Miracle on Hope Hill is a collection of true, inspiring stories that show God’s love and affirmation intervening in the lives of ordinary people. It includes stories of romance, heartache, tragedy, and celebration, but all with the common thread of "God moments" that show his love, intervention, and blessing.
Every now and then such moments are so spectacular that we can’t miss them. But far more often we miss them altogether, perhaps calling our experience a stroke of good luck or taking credit for the unexpected blessing as simply “our due.” However, when we truly consider these events,we discover how ever-present God is and we begin to recognize ways in which God is affirming, leading, and demonstrating his love for us.
At times his touch is one of comfort when we are hurting. It may come quietly, unexpectedly, or from the hand of someone he has moved to meet our need. Other times we may be so consumed with despair that we assume God has abandoned us. But he has not. His love is shown to us in subtle ways that we sometimes miss because we are so caught up in the complexity or misery of our circumstances.
Carol and Jennie have both contributed over the years to successful collections of stories published by Honor, Zondervan, NavPress, and others. For the first time they are collaborating, two sisters telling stories that uplift, encourage, and inspire.
Each of the forty stories is between 1000 and 1200 words in length and ends with a verse of scripture.
Carol Kent is an international public speaker and the bestselling author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and A New Kind of Normal. She is hilariously funny, biblically sound, and heartbreakingly transparent in person and in print. Founder and president of Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry), Speak Up With Confidence (a communications training seminar), and Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers bureau), Carol is an expert on public speaking, writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life’s circumstances turn out differently from their dreams. She sits on the advisory boards of MOPS International and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She travels the world, speaking to thousands each year. Carol has spoken on the Women of Faith tour and for events such as Extraordinary Women, THRIVE, and Women of Joy. And when they’re back home in Florida, Carol and her husband, Gene, enjoy walking in the rain, summer sunsets, trail biking, and the new adventure of river kayaking.
Jennie Afman Dimkoff is a motivational speaker, trainer, and author, speaking widely throughout the US and Canada, as well as in both South Korea and Germany. President of Storyline Ministries, Inc. and author and storyteller for Kids' Time, a children's audio story ministry on CDs, Jennie also serves on the staff of Speak Up With Confidence Seminars teaching each year. Jennie has a BA degree in Business, with a minor in speech and drama. She has been featured repeatedly on 100 Huntley Street in Canada, The Harvest Show, and TCT television programs. Her books and storytelling have been twice featured as 5-day programming for Moody Broadcasting Network. Married to her best friend, Probate Court Judge Graydon W. Dimkoff, she is mom to their two grown children, Amber and Josh.
“If you like to be surprised by joy, then read Miracle on Hope Hill. The timeless stories in this treasured book will remind you that even when life doesn’t make sense, hope keeps shining like a bright candle in the dark night. You’ll read it, love it, and read it again!” —Alice Gray, author of the bestselling Stories for the Heart collection and The Worn Out Woman
“A good story, like a wise proverb, is priceless. When family, friends, or congregations can share together the kind of true stories that Carol and Jennie tell in Miracle on Hope Hill, they have found a way of saying together that, even in our darkest moments, there is hope.” —Martin DeHaan, president of RBC Ministries, international publisher of Our Daily Bread
“Lovingly reminding us there are no accidents in God's grand plan, Carol and Jennie present a refreshing and powerful reminder that God is indeed in control and He loves us beyond comprehension. An uplifting collection of God's love in action, the stories in Miracle on Hope Hill are filled with spiritual insight and inspiring truth.” —Allison Bottke, author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children, founder of God Allows U-Turns
“Fewer things are more powerful than real life stories that inspire and move our lives toward greater good. A big thanks to Carol and Jennie for harvesting and compiling these transformational stories!” —Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
“The dynamic duo of Carol Kent and Jennie Afman Dimkoff have combined to masterfully communicate encouraging stories that illustrate God’s personal involvement and love in the everyday details of our lives. As you read, you’ll be reminded of God’s faithfulness in both little and big ways—from a desire for the right dress to life threatening needs. Heart-lifting reminders of God in action, working to do far beyond all that we can ask or dream!” —LeAnn Weiss-Rupard, co-author of Hugs, founder, Encouragement Company
“Whether God sneaks in like a church mouse or moves like a lightning bolt, when He shows up, at just the right time, you know it! Thank you, Carol Kent and Jennie Dimkoff, for bringing us real-life stories of God’s goodness, greatness, and power. With each story, faith is strengthened, loads lifted, and spirits renewed. After reading this book, readers will be more aware that God is on active duty in their lives!” —Chrys Howard, bestselling author of Motivationals for Moms
"Miracle on Hope Hill is the perfect, uplifting read when life feels challenging—whether you're personally struggling or feeling the weight of the world's traumas and tragedies. Through the stories that Carol and Jennie share, you'll remember that God is faithful and present through it all, even the hard stuff, and often working behind the scenes . . . or sometimes, taking front and center stage!" —Lisa T. Bergren, author of The Busy Mom's Devotional and What Women Want