When all seems lost, where can you find hope?
Katherine and Jay Wolf married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams--she as a model and he as a lawyer--they planted their lives in the city and their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just six 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 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 uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through forty days on life support in the ICU and nearly two years in full-time brain rehab, that small spark of hope was fanned into flame.
Hope Heals documents Katherine and Jay's journey as they struggled to regain Katherine's quality of life and as she relearned to talk, eat, and walk. As Katherine returned home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, she and Jay committed to celebrating this gift of a second chance by embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined.
As you uncover Katherine and Jay's remarkable story, you'll be encouraged to:
Find lasting hope in the midst of struggleEmbrace the unexpectedWelcome God's miracles into your everyday life
In the midst of continuing hardships, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find: a hope that heals the most broken place--our souls. Let Hope Heals be your guide along the way.
Praise for Hope Heals:
"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."
--David Platt, author of the New York Times bestseller Radical and president of the International Mission Board
"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!"
--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
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.
Beautiful story of healing, hope and God’s redemption.
Such a beautiful story of sacrificial love, never ever giving up on faith, hope, and trusting Jesus through everything, even when we don’t understand. I had a stroke on March 16th, as a young 35 year old married,to a faithful, advocate, sacrificial love givermuch like Jay , and this book blessed me so, very much! I related to so much of it. Mine was because of a blood clot that traveled to my brain. I will be 36 on May 21st, and am blessed to be alive to celebrate another year of LIFE! THANK YOU JESUS! I AM HEALED, and I believe this will never happen again. I choose to believe God’s truths and not what statistics say. I stopped looking at the internet. That’s a good way for the enemy to get in your head and our fear. Thank you for your faithfulness in writing this book. It truly does bring HOPE. I will pray for your continued healing. Blessings. XXXX
PS: I have to admit that I lol’d pretty goodat the electrocuted clown comment after Jay did your hair and make-up! hilarious!
I’ve been through some suffering and after I heard this book like 1000 times I was changed this book tells the true story of a young couple that had dreams but they were crushed and I understand I hope really does heal Catherine is really strong thank you Catherine for inspiring me you taught me to be strong in my suffering I hope I can meet you someday it’ll be an honor thank you Catherine and Jay wolf
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.