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Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,669 ratings  ·  268 reviews
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 you
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Zondervan
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May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-life
As a single man, I didn't dive into this work of non-fiction expecting much more than a self-help guide to marriage, but that quickly changed. What begins as a fairy tale life for two twenty-somethings in Malibu, California, takes a devastating turn. The cause? A near-fatal brain aneurysm for young mother Katherine Wolf. Hope Heals is the story of a woman facing overwhelming obstacles early on in motherhood and marriage, of a man honoring his commitment to his wife and his God when many might re ...more
Noël Ingram
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I first heard of Katherine and Jay's story when they came to speak at my church. I was amazed by the way they partnered in telling of how Katherine's brain injury had shaped their adult lives and eagerly bought a copy of their book after the service in a desire to know more about their journey. Their story is powerful and unique, but the telling of it in this work often feels preachy and inauthentic. The level of detail provided in the description of Katherine's injury and ultimate recovery is w ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, please read this book. What a beautiful, heart-wrenching, perspective-giving book. So good.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have felt placed into a different kind of reality than most others, the reality that is marked by suffering and struggle. And I needed to read a book from someone, about someone who “got it.” Katherine and Jay Wolfe get it. They experienced the unexpected & painful parts of life in their mid -twenties, just a couple years after being married and 6 months after having their first baby. Katherine had a stroke that should have killed her. What is remarkable about this story is not just that s ...more
Grace Thornton
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an inspiring, challenging look at how God loves and comforts us in the midst of our suffering and how He is glorified in the way we walk through our pain. Thank you, Jay and Katherine, for sharing your story.
Amy Kannel
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, own, christianity
I first heard Katherine Wolf speak at IF:Gathering back in March and found her story so compelling. This book was a Kindle deal recently so I snapped it up, and I'm glad I did. It's a powerful, inspiring story of fighting for hope and joy and trusting God in the midst of tremendous suffering.
Michelle Duncan
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book will be in my top five this year. I could not put it down and I didn't want it to end. Katherine and Jay have such a unique voice and their honesty is so raw and tangible. This book was such a life changing blessing to me. Thank you!
S.G. Willoughby
I'm not sure I can unemotionally review this book. Hope Heals touched me in so many ways. Most of them painful to be honest. It just hit too close to home, and many a night it was this book that accompanied the crying myself to sleep thing I've been doing the past few months as I grieve what my chronic illness has stolen from me and attempt to heal.

Jay and Katherine Wolf were just so honest and open. While because of my own struggles that hurt deeply, I am also so thankful for how candid and hon
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I loved this book. Jay and Katherine are refreshingly honest in their description of all that they’ve gone through since having their worlds turned upside down with an unexpected brain injury ten years ago. I finished this book feeling super encouraged and comforted by the way that they refuse to gloss over the pain and suffering that they’ve been through, while also refusing to forget the God who brought them through it all. Praise God for the healing and restoration He has brought to every par ...more
Rachel Lundy
I greatly enjoyed reading Hope Heals by Jay and Katherine Wolf. In this book they tell the story of their marriage, Katherine's stroke as a young wife and mom, and the years of rehab that followed. It is a story of love, suffering, commitment, and hope.

Jay and Katherine were a young married couple living in California and pursuing their dreams. Jay was weeks away from graduating from law school, Katherine was a model with a promising career, and they had a 6 month old baby. But life as they knew
Trinity Rose
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is a amazing true story of a woman’s fight and struggle after suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. It is also the story of her husband how he stayed with her and never left her side.
Katherine and Jay were very young and in love. They just had their first child. He was only 6 months old when the stroke hit Katherine. She was on life support in ICU for 40 days and 2 years in full-time brain rehab. Eight years later they wrote this book and have a ministry called Hope Heals.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book & could not put it down. At times it's hard to read: raw, real, emotional. The suffering this young family experienced is hard to process and will leave a lump in your throat while you read. But like all testimonies rooted in our Savior--there is purpose in the pain. Katherine & Jay are clear: Christ alone is the One who heals and He is an anchor in the suffering.

Read this book because you have also experienced suffering. Read this book because y
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so so good. Katherine and Jay (the authors) was just about my and my husband’s ages when their world turned upside down. If some tragedy befalls me or someone In my family, I’m glad to have read this first and know that not all is lost. As tragic as her stroke was, their story fills me with hope for their future.such and encouraging read.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a testimony from a couple who have tread a very painful path through suffering. Their words are honest and vulnerable as they share how medical crisis and life in the aftermath impacted their view of life and their understanding of the word healing. In gain and loss "we have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19)." Only through Christ.
Amara Bratcher
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Authentic story of hope

Beautiful, poignant story that weaves the real elements of disappointment and brokenness with the call of Christians to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel.
Nicole Fredericks
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down- this story was so moving, so inspiring, so unbelievable. This book changed me.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story about a stroke survivor and her husband. It helped me understand a little more about what my mom likely felt after her own massive stroke. Overall, inspiring!
Clayton Turner
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
“Perhaps some detours aren’t detours at all. Perhaps they are actually the path.” ~ Katherine & Jay Wolf, Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love
Danielle Williamson
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an apt memoir about the tender hand of God in the suffering of his children. Highly recommend.
Kristie Whisnant
Beautiful, challenging, heart-changing book!

I devoured this book as fast as my 3 young kids would allow. At the same time I wanted to read it slowly so I could digest it all because this book is rife with truths learned from unimaginable suffering!
Rachel B
2.5 stars

I heard Katherine speak at IF:Gathering 2016 and she was one of the few speakers I actually liked - she was so funny! I picked this up to hear more of her story, figuring she'd bring her humor into this, also. She didn't.

The book isn't poorly written, but it was a fairly dry memoir compared to others I've read. It focused on what happened, and while Jay and Katherine's emotions were mentioned here and there, the readers were never given a chance to really sit with them and soak in the s
Mazzou B
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Yet again, I am blessed to read and review a wonderful book on suffering and triumph through faith in Jesus! Hope Heals is a very interesting autobiography with perspectives from both Jay and Katherine Wolf. It is in depth without being boring and captures the trauma and trial of their long journey since the stroke. In 2008, Katherine was a healthy, happy 26-year old married to Jay and mother of 6-month old James when suddenly and without human reason, she experienced a colossal stroke. Through ...more
Mindy Burnham Hedvall
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read all year! I was crying and then I was laughing and then I was crying again... So good
Kalah Shockley
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This book is a true picture of God's grace, healing, and faithfulness. Jay and Katherine's story is heartbreakingly beautiful!
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Such a powerful read, not only of hope but of love! Definitely worth the read... But have tissues at hand!!
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Incredibly transparent from beginning to end. Much more depth than might be expected. Read it slowly and savor its impact on you, the reader.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this book and the way it challenged me in my faith. Hard to read of their suffering but so wonderful to hear how God used it for good.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book of hope and confidence in God even in the toughest situations.
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
pg 247 we wrote this book for you, John (nestor), as a love letter to your improbable life, so you might know its miraculous beginnings and long to live out your own story of grace to the very end.

pg 225 "Dad, I don't like hearts."..."because hearts break." those are the moments that sting the most, when you know your child has glimpsed the reality of this world a bit sooner than you would have liked. Nonetheless, James and C.S. Lewis had it right: "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anyt
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think the most profound thing for me is the way the Wolfs look at healing. By the grace of God, they were granted the ability to see healing for their mind and souls as the true healing, regardless of what level of healing Katherine achieved. I also love how they look forward to the healing of heaven.

There are not answers in this book. We don't have answers for so many things. But the Wolfs look at the pain and suffering and say, "God is still good". They wrestled with Him and came out strong
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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. ...more
“I can give God the glory, and it can still hurt.” 2 likes
“What has happened to me is extreme; however, it is not that different from what everyone deals with. I am a sort of microcosm for what we all feel. I can barely walk, even with a cane, but who feels free even if they can? My face is paralyzed, but who feels beautiful even when they look normal? I have no coordination in my right hand, so I can’t hold things, even my child, but who feels like a competent parent even if all their faculties are intact? For months I could not eat, and even today I have difficulty swallowing, but who feels fully satisfied even if they can enjoy every delectable treat they desire? I am tired almost all the time now, but who always feels energized to engage fully in their life? My voice is messed up, but who feels understood even if they can speak plainly? I have double vision, but who sees everything clearly even if they can see normally? My future is uncertain, but whose isn’t? So” 2 likes
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