Book Summary

Katherine and Jay Wolf were a young couple living the dream in Southern California, but all was nearly lost when Katherine suffered a shocking near-fatal brainstem stroke and struggled to find hope in a life that looked nothing like the one they had before.

About the Book

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.


As I read this book, tears streamed from my eyes even as joy flooded my heart. Jay and Katherine are a raw yet refreshing testimony to the unshakable trustworthiness of God amidst the unimaginable trials of life. This book reminds all of us where hope can be found in a world where none of us know what the next day holds.

Hope Heals is a beautiful, true story that illustrates the love and protection God has for us even in the darkest times of our lives. Katherine and Jay’s dedication to each other and the Lord through their most devastating season is inspiring. This book will help your heart believe that He sees, He knows, He cares, and He is still working miracles today!

Jay and Katherine Wolf have had our respect for years, but they have our hearts too. They’ll soon have yours. Hope Heals isn’t just a beautifully written book; it’s a duet by two people who love Jesus and love each other. It’s a book filled with a score of authentic high notes and painful low ones. This book isn’t just a moving story; it’s a song sung by two humble people and what they’ve learned about love when the cadence of their lives unexpectedly changed.

I stumbled upon Katherine’s blog near the beginning of her recovery. The words of a sister fighting for her life captivated us all. Now years later, she is fighting for our lives---for us to live the fullest we can with all that we’ve been given. Do not miss this!

I know Jay and Katherine, and I welcome this book, not just as a stirring account of facing tragedy but as a beautiful story of a couple’s relentless love---for God and for each other.

The book you hold in your hands is so powerful, for if awful things happen to you, you now have a guide . . . Hope Heals may well be your most treasured companion through great trial and pain . . . Do not assume you’ve “heard it all before.” Theirs is a story so raw, visceral, and impossibly real that you can’t help but identify.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780310344544
  • ISBN 10: 0310344549
  • Imprint: Zondervan
  • On Sale: 2016-04-26
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: $24.99
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2016-04-26
  • Trim Size: 145.000mm x 221.000mm x 24.000mm
  • Weight: 385.000gr
  • Category 1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Inspirational
  • Category 3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious
  • Category 4 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / People with Disabilities