Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places

Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places

by Abby Banks

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Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places by Abby Banks

One night can change everything. Abby Banks put her healthy, happy infant son to sleep, but when she awoke the next morning, she felt as though she was living a nightmare. Her son, Wyatt, was paralyzed. There was no fall, no accident, no warning. A rare autoimmune disease attacked his spinal cord, and there was no cure. In an instant, all her hopes and dreams for him were wiped away. The life she envisioned for her family was gone, and she was frozen by the fear of a future she never imagined.

As she struggled to come to grips with her son’s devastating diagnosis and difficult rehabilitation, she found true hope in making a simple choice, a choice to love anyway—to love her son, the life she didn’t plan, and the God of hope, who is faithful even when the healing doesn’t come. In Love Him Anyway, Abby shares her family’s journey from heartbreak to triumph and reminds us that hope and joy can be found in life’s hardest places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620205723
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Abby Banks is a mom turned author and special needs advocate. A speech and communications summa cum laude graduate from Clemson University, Abby has a passion for finding God in the hard places. She and her husband, Jason, reside in Greenwood, SC, with their three children, who inspire her daily: Jay, Austin, and Wyatt.

What People are Saying About This

author of Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves and host Surviving Sarah podcast - Sarah Bragg

“The story of Love Him Anyway grips the heart in such a personal way because Abby faces one of every mother’s fears—watching her child suffer with no way to stop it. But as difficult the experience, and as much as she would want to run away from God, Abby’s story is about running toward the God of all hope. Abby encourages the reader to move from a place of brokenness to a place of celebration.”

Former Rutgers University Football Player and Spinal Cord Injury Activist - Eric LeGrand

“I highly recommend Love Him Anyway to anyone who is dealing with any sort of obstacle in life. Wyatt has had to deal with adversity at a very young age but chooses to be happy and live life to the fullest. His story is a triumph of the human spirit and a reminder that life is worth celebrating even in the hard moments.”

author of A Different Beautiful - Courtney Westlake

“Love Him Anyway is a powerful story with a message of beauty and courage that everyone needs to hear! Abby writes about a very raw and difficult experience in a way that is vulnerable, humbled, and uplifting. It is a gift to be able to peer into the transformative hope of this family’s journey, and see how God’s grace and goodness shines through even the most heartbreaking times.”

Chairman Mike L. Jezdimir Foundation and Transverse Myelitis Survivor - Mike L. Jezdimir

“Imagine you are at work or just playing and your arms, legs, and torso start to tingle. You think you’re tired and just need to rest. Little do you know that your body is betraying you at that moment and is attacking your spinal cord; in a matter of hours you will be paralyzed. It happened to me, and it happened to Wyatt. Love Him Anyway is a powerful story of hardship, determination, and conquest. Have your tissues ready! Let Wyatt’s story spur you to spread awareness and support funding for transverse myelitis research.”

ESPN On Air Personality, Paralympic Gold Medalist, and Transverse Myelitis Survivor - Victoria Arlen

“Love Him Anyway is an incredible story of love, hope, loss, and the strength of a family and more importantly a Mamma on a mission. Abby truly is an inspiration to all, and her writing is real and powerful and truly reminds you that life happens and although things might not go the way we planned, we can’t stop living, loving, and trusting in God’s plan. I am truly inspired by Wyatt and his amazing Mamma!”

Executive Director Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) & The First Clinics - Robin Burton

“Love Him Anyway presents a story of love and triumph through the eyes of a mother who has lived an experience that no one can imagine, until it happens to them. Transverse Myelitis struck her youngest son, Wyatt, at the age of 7 months and their lives changed. While terrifying and grim at first glance, Abby Banks is able to tell a story of truth, hope, opportunities, and possibilities of what their family has experienced in this journey and what they look forward to in years to come. With faith and strength and acknowledgment of God as their Higher Power, Abby has created a ‘how to’ story of Wyatt’s story. It is without reservation that OPAF recommends Love Him Anyway and with pride that the Banks crew has become part of our family.”

author of Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment - Heather Gray Blalock

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Easy to do when your Christian life is going well. But it is an entirely different undertaking when you wake up one morning and life as you knew it the night before no longer exists. Such is the case in this poignant, thoughtfully written story of a tenacious little boy’s strength and courage, the love of his mother, and the beautiful tapestry woven in community during trying times. Heartbreaking yet full of hope and resiliency, Love Him Anyway reminds us all that no suffering is wasted and God uses our most difficult times for His greatest glory.”

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DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
Abby Banks wrote a book of raw honesty and a look into the life of a Christian parent. We all struggle with feelings of selfishness and unselfishness, that duel between anger and love, and the ping-pong effect between bitterness and praise. Love Him Anyway is such a heart-touching soul-wrenching testimony that leaves the reader breathless and needing to set the book aside in order to ponder those words written. Many passages spoke to me, such as these: "My wrestling sessions with God happened in the quiet and darkness of night when sleep wouldn't come and the eyes of the world weren't on me." How many times have we felt we had to put on a "good face" for others, and then end up in our own wrestling match like Jacob? "God didn't make me or Wyatt or anyone for a life of simple existence. We were made to live and experience life to the fullest, whatever that may look like." I had to laugh at his part because it brought to light a new meaning to NeedtoBreathe's song Happiness. We aren't meant for a simple life. We are encouraged to chase our dreams and glorify the Lord. But most of all, this passage says it all: "I serve a God who has the power to part seas and bring the dead to life." How powerful is that statement? Through all our hardships, our boomeranging emotions, and even through our praises, God is there for us and never leaves us. We are that special to Him. In Love Him Anyway, this is made more evident. And the title has its own impact. Yes, they love Wyatt anyway, and they also love God anyway, too. I encourage everyone to take a chance and read Abby Banks' Love Him Anyway. It's a true gift to every reader.