Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review - Hunting Hope


Hope is not an accident. Sometimes it has to be hunted, and hunting it takes courage.

Hope hunters know how to excavate hope from hardship. There is dirt underneath their fingernails and sweat on their shirts. They rake through the rubble of an unwanted situation, digging into difficult circumstances because they have come to expect that adversity will produce good. They believe that light always triumphs over darkness. They have learned to walk through winter with their eyes on spring.
Whether you or someone you know is going through a situation that feels hopeless, you will find encouragement in Hunting Hope. Whether you are experiencing a medical trauma, a financial hardship, or a relational crisis, you will find empowerment in Hunting Hope. As you read, you will cling to 20 truths about God's character and practice 5 daily disciplines that will develop your own character in crisis.

You will become a hope hunter.

Maybe it doesn't matter what causes suffering in our lives as much as it matters what suffering causes in our lives. Maybe we were all meant to be hope hunters.


When I was 20 years old, my plans for my life, career, family, and future fell apart. One day I was an active sophomore in college, the next I was quadriplegic in the Intensive Care Unit, having suffered a massive brainstem stroke. I could not speak, swallow, or blink. Because I could hear, I listened as doctors warned my family that I had as little as 48 hours to live. There was nothing for us to do but pray. My faith sustained me in ways I can hardly explain, and a year later I walked back onto my college campus on my own two feet.

Eventually, I earned a B.S. in mass communication from Texas Wesleyan University, along with a Texas teaching certificate in English in 2002. Then in 2010, I earned an M.A. in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, I am pursuing an M.Div. at the King's University in Southlake, Texas.

I taught public high school and intermediate grade English for ten years. In 2007, the Texas Education Agency awarded me the distinguished honor of Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Currently, I write and speak full time, sharing messages of hope and endurance with education, business, and church groups across the country. Almost everyone walks away with a renewed sense of purpose.

I write and speak on hope and endurance because if there is one thing I know, it is how to keep going.

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 If you're looking for a book that will encourage you - remind you of who God truly is - this is the book! I haven't read a book that has touched my heart more, encouraged me more, or given me more hope (besides the Bible) . I think because the author has gone through so many health issues, like me, I could really relate and believe her when she said that there is hope!

I love the stories and analogies that she shares in this book. I could go from laughing out loud to crying in a matter of minutes because her writing touches my heart that much. I love that everything, everything, she shares is Biblical. She shows us who God really is by using His Word to show us. She encourages us not to give up even when we aren't sure that God is listening by reminding us, through Scripture, that He is.

My book is so highlighted! I knew right away that this book was going to need a highlighter so I could refer back to the passages that encouraged me and reminded me of that hope that needs to be hunted. I think my favorite story was about her mother and the circus. That reminded me to always be tenacious in praying to God about the things. He gives far more than we can even imagine!

This book really should be in everyone's hands! It's such a wonderful book, written from someone who knows what it's like to need hope. I related so much to Nika and how she thinks and feels. This book spoke to my heart like no other book has in a very long time. I love this book!!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Worthy Publishing and LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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