I’m pumped today to kick off my 2016 Write 31 Days series, “31 Inspirational Women You Need To Meet.” View the entire series here.
I’ll be sharing about an inspirational woman every day, with the exception of weekends. Each Saturday, I’ll share a “Weekend Warrior” (clever names are my strong point. 😉
Each Weekend Warrior will highlight a special woman I’ve read about in a book. A mini Mom Book Review, so to speak. 🙂
Katherine was a model, a wife, and a young mother of a six-month-old boy when at 26 years of age, she suffered a massive stroke. Her husband wasn’t supposed to be home – but he was. She wasn’t expected to live, but she did. She did not expect to walk or talk again – but she can, though she’s had 11 surgeries and still bears obvious remnants of her loss.
As you can imagine, she and her lawyer husband Jay (who co-wrote the book) have suffered everything you would think they would in the past seven years. Disappointment. Sorrow. Anger.
Yet, what is the blog’s name? What is the book’s name? HOPE HEALS. The subtitle is : “a true story of overwhelming loss and overcoming love.”
I have a very low tolerance for sad, mopey, depressing books. My anxiety meters start going off, and I stop reading them.
I am loving this book.
Enchanted by it, really. I recommend it completely. Here is an except from the prologue that I found absolutely stunning.
Several times I thought I should just end this…This could not be what God planned for my life. In those darkest moments, however, God spoke into that mess and revealed truth I already knew: He sees the entire picture and HE DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES…Perhaps, some detours aren’t detours at all. Perhaps they are actually THE path. THE picture. THE plan. And perhaps most unexpectedly, they can be perfect. (Hope Heals, p.18-19)
I can’t think of a better Warrior, a stronger woman, a more beautiful example of Inspiration to kick off this series than Katherine Wolf.
What I want us all to really get out of Katherine’s story is not to just look at her, and think, I could never be that strong. Trust me – I know the feeling. But the real gem of a truth here is this : The Lord can use the deepest, darkest, most horrific tragedies, and bring hope, victory, and redemption. Your darkness – my own darkness (whether real or imagined, past or future) is not too great for Him. Praise the Lord that he strengthens us and blesses us through the fallenness.
Katherine, you are a beautiful hero, a vessel, and an inspiration.
God bless you.
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