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Hope Unseen

Title:  Hope Unseen
Author:  Capt. Scotty Smiley                                 
Pages:  256
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Howard Books
                How many biographies have you read?  Have you ever read any autobiographies?  Hope Unseen is a very inspiring life story about “The U.S. Army’s First Blind Active-Duty Officer.”  Many times throughout our lives we may have planned, prepared for and achieved our goals that were at one time a dream.  Now, coming through the other side of such adversity, Captain Scotty shares his life and the lives of his family with readers.
                Born into a godly family and one of seven kids, Scotty shares his past growing up in a large family.  Scotty shares who influenced his life and who kept going when all want to sideline him out of life now that he is blind.  The book is written with a transparent heart that has gone through various trials and still continues to as he lives each day not being able to see.
                The moment I opened this book, I was hooked.  I had never heard of this courageous man or his family.  It never occurred to me that someone who was blind could remain in the service of his country or would even want to.  I am sure that while each person who serves our nation wants to stay in the service after being injured, this man’s faith shines through despite his injury.  The faith instilled in him since his youth is tested, tried, and deepened through adversity.  Character is forged through the fire of losing sight forever here on earth, with an uncertain future.
                In the book, we are reminded the influence parents have in forging the faith of their children.  Though we can’t see how certain personality traits might come into play in the adult life of our kids, reading Hope Unseen helps us catch the “vision” for those entrusted to us by God.  While we might not be thanked by our children or other children we influence while they are young, in the future you might see what becomes of what is planted in the life you nurture.
                All of us have a part to play in God’s plan for the present and the future, both in the lives of those we know now and others we have yet to meet.  Being a parent myself of two boys, who are now young men, I know the ups and downs of parenting and the hopes and desires.  I know how the choices I make today as well as those of my husband with our sons have yet to culminate to their ultimate fulfillment.  One thing I do know is very important, whether you have children or not, we all can influence the current and future generations.  We can all pray for them.  Some we can pray for by name, others we can pray for generally, trusting God because He knows each one.  We can encourage parents as they raise their kids to follow the Lord and live lives sold out for Him.
                The other encouragement we can give is to be in the Word daily as individuals, families and as the Body of Christ.  Daily devotions, reading the Word, studying the Word, and memorizing the Word will equip each generation to battle not just the battles in their lives, but also in the lives of others as well.  When you read Captain Scotty’s testimony, you will learn the verse that is inscribed under his military ring to remind him of his dependence on God, and God alone.  What verse or verses have you memorized?  If you had to pick a single verse or multiple verses, what would they be?
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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