Hope Heals - Katherine Wolf & Jay Wolf

Hope Heals

By Katherine Wolf & Jay Wolf

  • Release Date: 2016-04-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 199 Ratings


When all seems lost, where can hope be found? 

Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams--she as a model and he as a lawyer--they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just six months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family. 

On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly two years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame. 

Defying every prognosis with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chance by embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find . . . hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls. 

An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, eight years later, Katherine and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope in this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.


  • Amazing.

    By Lorin BB
    Katherine and Jay, you did a stunning job of creating this book. I just heard Katherine speak two weeks ago at Oklahoma Baptist University and I instantly knew I needed to get my hands on the book and read it. Your story is beautiful and God is working so clearly in your lives. I am glad to have shared in your lives by reading a part of your story. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being vulnerable in sharing this.
  • Book that truly Honors God

    By Mariner14
    The story told in this book is heartbreaking and life-giving. In the physical sense, Katherine and Jay’s experiences are hard to relate to, yet the soul struggle resonates deep within me. I feel I have beheld the beauty of the Lord in reading this book.
  • Thank you Jay and Katherine

    By Skodonnell
    Thank you for sharing your story, bringing both tears of what is lost and tears to still hope for what can be. My body is whole but my marriage is broken, not because of an accident but because of my poor choices and failure as a husband. I have lost hope not just in my marriage but in so much of life. Every morning I wake up with such a deep sadness, but your prayer on Thanksgiving day spoke so much truth into my soul. My tragedy isn’t from an accident though, it’s from my sin, and so there are parts of your prayer I can’t embrace as true for me, but I’m trying to rewrite what God may be saying to me that I can actual believe. Thank you for giving me the hope that God may be saying something to me that I just haven’t been able to receive yet!
  • Hope Heals

    By tuxcuddles
    Great! Inspiring!
  • Talk about goosebumps

    By Karabdee
    I have highlighted, marked, and scribbled in this book. I was touched throughout the turning of each page with goosebumps, tears, and gripping sorrow. What a testimony!! Romans 5:3-5.What perseverance and what HOPE! I recommend this book 7 times over. Now excuse me while I read it for the second time.
  • Only God...

    By wildlyblessed
    Only God moves and works through pain and suffering in such a way to provide hope and healing... not just for Jay and Katherine, but for thousands more. Their poignant story shines the spotlight on just how good and faithful God really is. Thank you, Jay and Katherine, for the beautiful way you have lived out 1 Peter 4:10... faithfully administering God's give through the sharing of your story.
  • Hope Heals

    By 329rcaj
    Touching and inspirational from both Katherine and Jay's perspectives. It brought tears and goosebumps and challenged me to not only be a more compassionate Christian, but a better, more loving husband as well.
  • Hope Heals - Awesome!

    By Anita R -Tampa
    This book is very inspirational! I was not disappointed at all. I am going through my own health issues and found so much hope in the words of this couple! I cannot wait to share the book with friends.
  • Hope does Heal

    By Austenite Numba 1
    This books speaks beautiful life truths learned through suffering. It echoes lessons I have learned in this past year of grief. A great read.
  • Anyone enduring suffering should read this...

    By stephnerdprincess
    “Hope Heals” is the true story of Jay and Katherine Wolf. They were a young married couple with a six-month-old baby, when they faced the greatest challenge of their lives. When they were both only 26 years old, Katherine survived a massive brain stem stroke, and Jay became her primary caregiver. The book tells the story of the seven years past her stroke, in alternating voices from Katherine and Jay. It is interesting to read the challenges they each faced in the days following her stroke, both greatly affected by it in very different ways. They discuss everything they went through personally as well as a family during the stroke, the recovery, and after coming home to adjust to their new normal. This story is about two warriors facing the greatest battle of their lives, trusting and submitted to a God who is even greater than the battle that they face and bigger than their devastating circumstances. I highly recommend that every person going through suffering read this story. When I say suffering, I mean suffering of many kinds—from physical sickness to divorce; I’ve heard so many people greatly moved and comforted by this story. It’s incredibly moving to see two people go through such a massive change in their lives, and yet stay anchored to their hope in Christ and to each other. After reading this book, your suffering may not change, but your perspective on that suffering will. Their hope is contagious, and it definitely encouraged me in my own suffering. I also highly encourage anyone who is married or even single with the desire to marry to read this book. This is one of the most beautiful pictures of a covenantal marriage I’ve ever seen. Their love for each other during a situation that would surely cause many people to divide is deeply inspiring. They clung to their faith and each other in a way many people would not in such circumstances. They truly do their best to live out an Ephesians 5 marriage, and what a beautiful example they are to fellow believers. In short, Jay and Katherine’s story will encourage your heart. Jay’s love and devotion to Katherine will inspire you to love the ones around you more; and Katherine’s strength and perseverance will inspire you to hold on through whatever trial you are going through. Do not miss out on a chance to be blessed—on April 26th, 2016, buy Hope Heals and a box of Kleenex—because this beautiful story will move you to tears!