In Hunting Hope, Nika Maples explored the topic of discovering hope in the mist of life’s unexpected storms. She shared how at the young age of twenty how she endured a stroke that made her unable to walk and speak. She never thought she would have to go through this major challenge. In this book, she was able to find hope again. She shared how God was with her through it and how He is able to restore joy and bring back the light in your eyes. She also included how Biblical characters endure through their difficult times and how we can learn a lot from them.
My favorite chapter was the one entitled, “He Will Carry You”. In this chapter, Nika revealed how she struggled with being single and how people view you differently when you’re “unattached”. She told the personal story of deciding to attend a young married class at church. Most of her friends were in the class and she was told by the leader, “to come back when she had a ring on her finger”. This was heartbreaking to her and I personally see nothing wrong with a single person attending a marriage class when they are unmarried. I believe single people need to hear about where other married people are struggling and dealing with. I understand how some may not agree with that because some may be afraid that the single person might try and take their spouse. But if they are both actively working towards having a strong marriage and providing what the other spouse needs and wants, they shouldn’t have to worry about someone else trying to take their spouse. It was also tough to read about how when Niki was almost fortieth a lady at a Bible study asked her to lay hands on her daughter and pray for her. This lady’s daughter was 27 and she was still not married yet. I connected with this chapter because I’m 26 and still single and not really going on dates and I have only been in one relationship that I knew that was bad for me. I loved how she shared what single people go through. People are constantly trying to fix me up too and they all end badly. I connect with how Nika had a desire to have a child. I also have the same desire and I have considered adopting at some point. But being a single man, the odds are against me. It was comforting to read the story about the two men moving the piano and she related this back to how God is able to carry our burdens and how He is mighty enough to be our strong tower.
I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is in need of some hope today. It’s so easy to lose our joy and hope for the future when life doesn’t go according to “our” plans. I love how she shared how God came through for her and how she was able to regain her hope after enduring a stroke. I really related to her and her struggles with being single and not really dating much. It’s was nice to know, I’m not the only one who has been let down and hurt by church members. I’m glad she shared how hunting and pursuing hope has increased her joy and help her to discover her purpose. I liked how she included tons of scriptures and Biblical stories in order to encourage readers to not to give up until they reach their promised land! This book has immensely helped to find my hope and joy again, if you’re losing hope, then go ahead and read this amazing book!
“I received a review copy of Hunting Hope from Litfuse for this review.”
About the book:
Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light (April 2016, Worthy Inspired)
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.
Nika Maples became a hope hunter after suffering a massive brainstem stroke that left her quadriplegic in her twenties. Doctors warned that she had as little as 48 hours to live, and---if she lived at all---she would never walk or talk again. There was no hope on the horizon. So Nika started to hunt for it. Today, she not only walks, but she speaks to audiences everywhere about the power of hunting hope when a situation appears hopeless. She says hope remains camouflaged in the daily mundane. If we are not looking for it, we will miss it, though it is right before our eyes.
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.
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About the author:
Nika Maples is the author of Twelve Clean Pages, the memoir of her survival of lupus and a stroke that left her quadriplegic at age 20. After learning to walk and talk again, she became a public school teacher, winning 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. She holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and currently is pursuing an MDIV from The King's University. When she is not traveling to speak, she lives, writes, and laughs as much as possible in Fort Worth, Texas.
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At twenty, Nika Maples learned that when hope was all she had, she claimed it boldly while defying all odds to recover from a devastating stroke. The lessons from that struggle are powerful and universal, and she shares those lessons in her new book, Hunting Hope. Doctors warned that she had as little as 48 hours to live, and—if she lived at all—she would never walk or talk again. There was no hope on the horizon. So Nika started to hunt for it. Today, she not only walks, but she speaks to audiences everywhere about the power of hunting hope when a situation appears hopeless. She says hope remains camouflaged in the daily mundane. If we are not looking for it, we will miss it, though it is right before our eyes.
Celebrate the release of Hunting Hope with a $200 Getaway Giveaway (details below) and a live webcast with Nika on May 26!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- One copy of Hunting Hope
- A $200 Hilton gift card to give a hope hunter the chance to rest