Who needs hope? Are you raising your hand? I am. We need hope for today, tomorrow, and the future. For small things and large things. For common dreams and secret dreams. For “normal” days and hard days.
Why do you need hope? Fill in the blank: I need hope because _____________.
May I share a hope-filled treasure with you?
DESTINATION HOPE: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart, authored by Marilyn Nutter and April White, offers authentic and riveting stories of women who found hope during unexpected trials and changes.
DESTINATION HOPE: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart, by Marilyn Nutter and April White, offers authentic and riveting stories of women who found hope during unexpected trials and changes. Click To Tweet
The authors’ honest words about tough times offer a life preserver in a turbulent sea. April wrote this positive spin: “Trials and detours are an invitation to a front-row seat to God’s faithfulness.” In one chapter, Marilyn confesses, “Loss, like baggage in the overhead bin, is never far from reach.” Then she leads us to a truth about God: “He keeps His promises and never lets go.”
I’d only recommend a book on hope if it pointed to real hope—the hope we have in Christ.
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.Psalm 39:7 ESV
As a member of the book launch team, I’m reading an advance copy. I’m highlighting and making notes in the margin because I know I’ll refer to this book again and again.
I encourage you to order a copy for yourself and your friends, so you’ll have this “Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart.” I’ll give this amazing book a 5-star rating in my reviews. But don’t take my word for it. Read below to discover what’s in store and why the authors chose this topic.
DESTINATION HOPE: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart
by Marilyn Nutter and April White
The hit that knocked you down is the one you didn’t see coming, but it doesn’t have to keep you there.
Hope–we all want hope!
Destination Hope is a beacon of light to those who stumble along the tearful trail of uncertainty and unexpected change.
Marilyn Nutter and April White, from two different states and representing two generations have been knocked off course by challenging life changes. A dormant gene surfaced in mid-life and took April into the journey of chronic illness. Marilyn was blindsided by sudden widowhood two days before Christmas while visiting family 2,000 miles from home.
Although April retired her pharmacist’s lab coat to the back of the closet, and Marilyn’s wedding ring was placed in a jewelry box, each found purpose and hope in new path marked with significant changes. Together they offer readers encouragement in unwelcomed life interruptions. April and Marilyn weave their personal stories along with narratives of other women knocked off course by events you may relate to–a prodigal, incarceration, death of a child, illness, widowhood, bankruptcy, special needs children, and other life challenges.
Destination Hope is arranged into six chapters called “Milepost Markers” that address losses, disappointments, or obstacles. Each entry concludes with a “Rest Area” for personal reflection, response to action, and/or opportunity to journal. A “Postcard” with a quote related to the topic sends readers off with encouragement, as they travel toward their destination of hope. An Appendix includes resources unique to various losses to guide readers in their travel plans.
It’s a tough topic many live out in real time, and Destination Hope offers camaraderie, reality, and insight for women who say, “I didn’t see this coming.” Destination Hope invites readers to link arms in friendship with April and Marilyn who have traveled a road they didn’t see ahead. Readers will discover in practical and personal ways, they can thrive, not merely survive. Hope can be their destination.
Destination Hope is available in print and Kindle format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com.
Destination Hope at Barnes and Noble
Destination Hope on ChristianBook.com
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18 thoughts on “Embrace Hope When Life is Hard”
Why do I need hope? What a great question to ask. I need hope because my goal is to endure the trials of this life and fallen world as I work to reach my goal of growing closer to God and carrying out His great commission. This life is hard, and without hope, the waves of grief and sorrow that come to every living being can overtake us. Hope tells me, this is not the final chapter.
What a comprehensive description of why we need hope, J. D. Thank you for sharing.
In this day and time we all need hope. Thank you for sharing this wonderful book. My prayer is it will help many place and find their hope in Jesus.
I agree, Carla. I’m praying the same for this amazing book. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.
We need hope because sometimes life is really hard. If God didn’t grant us hope, we couldn’t make it through the trials, but we have His promise: “Those who hope in the Lord shall renew theirstrength…” (Isaiah 40:31). We have hope to remind us that God will take care of us, today, tomorrow, and for eternity.
I am also reading Destination Hope and am inspired and uplifted by the stories of hope and faith being shared. Looking forward to the feel of the “real” book on release day, September 28.
Katherine, thank you for sharing your thoughts and that powerful verse from Isaiah. I appreciate this statement you included: “We have hope to remind us that God will take care of us, today, tomorrow, and for eternity.” Amen to that. I believe Destination Hope will encourage many readers.
This is a great recommend, and sounds like an awesome book. Thank you for sharing. Jeannie, I believe one aspect of hope is confidence that comes as we trust in God. It’s a supernatural hope (confidence) that fills us with an abundance of peace and joy from the power of the Holy Spirit.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Sometimes it comes slowly, as we mourn our loss, trust God with our every move and develop a personal history with Him.
Dawn, thank you for contributing so much to our discussion of this topic. I love the inclusion of Romans 15:13 and your description of hope: “It’s a supernatural hope (confidence) that fills us with an abundance of peace and joy from the power of the Holy Spirit.” Yes, I agree that “developing a personal history with Him” becomes golden as we live life with Him. I appreciate your wise words.
Life is hard and we all need hope. We press toward the prize like Paul did and hope is the power that gets us there. Marilyn and April’s book is an inspiration to keep readers focused on that goal. Wonderful way you shared their book. (You and I had the same idea as my blog for this week is using that same header picture where I share about their book too!)
Barbara, I love this statement you included: “ We press toward the prize like Paul did and hope is the power that gets us there. ” Thank you for commenting. Maybe great minds think alike? (wink, wink)
We cannot live without hope. I’m so grateful for wise friends who point us to the only sustainable and constant source of hope. No wonder He calls himself the God of all Hope. Thank you, Lord!
Lori, I’m thankful for your words and the hope that only God can give. He is truly “ the only sustainable and constant source of hope.” Marilyn and April’s book points us to Him.
Perfect timing for such an encouraging word. Excited to read the book.
Thank you, Jimmie. I finished my advance copy and highly recommend it.
Wonderful recommendation! I’m looking forward to receiving my copy!
Me, too, Candyce. The truths in this book will strengthen all of us.
Marilyn and April, “Destination Hope” sounds inspiring! Excited to read it!
Thank you, Dawn. It’s a book we’ll want to reread and share with friends. I appreciate your reading.