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.
Married authors Katherine and Jay Wolf tell their story of physical, mental, and emotional suffering and a miraculous recovery that finally led them to a place of hope. The authors take turns sharing the events that led up to Katherine's near-fatal brain stem stroke at age 26. They describe their highly charged experience of various surgeries, rehab stints, and bravely moving forward with life through the trials of Katherine's ongoing disabilities. Readers are afforded a front-and-center seat to the myriad sufferings that Katherine endured while Jay stood with her. The authors eloquently share the roller coaster of emotion they faced as the setbacks kept coming. Through it all they were lifted up by one another and clung desperately to their faith in God. Katherine relates how experiencing the worst can open up unexpected doors. She discovers that hope finds a way to thrive despite what dire circumstances might otherwise predict. This is a motivating account of the positive thinking that undergirds recovery and the hope that comes with struggle.
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Katherine and Jay, you did a stunning job of creating this book. I just heard Katherine speak two weeks ago at Oklahoma Baptist University and I instantly knew I needed to get my hands on the book and read it. Your story is beautiful and God is working so clearly in your lives. I am glad to have shared in your lives by reading a part of your story. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being vulnerable in sharing this.
Book that truly Honors God
The story told in this book is heartbreaking and life-giving. In the physical sense, Katherine and Jay’s experiences are hard to relate to, yet the soul struggle resonates deep within me. I feel I have beheld the beauty of the Lord in reading this book.
Thank you Jay and Katherine
Thank you for sharing your story, bringing both tears of what is lost and tears to still hope for what can be. My body is whole but my marriage is broken, not because of an accident but because of my poor choices and failure as a husband. I have lost hope not just in my marriage but in so much of life. Every morning I wake up with such a deep sadness, but your prayer on Thanksgiving day spoke so much truth into my soul. My tragedy isn’t from an accident though, it’s from my sin, and so there are parts of your prayer I can’t embrace as true for me, but I’m trying to rewrite what God may be saying to me that I can actual believe. Thank you for giving me the hope that God may be saying something to me that I just haven’t been able to receive yet!