This is a true story, not a fiction book this time; and it is amazing. I did have to read Halo Found Hope a little bit at a time because it was overwhelming for me – just reading it. I can’t imagine living through it.
Total disclosure here: I scanned some of the early chapters because it was very uncomfortable to read about the tumor and the operation. I do understand why she wrote it. I would not have gotten as much from the rest of the book if I did not know what she went through.
While I do not like the use of multiple Bible versions; I greatly admire the way Helo studies and uses the Bible in her life and, in turn, this book. She turns to Scripture whenever she is struggling, and receives hope. I’m not sure that I could make it through all of what the author did and keep such a strong faith and trust in the Lord.
I’m so glad that she included the chapter about her 4 miscarriages and the miracle of her son, Jordan. She shows compassion by asking, learning, and writing about what her parents and children went through as she went through her whole ordeal.
I love the way that Helo takes the time to witness and encourage others, and the Lord sets up so many situations for her to be a blessing to others. I also loved reading about the way the Lord encouraged her through others just when it was needed.
The book really is full of hope. I’d previously read a different book about a woman that had gone through a big physical tragedy and it was somewhat depressing as she questioned God and complained. Not so with this book! Every chapter of this book was encouraging and made me stop and say, “Thank you Lord.”
Here is some backcover copy:
Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope? A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited. Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless…or could she? Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Dog Ear Publishing. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.