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In 2008, first-time parents Katherine and Jay were living their dream. But suddenly their happy life was derailed when Katherine suffered a near-fatal stroke that left her with double vision, difficulty speaking, and a paralyzed arm. Was this what God had planned for her life? Her answer may surprise you as you read her courageous account! 256 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310344549
ISBN-13: 9780310344544

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When all seems lost, where can hope be found?

Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.

On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame.

Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chanceby embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls.

An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, eight years later, Katherine and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope in this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.

Author Bio

Katherine & Jay Wolf are parents, artists, communicators, and survivors. After meeting in college, they got 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. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of whole-hearted living and hope in Christ in many forums since 2008. Katherine, Jay, and their family currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. www.hopeheals.com

Editorial Reviews

As I read this book, tears streamed from my eyes even as joy flooded my heart. Jay and Katherine are a raw yet refreshing testimony to the unshakable trustworthiness of God amidst the unimaginable trials of life. This book reminds all of us where hope can be found in a world where none of us know what the next day holds.
Hope Heals is a beautiful, true story that illustrates the love and protection God has for us even in the darkest times of our lives. Katherine and Jay’s dedication to each other and the Lord through their most devastating season is inspiring. This book will help your heart believe that He sees, He knows, He cares, and He is still working miracles today!
Jay and Katherine Wolf have had our respect for years, but they have our hearts too. They’ll soon have yours. Hope Heals isn’t just a beautifully written book; it’s a duet by two people who love Jesus and love each other. It’s a book filled with a score of authentic high notes and painful low ones. This book isn’t just a moving story; it’s a song sung by two humble people and what they’ve learned about love when the cadence of their lives unexpectedly changed.
I stumbled upon Katherine’s blog near the beginning of her recovery. The words of a sister fighting for her life captivated us all. Now years later, she is fighting for our lives---for us to live the fullest we can with all that we’ve been given. Do not miss this!
I know Jay and Katherine, and I welcome this book, not just as a stirring account of facing tragedy but as a beautiful story of a couple’s relentless love---for God and for each other.
The book you hold in your hands is so powerful, for if awful things happen to you, you now have a guide . . . Hope Heals may well be your most treasured companion through great trial and pain . . . Do not assume you’ve “heard it all before.” Theirs is a story so raw, visceral, and impossibly real that you can’t help but identify.

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  1. Susan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope Heals
    July 6, 2016
    Susan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved it! Amazing what this family has been through and the Hope that they have. I felt so connected to both of them as I have a mutual friend and I remember hearing about Katherine's stroke. I really enjoyed reading from their own words what they went through and how they are doing now. It felt like we were having a visit face to face.
  2. Rachel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope is a good thing!
    May 15, 2016
    Rachel
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed reading this book. My father suffered from a severe stroke almost 6 months ago. The doctors told us there was a lot that he wouldn't do but we refused to believe that they had the final say. I see the same determination in Katherine's story as she fought back against all odds to do things that they thought she never would. The path she has had to walk was not easy but then I heard one time before that if God brings you to it, He will carry you through it. This book is a perfect example of faith and love and hope carrying them through difficult times and a great example to all of us that it can and will carry us through difficult times as well.
  3. Janicekla
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful, Poignant...a Beacon of Hope. Thank you Katherine and Jay!
    May 10, 2016
    Janicekla
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    What happens when life turns out differently than you planned, much different than you expected? Do you wonder if God has made a mistake? Has He forgotten you? Hope Heals takes us on a journey with a beautiful young couple who faced devastating loss while nearly newlyweds and new parents...near death and back to life again. But back to a very different life, a different marriage, a different "new normal." Is it possible that what we think of as a detour is really part of God's plan all along? Hope Heals weaves eternal truths into a captivating true story of tremendous loss and miraculous healing. And yet, this healing isn't complete and will never be so on this side of eternity. How many of us feel incomplete in some way? How many of us long for that one thing to be different? Hope Heals can help you on your journey to coming to peace with some of life's disappointments and "detours." For if Katherine and Jay can go on and find renewed Hope and a sense of healing from it, then so can I...and so can you.
  4. Lindsey
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A captivating read shining hope in moments of suffering!
    April 29, 2016
    Lindsey
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Do you feel like the world around you is crumbling and nothing seems certain? Do you feel like youve lost all hope and are facing insurmountable experiences that you never would have imaged happening to you? If so, you are not alone. In their new book, Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love Katherine and Jay Wolf share their excruciating yet beautiful story of recovery after Katherine suffers a massive brain stem stroke.

    In these moments of trial and tribulation we often ask why did this happen to me? or what have I done to deserve this? but Katherine and Jay remind us that "sometimes suffering comes because of the decisions we make, sometimes it comes as a way for God to gauge His place in our hearts; and sometimes it comes simply as a by-product of living in a world that is in a state of falling apart (p.70)." Even though we cannot escape suffering, Katherine and Jay through their gripping, openly honest and raw retelling of their story shine HOPE and a message of perseverance that no trial is too big and no tribulation is a mistake there is purpose in all of it.

    This is a must read book that you wont want to put down once youve started. It will remind you that there is good in everything and to not wait to celebrate the life you have been given, even if it looks different from the one you thought you would haveas [you] may never arrive at the ending [you] hoped for, so if [you] waited until then to celebrate all that has been given to [you], that celebration might never come at all (p. 143/179).
  5. AllisonD
    Culver City, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read and be changed!
    April 27, 2016
    AllisonD
    Culver City, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This is one the best and most beautiful books I've ever read. It's a must-read for everyone. Katherine and Jay articulate deep truth and hope that touch your life in whatever circumstances you're facing. Read and be inspired. Read and be encouraged. Read and be changed! I've bought multiple copies to share with friends, family, teachers and even a stranger!
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