Hope Heals


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Yesterday evening I received the book, “Hope Heals” by Katherine and Jay Wolf in the mail. This book, about overcoming loss and God’s overcoming love really hit home. The couple share their story of how Katherine survived a massive brain stem stroke when she was 26 years old. The way they share their story displays God’s love in such an incredible testimony. I found myself crying through most of the book and learning more about God’s love from it.  I finished the book in a day despite mothering 3 children.  I found a way to read it and couldn’t put it down.

Twice in my own life I have had to deal with infants suffering from eczema that caused them as well those around them to be miserable. Through this time it is easy to feel like God does not care. This book, Hope Heals, helped me to indeed have hope for the infants who suffer, and to see their suffering in a different perspective.

The following are quotes from the book that really struck me and hit home:

“I believe that pain is pain, no matter what the form, but perspective is also perspective.”

“Perhaps some detours aren’t detours at all. Perhaps they are actually the path. The picture. The plan. And, perhaps most unexpectedly, they can be perfect.”

There is a verse in Job that Jay refers to, “For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.” Then Jay writes, “As I scanned (Katherine’s) broken body, full of new cracks and pins and tubes, I realized that these were all made by her doctors and nurses as they sought to save her life. They had horrifically wounded her in brain surgery and ICU so that she might be healed. I sat with this thought, the confounding complexity of which overcame me so much that I closed my eyes and prayed, ‘O God, I can’t begin to understand what You’re doing, but maybe Your paradoxes aren’t as paradoxical as they seem. If You have been part of her wounding, then You must be part of her healing.”

That last quote really struck me. If I apply it to my life, then God caused the eczema on my sons, and through it He will bring more healing than anyone can ever imagine.

Each page of this book has God’s incredible goodness written all over it. For the couple to recall the events in such detail shows that God had a hand in helping them write this book. I feel like it is a very anointed read and I feel ministered to from it as well as blessed.

As a blogger for BookLook Bloggers I received a copy of this book published by Tommy Nelson published for the purpose of writing this review.


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