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.
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.
GENRE: Nonfiction, Christian
PUBLISHER: Worthy Inspired
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2016
Hunting Hope is one of those books that I’m pretty sure was written just for me. As in, Nika Maples sat down, got in my head, and wrote exactly what I needed to hear. Ok, probably not. But that’s the cool thing about God – He isn’t limited by the fact that Nika and I have never met. He still used her words to speak grace and truth and conviction and HOPE to my heart.
I’ve talked here before about my battle with chronic pain & a couple of autoimmune diseases. They don’t define me, certainly, but they do make it so difficult some days (most days) to see hope and joy if I’m being honest. In her engaging, conversational and “real” style – infused with touches of delightfully wry humor – Nika Maples challenged me to pursue hope like I’m hunting it down. Her teaching on this subject comes from a place of experience and therefore from the lessons she’s learned in the dark & dreary winter seasons of her life. It’s practical, accessible, and so very encouraging.
One of my favorite discussions in Hunting Hope is when Nika recalls that Jeff Gordon commercial from a couple years ago – the one where he disguises himself as a used car buyer and takes a salesman on a rather wild ride. The salesman spends the entire speeding and spinning ride in sheer and utter panic. Until – after returning to the car lot – he learns who his driver had been all along. Not the average used car buyer but a NASCAR racing champion. Grinning, the man recovers long enough to ask, “Wanna do it again?” Nika brings this illustration back to our relationship with God. Sometimes our journey with Jesus can feel much like that car ride – and we scream and panic and curse at our Driver, crying out that He must be crazy! WHY is He taking us down this treacherous path?!? And does He have to take those curves so sharply?!? We may even reach out to grab the wheel and try to take over. Surely that would be safer. (It completely isn’t.) But, as Nika writes so profoundly, no sharp turn catches God by surprise. “His navigational skill is unsurpassed.” When we find ourselves asking “why”, we should reframe our question with “who”. “The ‘who’ can put the ‘why’ into perspective. Knowing Who is in control will wrap peace around the why.”
You see, God Himself is the Treasure in the darkness; “He is the secret that makes suffering bearable.” Even though you may be walking through your own winter season, “God knows how many steps are left until you reach spring.”
Bottom Line: Nika Maple’s honest insights and anecdotes from her own life added to the compelling and engaging tone of Hunting Hope. Her humor made me chuckle; her stories often made me teary; her relationship with Jesus made me want to tune up those areas of my own that could use a little work. I will particularly take away the reminder of how tender and personal Jesus is with each of us – in each season of our lives. This is something I already have experienced for myself, but the way it was framed on these pages gave me fresh insight and renewed love for my God. The truth taught in Hunting Hope is accessible to everyone yet still incredibly profound. It will touch the deepest places of your heart and give you the courage to be a hope hunter.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Fantastic!
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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.
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
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