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

Bill Bartman, the kindly debt collector
Bill Bartman cares more about helping people solve their financial woes than hounding them about their debts. And his efforts are well rewarded.

Jason Hynson, holding his Pistol Pete mascot head.
Most guys want to play ball. He had a different dream, one some might consider strange.
by Jason Hynson
, Rocky Mount, Missouri

Marcus Weaver
The Aurora gunman had wounded his body, but all these years later his stepdad was still tearing away at his soul.
by Marcus Weaver
, Denver, Colorado

Stephanie Thompson
Growing up, she learned never to count on her father. Could anything make up for a lifetime of hurt?
by Stephanie Thompson
, Edmond, Oklahoma

Noah Brocklebank, a 7th grader from Baltimore

A 13-year-old who posts online his intention to end his life receives a flood of encouragement and support from thousands of unexpected sources.


A Z-shaped cloud in a blue sky

The daughter of Zig Ziglar reminds us that even at the darkest times we are given reason to rejoice.

by Julie Ziglar Norman
, Alvord, Texas

An evening shot of Erin playing with sparklers, and a figure standing nearby

A backyard photo of a child who is battling leukemia shows that she is not alone in her struggle.


A West Va. doctor who treats those who can afford to pay--and those who can't

Meet Dafna Michaelson, who traveled the country to publicize the good works of people who were making a difference in their communities.


Sheryl Smith-Rodgers and her son, Patrick

She wanted her son’s marriage to be better than hers had been. Could she do the one thing she was most afraid of?

by Sheryl Smith-Rogers
, Blanco, Texas

Jean Stapleton

The star of All in the Family tells how she overcame her own Archie Bunker problem.

by Jean Stapleton


Jennifer Hubbard and her husband, Matt

How this Sandy Hook mom survived her daughter’s loss.

by Jennifer Hubbard
, Newtown, Connecticut

Peggy Frezon and her son-in-law, Aaron, in the kitchen

She loved her son-in-law and wanted him to know he was part of the family, but did he feel left out?

by Peggy Frezon
, Rennselaer, New York

A robin on a holly branch in the snow

It was a long, cold winter. And hard to imagine Easter. Then Mom’s call came...

by Marci Alborghetti
, New London, Connecticut

Hugh Jackman in a scene from Les Misérables

The award-winning actor and acclaimed director discuss the making of this eagerly awaited inspirational film.


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