Stories Of Hope

      Guideposts co-founder and best-selling author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
      once turned around the old saying, “Where there is life there is hope,”
      to “Where there is hope there is life.” Why did he do this? Because, as
      he put it, “You’re never beaten down as long as you have hope.”

      The real-life stories of hope here show how individuals in desperate
      straits 
clung to a glimmer of hope and were richly rewarded. Read on
      and discover the message 
of hope in these truly inspiring stories.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Stories of Hope

An artist's portrait of Corrie ten Boom

In this story from November 1972, the author of The Hiding Place recalls forgiving a guard at the concentration camp where her sister died.

by Corrie ten Boom


Jane Wyman

In this story from June 1964, the Oscar-winning actress recalls the priest who helped her overcome shyness and focus on God and other people.

by Jane Wyman


Bobby Henline

The only one of his comrades to survive an explosion in Iraq, he soon learned to share his gift of healing humor.

by Bobby Henline
, Universal City, Texas

An illustration of a cottonwood's pink blossom encased in ice

Another long, gray Dakota winter. She didn’t know if she could survive it.

by Mary Emerson
, Fargo, North Dakota

Elizabeth Sherrill leans in to smooch her husband, John.

She had every reason to be happy. So why wasn’t she?

by Elizabeth Sherrill
, Hingham, Massachusetts

Three pale eggs in a nest

A pair of white birds bring unexpected comfort to a grieving mom.

by Rita Turner
, Irvine, California

Lindsey O'Connor

After a near-fatal medical emergency left her facing a lengthy and difficult recovery, she wondered where He had been during her trials.

by Lindsey O'Connor
, Castle Rock, Colorado

Jenni (left) and Haylee, outside the Cleveland Clinic

They were best friends separated by a thousand miles, until something unbelievable brought them together again.

by Haylee Crecco and Jenni Maianu
, Twinsburg, Ohio

Scott Hamilton ends a routine with a flourish.

When Scott Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer, his faith never weakened—especially when he thought of his mother and her battle.

by Scott Hamilton
, Franklin, Tennessee

A flash mob composed of military musicians performs.

You'll be inspired as this flash mob of military musicians delights visitors to the National Air and Space Museum.


Lori Durham's lost-and-found Christmas ornament

She wasn't really feeling the holiday spirit, but a simple ornament hung on the tree made all the difference.

by Lori Durham
, Brunswick, Georgia

Kathryn Slattery

Holiday sadness and a favorite ceramic knick-knack lead to a lesson in transforming suffering into something beautiful.

by Kathryn Slattery
, New Canaan, Connecticut

An artist's rendering of blowing leaves

A woman grieving over her sister's passing is comforted by unexpected gusts of wind.

by Mary Whitney
, Leavittsburg, Ohio

Donald Driver

As a troubled teen, former NFL star Donald Driver was placed on the right path by a loving neighbor. 

by Donald Driver
, Flower Mound, Texas

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