Miracle on Hope Hill: And Other True Stories of God's Love
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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
|Publication Date: 2011|
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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.
The narratives are told in a casual, friendly way and readers cant help but feel drawn in. Kent and Dimkoff tell of many events from their own experiences, whereas others are repeated secondhand from friends. Each author, growing up as a pastors daughter, gives special insight into stories about Gods generous and diverse love.
These interesting narratives surprise and empower readers, such as the story about answered prayer when a house was sold through a random meeting of a stranger who was in search of a home. Dimkoffs daughter received miraculous healing in her legs when she was young. A friend needed to find a dress for a wedding she was going to attend. She specifically told God what she had in mind, and she found a dress exactly as she described. Not a page goes by without the readers heart feeling a little lighter.
Overall, Miracle on Hope Hill is well-written and provides enjoyable reading sessions with the authors. Kent and Dimkoff are masters at storytelling. By the end of each chapter, readers feel like they know the people in each vignette. I highly recommend this book. Women will especially find the anecdotes inspiring. Molly Anderson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
“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
GeorgiaPennsylvaniaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Highly RecommendedNovember 2, 2011GeorgiaPennsylvaniaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not only did Miracle on Hope Hill refresh my sagging spirits but I can already think of some people in my life who could benefit immensely from this book. This collection of stories gives hope to the hopeless and encouragement to those of us who are or get discouraged.
It is a perfect Christmas gift!
Georgia Shaffer, Author of Taking Out Your Emotional Trash