Hope Unseen: The Story Of The U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer  -     By: Scotty Smiley, Doug Crandall
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Hope Unseen: The Story Of The U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer

Howard Books / 2012 / Paperback

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When Captain Smiley was blinded by a suicide bomber in Iraq, he was robbed of his sight---but not his indomitable spirit! With God's help, he's climbed Mt. Ranier, won ESPN's "Best Outdoor Athlete" award, and taught leadership at West Point. His amazing story will challenge you to trust God to help you achieve your dreams.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.44 X 8.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1451672918
ISBN-13: 9781451672916
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A nervous glance from a man in a parked car. Muted instincts from a soldier on patrol. Violent destruction followed by total darkness. Two weeks later, Scotty Smiley woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helpless . . . and blind.

 Blindness became Scotty’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, Captain Smiley resented the theft of his dreams—becoming a CEO, a Delta Force operator, or a four-star general.

With his wife Tiffany’s love and the support of his family and friends, Scotty was transformed—the injury only intensifying his indomitable spirit. Since the moment he jumped out of a hospital bed and forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower, Captain Scotty Smiley has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY as Best Outdoor Athlete, surfed, skydived, become a father, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, commanded an army company, and won the MacArthur Leadership Award.

Scotty and Tiffany Smiley have lived out a faith so real that it will inspire you to question your own doubts, push you to serve something bigger than yourself, and encourage you to cling to a Hope Unseen.

Author Bio

Captain Scotty Smiley is the Army’s only active-duty blind officer. He lost the use of both eyes when a car bomber blew himself up in front of Scotty’s vehicle. A recipient of the bronze star and Purple Heart, he currently teaches the core course in leadership at West Point. Scotty and his wife Tiffany are the proud parents of two young children. Doug Crandall served in the Army for thirteen years, including the last five at West Point where he was an award-winning leadership teacher and later the Executive Officer to the Dean. Doug now lives in Richland, Washington, with his wife Stephanie and their children.

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  1. Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful, real
    April 7, 2013
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not usually a big fan of books about people who lived through a traumatic event, and I'll tell you why. Some books tell readers everything about a person's life, when really, we just want to know about the traumatic event and recovery, with enough backstory to make it meaningful. But please, don't tell me about your sixth grade dance. Other books about traumatic events either don't feel authentic, as in, the author doesn't really let us see the ugly side of their journey because he/she doesn't want to seem unspiritual. Still other books are interesting enough but fail to inspire because it's difficult to translate the lessons into the reader's life.

    None of the above were true of Unseen Hope. I truly loved this book. It's well-written, to the point, and painfully, satisfyingly honest. What happens when a man of God loses his sight? Well, in Capt. Smiley's case, he didn't kumbayah-away the pain. He didn't want to pray. He didn't even want others to pray for him. This is tough stuff.

    But his journey didn't end there. He overcame so much, it was just jaw-dropping mind-boggling to read about. His wife Tiffany played an incredible role in her husband's life. They had been married sixteen months before his injury, only four months of which were spent together.

    In his book, Capt. Smiley says:

    "'The me who could see was used to climbing mountains and thanking God for coming along. The me who could not see was totally dependent. "You need to trust Me, Scotty," I sensed God telling me "And you need to depend on others." I can do all things. There is nothing in the Bible that qualifies that statement, nothing that says I need eyes. It says only that I need Christ. It was a truth that my blindness was going to help me see. My confidence was being moved away from self—from my own ability to see and control—to a new hope, a hope unseen.'" (p. 148)

    His story is truly inspirational. If you get a chance, read it. You'll be so glad you did.
  2. Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful, real
    April 7, 2013
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not usually a big fan of books about people who lived through a traumatic event, and I'll tell you why. Some books tell readers everything about a person's life, when really, we just want to know about the traumatic event and recovery, with enough backstory to make it meaningful. But please, don't tell me about your sixth grade dance. Other books about traumatic events either don't feel authentic, as in, the author doesn't really let us see the ugly side of their journey because he/she doesn't want to seem unspiritual. Still other books are interesting enough but fail to inspire because it's difficult to translate the lessons into the reader's life.

    None of the above were true of Unseen Hope. I truly loved this book. It's well-written, to the point, and painfully, satisfyingly honest. What happens when a man of God loses his sight? Well, in Capt. Smiley's case, he didn't kumbayah-away the pain. He didn't want to pray. He didn't even want others to pray for him. This is tough stuff.

    But his journey didn't end there. He overcame so much, it was just jaw-dropping mind-boggling to read about. His wife Tiffany played an incredible role in her husband's life. They had been married sixteen months before his injury, only four months of which were spent together.

    In his book, Capt. Smiley says:

    "'The me who could see was used to climbing mountains and thanking God for coming along. The me who could not see was totally dependent. "You need to trust Me, Scotty," I sensed God telling me "And you need to depend on others." I can do all things. There is nothing in the Bible that qualifies that statement, nothing that says I need eyes. It says only that I need Christ. It was a truth that my blindness was going to help me see. My confidence was being moved away from self—from my own ability to see and control—to a new hope, a hope unseen.'" (p. 148)

    His story is truly inspirational. If you get a chance, read it. You'll be so glad you did.
  3. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Change how you SEE your own life!!!
    November 7, 2012
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Captain Scotty Smiley, might not see things like we do, but it doesn't mean he doesn't see what is important and how to live his life despite seemingly difficult circumstances. While serving in Mosul in Iraq he became the target of a suicide bomber and subsequently lost his eyesight. He could have dealt with things as most of us would have and simply come home and attempt to live a life as best as he could now being completely blind, but he didn't. He did things most of us only imagine. He scaled the heights of Mt. Rainer, served as the army's first action-duty blind officer and its first blind company commander.

    He continues to inspire countless numbers of people including myself to stop feeling sorry for what life has dealt you and instead move forward in the grace and strength that God has given us all. In each chapter, you see how difficult things are for Scotty to pick up the pieces and simply do what all of us with sight can do. Perhaps we are the ones who are truly blind and Scotty has been given a different set of eyes to see the possibilities in life, if we are only willing to take a step of faith and move forward. I truly believe that this book is a great inspirational story and the perfect gift for those facing their own set of unique circumstances that are attempting to hold them back. It will hopefully provide them with enough hope that they don't have to settle for anything less than what God has in store for them. The possibilities are truly endless.

    I received Hope Unseen by Captain Scotty Smiley compliments of Howard Books, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I truly value my gift of sight, and wouldn't know where to begin to do even some of the things that Scotty did. I could never imagine in my wildest dreams, taking on a mountain climb to a 14,000 foot summit, across endless ice bridges only strong enough to support one man, and knowing you must walk it alone with only words and a rope as your guide. Just closing my eyes and attempting to navigate a sidewalk is challenging enough for me. Scotty Smiley is a true inspiration to those of us that often wonder where the heroes are in this world. In my book, he is one of the greatest. I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this one if you are feeling with no hope in your life. Perhaps it might change how you "see" your life!
  4. Irene
    United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 30, 2011
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a very moving story about an officer in the Army who loses his sight while serving in Iraq. You will follow him on his journey through the loss of his sight to accomplishing goals he never thought possible.

    This book is not about the tragedy of something lost but about the hope for a future. From mountain climbing to surfing you will follow this brave man as he conquers adventures even a man with sight may find hard.

    I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how it showed the positive and negative of having a disability. I was encouraged by how the family relied on the Lord and how He never forgot them.

    The book was well written and easy to read. Definitely worth your time, especially if you enjoy stories of triumph over adversity!

    I was given this book by christianreviewofbooks.com to review
  5. RaRa
    Age: 45-54
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 27, 2010
    RaRa
    Age: 45-54
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is full of hope faith and passion. May we all inspire to be so brave. Scott Smiley is a true American hero and the love and commitment that he and Tiffany share can truly be admired.
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