Hopelifter by Kathe Wunnenberg | Book Review

I received a copy of “Hopelifter” by Kathe Wunnenberg as a BookLook blogger so I can share my thoughts on it. Regardless, all opinions expressed are my own.

Hopelifter - Kathe Wunnenberg book review

When I saw Hopelifter in a list of books available for review, I knew I had to read it. Growing up as one of our church’s youth leaders, I see that so many people need encouragement. So a book that would help me become better at talking to people would be very beneficial to me.

About Hopelifter:

‘I wish there were something I could do to ease the pain.’ How often do women see a friend in distress or crisis, but feel helpless to really make a difference? Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts takes the mystery out of how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone in need of hope, comfort and care. Kathe Wunnenberg, whose hope-lifting ministry has impacted the lives of thousands, demonstrates simple, practical ways that acts of creative compassion can transform lives.

Whether it’s encouraging a jobless friend, lifting the spirits of someone trapped in antidepressant meds, leaving an anonymous gift for a grieving mother, hosting a starting-over shower for a divorced friend, or playing one small part in long-term support for a family in deep crisis, daily opportunities to make a difference in hurting lives are limitless for a Hopelifter.

The perfect book for women who want to spread hope in their friendships, workplace, neighborhoods, and homes, and ideal for those in caring roles in churches and ministries.

The book is divided into 3 major parts: Discovering Hope, Embracing Hope, and Giving Hope. It includes “100 Recipes of Hope”, a discussion guide, a list of verses of hope, and some resources and websites for helping and encouraging others.  Of the 3 major parts of Hopelifter, I liked the last one the best because I feel like I got so much out of it.

I loved seeing how others dealt with specific situations such as work stress, loneliness, infant loss, and many more. Of course, their situations may not be exactly like the ones our friends are going through but it’s nice to know what worked for other people.

But it’s not exactly a how-to kind of book so if you’re looking for that, this may not be the right book. But it does give you snippets on what others are doing to encourage others.

You can purchase Hopelifter on Amazon.com! Just click below!

About the author: Kathe Wunnenberg is the founder and president of Hopelifters Unlimited. She is a speaker, writer, leader, and connector known for her ability to offer creative solutions for real life problems. The author of Grieving the Loss of a Loved One and Grieving the Child I Never Knew, Kathe lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family. Connect with Kathe at www.hopelifters.com.

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I received a copy of “Hopelifter” by Kathe Wunnenberg as a BookLook blogger so I can share my thoughts on it. Regardless, all opinions expressed are my own.


Hopelifter by Kathe Wunnenberg | Book Review — 48 Comments

  1. Sounds like a good book when I need some encouragement. I will add to my goodreads 😉 Thanks for reviewing!

  2. Life hurts for me right now – Since my husband passed away life has been very hard and now I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I like to read inspirational books that may help me make sense of the way life can hurt. Thank you

  3. This title just wants me to read this book. This book would be a great gift for those going thru hard times that need a lift up and words of encouragement to help them go on in life. Thanks so much for the review on it.

  4. I’m a bookworm and I read less nonfiction books this year. This review makes me want to read the book. Hope is all we need in times like this. Thanks for sharing

  5. Sounds like a great book that everyone should read, putting it on my to read list this winter

  6. I am going to add this to my list of books to read, thank you for bringing it to our attention with the review,

  7. I recently lost hubby of 20 yrs,mom and brother too,weeks apart .was a yr Nov 10 2012 so recently is so funny I hope ,they returned ya know ,I think this book would do me good to as I dont need no ;how to. No one knows how to mourn,I have a awesome God who gave me alittle more time than we mourned Mosses.lol so Laughter is something my mother said ”Be happy I am not in no more pain”Neither are the rest.My hope is someone reads this and hugs there family alittle tighter this yr,dont take face value for granted.,and laugh alot louder go ahead ,Live .like its the last day. I never thought in my wildest dream I would say good by to my Randy .He said ”I love you”I turned around and he was gone.There is hope for the future ..just live it .

    • Marylou,
      As I read the description of Hopelifter I thought this is a book for me. I want to give hope to others. I don’t know what you are going through, I only know the one who does and His grace is new every morning. If I were there, I would put my arm around you, give you a hug and tell you that it is alright to grieve for the loss of your husband and parents. We know that they would want you to be filled with joy everyday of your life. I pray that you know that joy comes from knowing and serving Christ. Look to Him to be your strength and your ever-present help in time of trouble. He will love you, guide you and give you wisdom. May God bless you with people who will love and encourage you. Marcia

  8. I am a person who feels another persons pain deeply.In a sense that can be a good thing too but I am always terrified to say the wrong thing or to phrase it wrong at such a time.That has never really happened yet but its a big fear of mine.This book would be a big help for me that way.

  9. I love the way you reviewed Hopelifter and made me feel that I could be an encourager to those suffering around me. Thank you for your words that encouraged me.

  10. This sounds like a great book, I think everune could benefit from reading this book. Thank you for this review.

  11. This seems like it would be a great book to give someone who was going through some bad times. I will keep it in mind. Thanks for the review.
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  12. That sounds like a good read. It is sometimes hard to know what to say to someone going through a difficult situation.

  13. I really like the helping hints suggested in Hopelifter. I personally know so many families and individuals in various stages of crisis. I don’t always know how to help but can often lead someone in the right direction. And, pray.

  14. really enjoyed your review on this book and it sounds like everyone should or could use a copy of this,, this definitely would make a great gift for that friend or someone special also.. thanks again @tisonlyme143

  15. I own this book because when I read a blurb about it, I thought that I would like to help others in the same way. I felt that after reading Kathe Wunnenberg’s words I might be able to encourage the women in my life.

  16. This sounds like a great uplifting book, definitely worth a read. Thank you for this review.

  17. I can’t tell you how much hope means to people. I constantly receive phone calls from people in crisis or playing the waiting game for a diagnosis or answer to a problem in their lives. I realized that they need someone to listen to their story and to give them hope for the future. I have even had people in stores and on the street tell me their story and I just listen patiently then try to give them hope. This is a wonderful subject for a book. The need is great.

  18. This is DEFINITELY on my book list now. The subject matter is very timely concerning family members and friends and yes, myself! I would love to get a fresh perspective or fresh ideas. Afterall, hope deferred makes a heart grow weary/sick.

  19. I like the premise of this book. It doesn’t claim to have all the answers just support and love. I feel these are the two most helpful components to help a family member or friend on the way to recovery.

  20. I love reading. Thanks for the review on this book. I’ve put it on my wishlist.

  21. This book sounds like something I need to have in my reader. I am always reading things for encouragement and to encourage others.

  22. This title is going on my To Read list. I always find myself at a loss for words just when others are hurting.

  23. Sounds like this book could be a useful way to encourage people. Thanks for sharing!

  24. This is a book I have to read. I think it would be a great read for me this summer. Thank you so much for the review.

  25. Sounds like a wonderful encouraging read. My mother in law was just diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. This book would be very helpful. It is at the top of my “To Read” list.

  26. This looks like a great book. I added it to my Goodreads list because I need this sort of message in my life.

  27. This books sounds wonderful and beautiful, Being my age you have seen many hurt and distressed , It would be nice to be able to give them that comfort and hope they so deserve.