Stories of Hope

Hopeful stories are windows into the wonderful possibilities life has to offer. Stories of hope bring to life the ways in which people support each other, miracles make lives better, and individuals find new roads through challenging times. Turn to stories about hope whenever you need an encouraging boost on your path toward your best life.

Cecil Murphey at his home in Tucker, Georgia; photo by Michael A Schwarz

How a Pastor and Author Came to Terms with His Grief After Losing His Wife

A special gift helped Cecil Murphey accept his loss on the first Christmas in 58 years without his spouse.

The Bononi family with some of the portraits they rescued; photo courtesy Brian Bononi

They Matched Abandoned Photos with Those Who Posed for Them

The Bononi family touched hearts and changed lives when they set out to return the professional portraits.

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Mari Pack with her jalapeño plant; photo by Erica Seryhm Lee

A Success Story for a Poet and Her Jalapeño Plant

A poetry student with no gardening experience buys a seedling; she hopes that both her writing and the plant will bloom and grow.

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Lisa Workman and her rescue horse, Francie

How the Horse She Rescued Helped Her Find Herself Again

The little bay mare needed her. Taking her in turned out to be the best decision—for them both.

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Marine veteran Don Embrey

A Vietnam Veteran Builds a Banjo in Tribute to the Marine Corps

Don Embrey, a Marine veteran who served in Vietnam, performs on the special banjo he built in honor of the military branch in which he served.

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Ina Garten. Photo credit: Quentin Bacon

Holiday Comfort Dishes with Chef Ina Garten

The author and star of The Barefoot Contessa shares her favorite, simple dishes to try and enjoy this holiday season.

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Ty'Ann Brown, Guideposts' Vice President of Ministries

Keep the Faith with Ty'Ann Brown: Financial Blessings

Guideposts' VP of Ministries reminds us that God is there for us to turn to, no matter what trials and difficulties we may face—and that includes financial problems.

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Child actress Margaret O'Brien

Guideposts Classics: Margaret O'Brien's Love of Christmas

In this story from December 1948, the mother of child actress Margaret O’Brien shares how she and her daughter celebrated the Christmas season.

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Troy Vincent Sr. works to end the cycle of domestic violence. Photo: Todd Plitt

Faith Inspired Him to Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

Former NFL player Troy Vincent, who grew up in a violent home, now devotes himself to confronting this all-too-prevalent issue.

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Sam Sifton cooking in his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo by Stephen Speranza

Sharing Food and Faith During This Difficult Holiday Season

The acclaimed New York Times food editor offers five ways to celebrate the joy of Christmas—even from afar.  

Joanna and Bronwen; photo courtesy Joanna Corfield

How a Horse Helped Her Overcome Fear and Self-Loathing

After a lifetime of struggling with anxiety and eating disorders, could an animal show her the way to self-acceptance?

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Cliff Shiepe; photo by Dan MacMedan

How to Make the Most of a Miracle

He gave God all the credit for his healing. Twelve years later, why was he sick again?

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Ty'Ann Brown, Guideposts' Vice President of Ministries

Keep the Faith with Ty'Ann Brown: Breaking Down the Serenity Prayer

Guideposts' VP of Ministries explores how the Serenity Prayer can positively impact your life, whether or not you are dealing with an addiction or are in a 12-step program.

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Guidposts Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan

A Message of Hope from Edward Grinnan: All Are Welcome

As Guideposts celebrates its 75th anniversary, our editor-in-chief shares an intriguing passage from our 15th Anniversary edition, published in 1960.

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