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'Char's Gift' Offers a Remarkable Story of Hope Through the Storms of Life

Steve Harryman
April 9, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 9, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- Is it possible to find hope in the midst of tragedy? Or joy in the hardest times?

In Char's Gift: A Remarkable Story of Hope Through the Storms of Life, author Steve Harryman shares how life with his wife, Char, was changed forever on Easter Sunday, 1995, when she was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After several surgeries, trials, and everyday struggles over the course of nearly 25 years, they were always able to find their strength and comfort in the unfailing and unconditional love that God has for them.

Char's Gift helps readers notice it's possible to have hope and get closer to God through serious illness. Throughout the book, Steve shares their love story, Char's diagnosis, the beauty of Char helping people with debilitating illness feel empowered and hopeful, and the heartbreak of Char's passing.

"Char wanted to help everyone that God placed across her path," says Harryman. "The moment Char met someone was the moment her wheels began spinning to figure out how she was going to encourage that person. It didn't matter who it was—the woman at the nursing home who was scared of what would happen to her when she died; Char held her hand, telling her about the hope of heaven through Jesus. Or the twelve-year-old girl facing an aggressive brain tumor and getting a surprise balloon bouquet. Or her friend Marianne, who introduced Char to her developmentally disabled twin sister, Marlene. Whenever Marianne visited Marlene in the nursing home, she noticed the mail Marlene received. There was usually a card with a Bible verse from Char. After Marlene passed away, Marianne was going through a box of her things and discovered Char had sent her sister a dozen cards. That was Char."

Char's Gift encourages readers to never give up hope, always trust the Lord, and He will make the path clear. This story exemplifies the hope we can have even when life's challenges seem to define us.

"With all her struggles, with all her many battles against cancer, with all her perseverance and hope in Christ—Char was one of the most inspiring women I've ever met." -- Joni Eareckson Tada

Publisher: Elm Hill, A Division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Release Date: May 19, 2020

About Steve Harryman
Steve Harryman is founder and president of Hope Through the Storm Ministries, a Christian faith-based organization devoted to bringing hope and encouragement to people facing serious illness and disability.  Steve is also an award-winning filmmaker/videographer, photographer and successful magazine writer. Char's Gift is his first book.  Steve lives in West Michigan and was married to his wife Char for nearly thirty-three years before she went to heaven in May of 2019.

For more information, visit Steve's website: steveharryman.com

SOURCE Steve Harryman

CONTACT: steve@steveharryman.com 
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