellious believer who refuses to cooperate with spiritual formation. And when Paul explains his view of adversity, he is not elevating suffering for suffering's sake. He does not suggest that suffering adds to salvation. No, he is assuring us that it is nearness to God that produces character and hope. It just happens to be that difficulty provides the best opportunity for nearness because when we have nothing left to lean on, we learn to lean on God.

According to Hebrews 11, sometimes referred to as "The Hall of Faith," we read that difficulty displays our faith to the watching world. There are too many accounts of adversity in the Hall of Faith to dismiss the idea. We tend to admire the people on this list, thinking they already had great faith. We often overlook the fact that their faith was perfected by the difficult things they did. Great faith did not enable them to meet a great challenge as much as great faith was the result of meeting a great challenge.

"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations," Romans 4:18–22 reads, explaining that he didn't try to avoid or deny the reality of his infertility. No, "he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead," but what he knew of God reinterpreted what he saw in his life, and he "was strengthened in his faith" as he continued to believe that God could do what He said He would do. The perfection of Abraham's faith was a process.

Peter explains that the tests of our faith perfect our faith:

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.


In nature, winter kills off almost everything so that new life can grow. Pain is clarifying in a similar way. Suddenly the superficial things that seemed to matter so much are put into perspective, allowing us to refocus our priorities. While our feet are on this earthen floor, we will not understand all of the reasons why God does what He does. But just as the EMT cut off Dr. Howard's boots because she saw that the wound was far worse than he knew, sometimes God cuts things out of our lives to save us from deeper pain. He always has information that we do not — both the reality of the present and the fullness of the future.

Our task, then, is to make our lives a theocracy, letting God rule. We have a great example to follow in that area. The life of Jesus indirectly connects Romans 8:28 and John 8:28. The passage in Romans tells us that "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (NLT). Clearly, the goodness of God's plan is something Jesus knows. In the John passage, we see His knowledge inform His actions. He says, "I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me" (NLT). Every day of His life, Jesus put aside His own will so that the Father's could be done through Him.

He knew that even if it hurt, everything would work together for good.

Suffering refines our character, and when we grow closer to God because of it, suffering reveals God's character. The Bible tells us that faithfulness is His character, and we see that clearly through the way He sustains us in our trials. Jesus points to this idea when asked about the origin of suffering. By giving two strange answers, He suggests that there is something more to our trials than we have considered. The first answer occurs when He meets a blind man, and His disciples ask whether the blindness is due to sin.

"'It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins,' Jesus answered. 'This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.'" Within moments, Jesus heals the blind man and restores his sight.

Later, one of Jesus' best friends becomes so ill he comes very close to death. Everyone mourns and worries until Jesus declares, "Lazarus's sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this." Of course, Lazarus does die, but then Jesus raises him to life again.

Both of these passages illustrate that when illness or death (or hardship of any kind) comes, the power and glory of God can shine through healing, even though that is not the only way. With or without healing, God's glory is resplendent through our trust in Him. The whole world pays attention when we cry out for an end to darkness, while at the same time believing that Christ is the only Light we need. Our dependence upon Him declares that He is enough, that His grace is sufficient for us. We should always ask for a miracle, but while we wait, God's calming presence in our lives is a miracle in itself.

Yes, when we are healed, our lives point to the Great Physician.

But when we are grieving, our lives point to the Comforter.

When we are confused and anxious, our lives point to the Counselor.

When we are in need, our lives point to the Provider.

When we are alone, our lives point to the Lover.

When we are abandoned, our lives point to the Father.

Suffering isn't pointless.

It can always point to God.

CHAPTER 2

HE KNOWS HOW MUCH IT HURTS


Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed — that exhilarating finish in and with God — he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through.

Hebrews 12:2–3 MSG


MY NIECE HAD a mean-looking splinter in the palm of her hand, and she asked me for help. Part of the splinter was not too deep, and I thought I could pull it out quickly. But every time I came near her with tweezers she'd scream and jerk away. Her tears were enormous, and they plopped on my arms as I held her. She was scared to let me touch her so she pulled away from the idea of more pain. No amount of my smooth talk got the tweezers any closer. Finally, I distracted her and whisked the splinter out, but not without more tears. It felt like a trick to her.

I let her cry in my arms; I didn't throw her on the ground and walk away.

I didn't tell her to dry it up.

I didn't warn her that she'll know greater pain than a splinter when she grows up.

I did not tell her to get over it.

I knew how much it hurt her, even though it was a pain that was very small to me. I can remove a splinter from my own hand without the slightest concern. But I based my level of compassion on her level of discomfort with a splinter, not on mine. So I just held her, rocking her back and forth. I covered that place on her palm with a Band-Aid. I spoke to her tenderly. Even when she was down to soft sniffles, she stayed in my embrace a long time. It took her awhile to feel like getting up to go on with the day. In that moment, I could not make my niece believe that the sting of the tweezers was actually my kindness to her, so I just acted quickly and bandaged her wound. All of my actions were performed out of love, both the pain and the comfort, though my niece only understood the comfort.

In the same way, all of God's actions are performed out of love, even when we do not understand them. He does not tell us to get over our pain. He knows how much it hurts. When James 4:8 says, "Come near to God and he will come near to you," the image is one of comfort, not effort. God doesn't come near to us as a reward. We do not earn His presence by coming near to Him first. The truth is much simpler.

A father can easily wrap his arms around the child who comes to sit in his lap.

When I am brokenhearted, if I draw near to God, He speaks tenderly. Most often He does so through His written Word. The Bible is His voice. His voice! Nothing heals like the sound of it. It can be so soft and gentle that a space of stillness is required in order to hear Him. If we will be still, we will know He is God. We will know. I need this awareness more than anything, so I consistently set aside a time of stillness to give Him the opportunity to wrap His arms around me. He comforts me, and I am greatly helped. Like my niece after her splinter, sometimes I need to be healed and held awhile before I am ready to go on with the day.

There is a picture of this in Hosea 6:1, as the prophet urges us to move toward our healing. "Come, let us return to the LORD," he writes. "He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds."

The Lord has "torn us to pieces" and "injured us"? Well, He certainly is willing to wreck our expectations if it means pulling us off a path that leads away from His best for us. It is far better that our temporal lives be upended so that our eternal lives are not. Every act of God is for our good and issues out of love. Even the ones that hurt. Even when He whisks away things we wanted. God will take us into His arms and heal us when we turn our faces to Him as a response to pain.

I turn my face to Him with a Bible on my lap as I sit in an old clawfoot chair in the corner of my bedroom. I bought it at a thrift store and had it reupholstered so long ago that the bold floral fabric has had time to go out of style and come back in. A coffee ring stains the arm, and I have covered a rip with a flannel throw. The space could not be more modest or more special to me. As I sit in this very unholy chair, something holy happens every day. Here my spiritual eyes adjust to the dark, and I can see hope.

And hope is such a comfort.

Later, when I go on with my day, I bring that comforting hope with me, sharing it with others.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Dark Season,
PART ONE: God's Character,
1.He Let It Happen,
2.He Knows How Much It Hurts,
3.He Has a Plan,
4.He Hears You,
5.He Can Handle It,
6.He Has Gone Before You,
7.He Is with You,
8.He Is Changing You,
9.He Is Training You,
10.He Will Reward You,
11.He Will Not Leave You,
12.He Will Not Forget You,
13.He Will Carry You,
14.He Will Speak to You,
15.He Is Enough for You,
PART TWO: Our Character,
16.Choose Humility,
17.Give Grace,
18.Sing Truth,
19.Keep Going,
20.Wait Expectantly,
Acknowledgements,
Notes,

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Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AbigailPost More than 1 year ago
(*DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE AS PART OF THE LITFUSE PUBLICITY BLOGGERS PROGRAM, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. NO OTHER FORM OF COMPENSATION WAS GIVEN, AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE MY OWN.) Introduction: Inspirational stories that actually touch your soul are difficult to find. It's not that inspirational stories are rare - they border the line between memoirs and spirituals, and we all know how common those books are. However, rarely does a book ride the line so well that it accomplishes the goal of both these genres. "Hunting Hope" manages to succeed in this endeavor, and also boasts the ability to inspire you to never give up on your goals. It doesn't seek to make you feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed, but instead desires to encourage you through whatever your struggles may be. The author, Nika Maples, possesses an inspiring story, but acknowledges that most of us will never experience the kind of miracle she did. This allows for an nonjudgmental feel for the book. You never end up feeling guilty that undue hardship has never befallen you. You close the book feeling encouraged to tackle the day. This book is like a "Carpe Diem" shot to the soul. The Inner Workings: "Hunting Hope" is a relatively short book, perfect for an uplifting weekend read. The book is divided into two sections, one labeled God's Character in which the author digs into the Bible to encourage us that God retains control regardless of whatever chaos you are currently experiencing in your life. The next stage of the book is entitled Our Character, details the character traits we should embody in order to remain hopeful about our situations. Each chapter is usually around ten pages, which makes the act of reading the book rather gratifying. You will fall into the trap of "just one more chapter". Thankfully, though, the swiftness in which you will devour the book will prevent any after-midnight reading sessions. Because this book contains short chapters, and is relatively short in length, it's perfect for early morning reading. Conclusion: In conclusion, if you're looking for your next inspirational weekend read, give "Hunting Hope" a gander. It's satisfying, well-written, and is certainly inspirational. Regardless of whether you are in a rough season of life or not, "Hunting Hope" provides a refreshing outlook on the struggles of existence. Recommended For: Those aged 13+ Those going through a difficult period Those who need encouragement Those looking for an uplifting weekend read
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Hunting Hope is a tremendous source of encouragement! Using scriptural references and her own experiences, Nika Maples instructs and inspires readers to “dig through the darkness to find the light”. Filled with wisdom and insight, this heartfelt book offers emotional and spiritual comfort and guides readers on their journey to becoming a hope hunter. I loved the inspiring message found in Hunting Hope! “Navigating our dark seasons is never easy. By showing us how to hunt for hope, Nika Maples encourages us to grow into the people Gold has designed us to be even while we are experiencing difficulty; to allow God to use all the seasons to bring about good.” I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
A little about the book . . . (provided by Litfuse) Hope is not an accident. Sometimes it has to be hunted, and hunting it takes courage. Hope hunters know how to excavate hope from hardship. There is dirt underneath their fingernails and sweat on their shirts. They rake through the rubble of an unwanted situation, digging into difficult circumstances because they have come to expect that adversity will produce good. They believe that light always triumphs over darkness. They have learned to walk through winter with their eyes on spring. Nika Maples became a hope hunter after suffering a massive brainstem stroke that left her quadriplegic in her twenties. Doctors warned that she had as little as 48 hours to live, and-if she lived at all-she would never walk or talk again. There was no hope on the horizon. So Nika started to hunt for it. Today, she not only walks, but she speaks to audiences everywhere about the power of hunting hope when a situation appears hopeless. She says hope remains camouflaged in the daily mundane. If we are not looking for it, we will miss it, though it is right before our eyes. Whether you or someone you know is going through a situation that feels hopeless, you will find encouragement in Hunting Hope. Whether you are experiencing a medical trauma, a financial hardship, or a relational crisis, you will find empowerment in Hunting Hope. As you read, you will cling to 20 truths about God’s character and practise 5 daily disciplines that will develop your own character in crisis. You will become a hope hunter. Maybe it doesn’t matter what causes suffering in our lives as much as it matters what suffering causes in our lives. Maybe we were all meant to be hope hunters. And I thought . . . Where do I begin. This was an amazing little book in a mere 228 pages Nika Maples shares wisdom, insight and encouragement! This book will touch your heart! You'll walk away feeling encouraged and confident that God truly is with us even through our trials. This book deserves my 5 star rating! And a little about the author . . . Nika Maples is the author of Twelve Clean Pages, the memoir of her survival of lupus and a stroke that left her quadriplegic at age 20. After learning to walk and talk again, she became a public school teacher, winning 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. She holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and currently is pursuing an MDIV from The King’s University. When she is not traveling to speak, she lives, writes, and laughs as much as possible in Fort Worth, Texas. Find out more about Nika at http://nikamaples.com. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hunting Hope. I wish to thank Litfuse for allowing me the privilege of reading this book. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. This review will be linked at the following blog parties The Art Of Homemaking, Classical Homemaking Party, Book Nook @Create With Joy This review is posted at Good Reads.
Debi_2014andBeyond More than 1 year ago
What I found in this book was a beautiful book filled with hope. Hunting Hope is full of inspiring stories and gut-wrenching moments that share all of the promises that are possible to God's children. Nika Maples shares her heart, and her honesty and the end result is that her transparency is a very beautiful thing for readers. Ms. Maples' humor made me laugh and smile and her stories often made me emotional and teary, but it was her relationship with Jesus that really made me look at those areas of my own life that could really use some work. Accepting what we cannot change, while anticipating future blessings is the perfect definition of hope as Ms. Maples relates to readers. She leans on Scripture to back up every point she makes, helping readers see that the honest and true statements taken from God's Word. Ms. Maples' beautiful examples of God's compassion for us provides strength and hope to readers in their dark moments. Hunting Hope is easy to read and very well written in such a way that it allows readers to find the messages they need at the time they are needed. I received a copy of this book without cost from the publisher through the litfuse bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, Nika Mapels, in her new book, Hunting Hope, Dig Through the Darhness to Find the Light, reaches out to the reader during times of great despair and grief. This highly readable book is just what a hurting, offended or grieving soul needs. Mapels knows how to turn pain into purpose; her book's easy to digest message is for the overworked and overburdened, in order to give hope. Nika Maples brings scripture to life relating it to the modern day reader. Her vivid writing reaches out to the reader allowing the reader to relate their personal circumstances to biblical truths. She invites the reader behind the scenes of the gospel stories that are used to relate how God heals those who are in pain and broken-hearted. She doesn't describe pain and opposition as a bad thing, but as something to seek out and to use for growth. The author puts an inspirational focus on times of trial and failure. She is a gifted writer offering inspiration to those in need with the power to help even the most hopeless and apathetic of readers. This book delivers hope, purpose and empowerment with her words. The Holy Spirit has used this woman, through her book, to reach out to those who are burdened and hurting. Hunting Hope book is written personally for the reader- in a conversational tone- simple, yet vibrant and real. Her gift of writing is reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. This is a book worthy of the bedside, to be read and re-read and to be passed to a grieving friend or family member. I plan on reading this book a second time, and passing it on to someone in spiritual need. I hope more readers will discover Nika Maples and benefit from her inspiration. As a blogger for Litfuse publicity I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. This book is published by Worthy Inspired publishers.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Hunting Hope is one of those books that I'm pretty sure was written just for me. As in, Nika Maples sat down, got in my head, and wrote exactly what I needed to hear. Ok, probably not. But that's the cool thing about God - He isn't limited by the fact that Nika and I have never met. He still used her words to speak grace and truth and conviction and HOPE to my heart. In her engaging, conversational and "real" style - infused with touches of delightfully wry humor - Nika Maples challenged me to pursue hope like I'm hunting it down. Her teaching on this subject comes from a place of experience and therefore from the lessons she's learned in the dark & dreary winter seasons of her life. It's practical, accessible, and so very encouraging. Nika's honest insights and anecdotes from her own life added to the compelling and engaging tone of Hunting Hope. Her humor made me chuckle; her stories often made me teary; her relationship with Jesus made me want to tune up those areas of my own that could use a little work. I will particularly take away the reminder of how tender and personal Jesus is with each of us - in each season of our lives. This is something I already have experienced for myself, but the way it was framed on these pages gave me fresh insight and renewed love for my God. The truth taught in Hunting Hope is accessible to everyone yet still incredibly profound. It will touch the deepest places of your heart and give you the courage to be a hope hunter. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
AmeliaAnn More than 1 year ago
Hope shines through in this beautiful book by Nika Maples. Throughout Nika's book, she shares her story of how she found Hope during the difficult circumstances of her life -- of becoming a quadriplegic at the age of 20. However, Nika has not allowed the difficulties in life define her. Instead she has recognized the great hope God has given her and fought for life, and God has used her testimony for His glory. Thankfully, Nika learned to walk again and she shares her story throughout the world encouraging others to have the same hope that gets her through each day. Nika defines the hard circumstances of life as winter. Everyone of us experiences winter seasons in our life, and this book shares that no matter how dark our circumstances may become, there is always hope. The message of this book is one that I have always practiced in my own life, and one that I needed to be reminded of. I am currently dealing with a winter season due to my disability of Cerebral Palsy and some complications from that. In a couple of weeks I will be having a major surgery, but this book has been a balm to my soul and I thank God for bringing it my way. One of my favorite quotes from this book states, "Do not let yourself be defined by one suffering season for the rest of your life. ... Your identity is bigger than the facts of your life. You don't have to act like winter takes all. You are not winter. And winter is not your only season. Joy will give you the strength to walk out of it." I think everyone should read this book and apply its message to your life. It is such a gift to know that joy can always be found no matter what we face in life, and I pray that everyone reading this finds that same joy. I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my review.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Hunting Hope by Nika Maples is a very moving book. A book that helps you see there is so much more to life when things seems so difficult there is always hope. A book that will touch you and move you like no other. Wonderful scriptures through that I loved. Be sure to get your copy of Hunting Hope today. 5 stars!
indyjodi More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like they need to come closer to God, especially in the dark times, but also in the good times. Too often we forget to look for hope and Nika Maples helps us to see that in any situation, and she had been through many of them, there is always hope to be found. “Hope remains camouflaged in the daily mundane, and if we aren’t looking for it, we will miss it though it is right before our eyes.” She helped me to see that by adopting 5 habits I can begin to become a hope hunter. They are choosing humility, giving grace, singing truth, just keep going and waiting expectantly. I have truly been blessed by her words and willingness to be open and honest about the dark times in her life and how God has been there with her every step of the way, even when she didn’t see it at the time. I think there are times in everyones lives where we struggle with where God is in the midst of our turmoil. This book can help you to find hope and where there is hope, there is God!