Halo Found Hope A Memoir

Halo Found Hope - A Memoir Book Cover Halo Found Hope - A Memoir
Helo Matzelle
non-fiction, memoir
Dog Ear Publishing
paperback
214

Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope?
A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.
Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?

Raw and real, “Halo Found Hope,” shares the journey of a young woman, who by God’s grace and mercy defeats death, seemingly more than once.  Her trying tale of medical triumph over brain cancer, shows God’s hand in the actions of her surgeon, intensive care personnel, family, and perhaps most touchingly herself.  The book is laced with scripture and reference to God’s presence in daily life, especially on the hardest days.  Helo’s triumphs aren’t limited to her own survival, but also in withstanding the trials and tribulations involved with watching your own child undergo treatment for an unexpected and rare life threatening complication from routine surgery.  The text is moving and inspiring, and likely to be especially moving for those relying heavily on God for guidance and love in their lives.  “Halo Found Hope” is an amazing story of survival and joy!

The amount of scripture and reference to God in this book can be overwhelming and at times feels a bit preachy, but I feel as though the author may not have been able to write it any other way – in many ways this book reads as a tribute to her faith and a testament to her overwhelming belief in Jesus.  Her writing seems therapeutic and I do believe that others may find reading her words therapeutic and/or inspirational in helping overcome some of life’s most trying obstacles.  The story line is strong and interesting, but the plot is dominated by the author’s relationship with Jesus.  She doesn’t ever seem to doubt the power and choices of God and that is a struggle for me to believe, although the story in this author’s words really does feel true.  If you aren’t Christian or overly interested in reading a memoir focused more on God than anything else, this may not be your best pick.  I’m sincerely glad that this author chose to share her story.  As an added incentive to check out this book, a portion of the author proceeds go to the National Brain Tumor Society.

 I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.


Giveaway

This story of hope and faith in the midst of great physical and medical adversity is sure to encourage you in your faith. Helo Matzelle’s Halo Found Hope is a must-read. Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room—was there any hope? Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor.

Halo is offering a Kindle Fire to one lucky reader to celebrate the release of Halo Found Hope!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Halo Found Hope

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From the Publisher:

Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope?
A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.
Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?
Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes
instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a
dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles.Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about
endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her
prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right
there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage
and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.