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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Introducing Hope Found

We have some really exciting news we wanted to share. For the last seven years, we have been turning our story into a book. It contains excerpts from this blog that so many of you have honored us by reading as well as the lessons we have learned on our journey. Our goal in sharing our journey is to provide HOPE to those of you in the midst of your trial or those of you supporting those you love in their pain.  On this Thanksgiving week, we are so grateful. We are grateful most of all for God’s sustaining love and incredible faithfulness in our lives. We know there is no way we could have found the peace that we have or the meaning in our suffering without His mercy and grace. We are grateful for each other and the love that we are blessed to share. And we are grateful for our family and friends that have walked this journey with us and poured out their love on our family.

We are humbled to share with you that when God placed on our hearts the vision of turning our story into a book, we had no idea where the road was going to take us. After many sleepless nights, thousands of edits, some tears and some trepidation – we are sending our book to the publisher this weekend.

HOPE FOUND will be available in April 2017. Updates will be posted here on our blog. Please pray with us that God will use it to help others find healing and hope in their situations.

With much love and gratitude,
Jim & Ginger


  1. Ginger, Jim: The fact you have found each other in the midst of overwhelming personal grief leaves me a with small smile, and more than a few tears. Sometimes, life happens for a reason. I wish you a long and happy life together.

  2. I read your wonderful story. I am a writer in Southern California. Would you allow me to interview you for a story? Please contact me at mmichelsen@charter.net

  3. Are you aware there is a Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall in Marseilles, Illinois? Major Troy Gilbert's name is engraved on the wall. If you'd like more information and pictures, I can provide them for you. You may contact me at tbruno@mtco.com.