Is it possible to embrace suffering as a privilege, rather than a punishment? Beloved authors Katherine and Jay Wolf offer readers the bold invitation to trust a known God with an unknown future, as well as practical insights into surviving anything by redefining how we think about everything.
After miraculously surviving a near-fatal brainstem stroke at age 26, as told in their memoir, Hope Heals, life for Katherine and Jay Wolf changed forever - and so did the way they viewed God, the world, and themselves in it. There was no going back to normal after such a tragedy. Yet Katherine and Jay learned that suffering is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new story.
In Suffer Strong, they invite us into this new story as they share universal lessons and helpful practices that will help us to:
- Recognize we are being equipped for an uncommon assignment, not cursed by our story.
- Transform our unmet expectations into brave anticipations.
- Disrupt the myth that joy can only be found in a pain-free life.
- Rewrite the narrative of hard circumstances by turning our definitions of suffering into declarations of strength.
- And, ultimately, thrive even in the lives we never imagined living.
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About the Author
Katherine Wolf is a survivor, communicator, and advocate. Originally from the South, she met her husband, Jay, in college. They 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, including having a miracle baby, John, in 2015. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of steadfast hope and whole-hearted living with hundreds of thousands of people at live events in thirty states, and to millions more online since 2008. They released their first book, Hope Heals, in 2016 and in 2017 launched Hope Heals Camp, a healing community for families with disabilities like them. Katherine, Jay, and their two sons currently reside in Atlanta. Connect with them at hopeheals.com or @hopeheals on social media.
Table of Contents
Foreword Louie Shelley Giglio 11
Prologue: Hope Prevails (JAY) 15
1 Invisible Wheelchairs: Redefining Limitations Katherine 19
2 Telling a New Story: Redefining the Past Jay 37
3 Joyful Rebellion: Redefining Celebration Katherine 53
4 Post-Traumatic Growth: Redefining Trauma Jay 65
5 Opening Our Hands: Redefining Loss Katherine 79
6 Fully Known, Fully Loved: Redefining Failure Jay 93
7 Walking Away from Shame: Redefining Beauty Katherine 109
8 In Sickness and in Health: Redefining Commitment Jay 125
9 The Power of "We": Redefining Community Katherine 143
10 Glorious Scars: Redefining Healing Jay 163
11 The Path before Us: Redefining Calling Katherine 179
12 Waking Well: Redefining Hope Jay 197
Epilogue: The Good/Hard Life (Katherine) 215