A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart

The hit that knocked you down doesn’t have to keep you there.

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Hope–we all want hope! What’s it about?

Destination Hope is a beacon of light to those who stumble along the tearful trail of uncertainty and unexpected change. Authors Nutter and White, from two different states and representing two generations have been knocked off course by challenging life changes. Together they offer readers encouragement in unwelcomed life interruptions. The authors weave their personal stories along with narratives of other women knocked off course by events such as a prodigal, incarceration, death of a child, illness, widowhood, bankruptcy, and divorce.

Destination Hope is arranged into six chapters called Milepost Markers. These markers address  losses such as disappointments, or obstacles. Each entry concludes with a “Rest Area” for personal reflection, response to action, and/or opportunity to journal. A “Postcard” with a quote related to the topic sends readers off with encouragement, as they travel toward their destination of hope. An Appendix includes resources unique to various losses to guide readers in their travel plans.

Destination Hope offers camaraderie, reality, and insight for women who think, “I didn’t see this coming.” Weary travelers who feel alone and hopeless, will be encouraged to know they are not alone. Destination Hope invites readers to link arms with the authors in practical and personal ways along their interrupted journey. They will discover they can thrive not merely survive. Despite discouragement, readers will discover hope can be their destination.

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I reflect though I no longer use the pronoun “we,” I am not alone. God’s presence never leaves me; He accompanies me.


This life change will not destroy me. I can have hope. I will live in hope. I am hopeful.


What others are saying

But what if the pain persists? What if the money is not provided? What if the loss is irrevocable? For many, the journey of life includes devastating detours and rigid roadblocks. The question becomes, how does a believer keep going in her new normal? Authors Marilyn Nutter and April White are no strangers to rocky paths, but they remind us to keep putting one foot in front of the other in their new book Destination Hope – A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart. What a valuable guide for all those uncertain times of recalculating. The poet Christina Rossetti once said, “Does the road wind uphill all the way? Yes, to the very end.” Through such sobering reality, Nutter and White sit with us in our pain and offer biblical teaching and many stories of people just like you and me who have embraced the hope of God’s presence, power, and provision. I heartily recommend this very practical and inspiring book for anyone who feels your life is falling apart; which is, of course, many of us on this perilous and glorious journey.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Author “Soul Strong” and “Life-Giving Choices”

A great read for the road trip of life. Marilyn and April are your wise—and wounded—travel guides for the unexpected detours in life including widowhood, chronic illness, challenged children, stolen identity, empty nest, prodigal children and more. They offer hope and healing from scripture and the victorious testimonies from numerous women along the winding way.

James N. Watkins

Award-winning author and speaker

Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart is a “must-read” invaluable guide, offering hope and sound wisdom for our unpredictable, individual life journeys. Written by two of the wisest tried, tested, and true women of God—April White and Marilyn Nutter. you will see how each author poured out beautiful transparency. Like two best friends who’ve trailed the hard ground before us, April and Marilyn, seem to gently take us by the hand leading us towards God’s heart for healing.

LaTan Roland Murphy

Award-winning author of Courageous Women of the Bible

Has your life taken a turn you were not expecting? Then this book, Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart is just what you need! Marilyn Nutter and April White take you on a journey to find hope when your life is rocked by an unexpected event: loss of a spouse, illness, wayward children, loss of a child, and other disappointments. I love how these two authors share from their own life experiences, how they found hope in the midst of difficult, life-changing circumstances. This book gave me fresh perspective on finding hope in the disappointments in my own life. A must-read!

Crickett Keeth

author of On Bended Knee: Praying like Prophets, Warriors, and Kings

Everyone makes plans for the future, but what do you do when everything explodes? You reach for Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart. Written by Marilyn Nutter, who suddenly lost her husband, and April White, who recently had a rare genetic illness invade her life, readers cross seven mile markers, intertwining their stories and others who survived with God’s help, getting to the other side of a broken heart.

Sharon Baldacci

author of A Sundog Moment

Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart is a gentle, thoughtful guide through the rocky terrain of life. No matter what hardships we face, discover transformational, personal stories that will resonate deeply, inspiring you to hold hope because spring is coming and new life will again take root in your heart.

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy®


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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13 NIV

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