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This week I’m talking with Jay and Katherine Wolf, authors of their new book, Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love . In it, they share their seven-year journey since that day in April, 2008 when Katherine suffered a brain stem stroke. And after enduring a sixteen-hour surgery, how she spent another forty days in an intensive care unit and over a year and a half in an acute rehabilitation facility. It’s a true miracle she has survived and recovered.
Jay and Katherine write of the events as they lived them, as well as spiritual and inspirational reflections on the purpose and benefit suffering brings to our lives. They share how their story is really all of our stories, and they offer words of encouragement of the beauty and promise that hope does indeed heal.
They were blessed one year ago with the birth of a second son, John Nestor Wolf, named after the neurosurgeon who saved Katherine’s life–a picture of life coming from what should have been death. This is a spiritual truth for us all. The Wolf’s lead a speaking and writing ministry called Hope Heals, and live in Los Angeles with their two sons.
In this episode Jay and Katherine share about:
- How they met at Samford University as freshman
- Their tumultuous dating years
- Their marriage in the fall of 2004
- The birth of their first son in 2007
- And the events of April 21, 2008
They candidly discuss:
- The events that followed in the next months and years
- How finding God in the midst of suffering is a profound worship experience
- The opportunity we have to make a decision to cling to God’s promises in every situation
- And how entering into another’s pain gives us a glimpse of what God has done for us
Jay and Katherine encourage us:
- To choose to give to others even in the middle of feeling inadequate
- To stretch and grow in our capacity to serve
- To choose to stay even when it may be easier to leave
- And how there can be new life out of death in each of our stories
May this conversation be an encouragement to you, no matter what you are facing today. I’m so thankful for all they shared.
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SCRIPTURE:I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLT)
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