The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer

By Cap. Scotty Smiley

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dotty dye
What an incredible story. An absolute must read. Do yourself a favor and read this now. Would love to meet Scotty some day.
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paddlegal
Truly an inspirational book and story. Well written and heart warming story. The best gift you could give someone.
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mark monday
This book is great! It is written in a way that I couldn't put it down. Each chapter made me want to read on and see what happened next in Scotty's life. Although the story is sad, it gave me incredible hope. I will read this book whenever I feel like life is challenging me. Scotty is amazing and Doug Crandall is an exceptionally talented writer.
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isabel
This was a good book of faith in God and spiritual and physical healing. Each of us has to come to terms with living God's will or his/her own. Scotty tells that story very well.
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adele pennington
I have two off the books to former military men, but I have not read it myself. I assume they was well received.
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angela norris
Very disappointed!! Not satisfied at all! When the book came it was missing the first 4 pages and did not appear new.
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leslie bird bassett
While I can't help but feel for Smiley, I would have titled the book "What 3-Stars can do for you".. At virtually every turn of the story, either the Lt General or his son was there to get Smiley on to the next step. I thought the ghost writer wasn't very good, That, , coupled with the Lt Gen's support pretty much at all times, turned me off on the book. But Smiley -- some fantastic guy.
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sarah connors
I don't remember this book at all. It's been too long for me to remember. I have apparently read it because it is no longer in my house, but I have no recollection of it, so can't honestly rate it. Sorry
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rhaiim
I wish that my schedule had allowed me to be in Pasco, Washington tomorrow for the formal launch of "Hope Unseen - The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer."

I first learned about Scotty Smiley and his remarkable story when our mutual friend, Dr. Scott Snook of Harvard Business School, shared Scotty's story as part of Dr. Snook's presentation at the initial White Rhino Intersection event. I was so moved by the story, that I invited Scotty, his wife Tiffany, and his co-author, Doug Crandall, to speak at the follow-up event, Intersection 2.0. Their collective sharing of leadership lessons learned through their struggles were deeply inspiring to the attendees

I have read "Hope Unseen" and am already passing along copies to family members and friends. With the help of Doug Crandall, Captain Scotty Smiley pulls no punches in describing the highs and lows of the road that he and Tiffany have traveled since an IED explosion in Iraq robbed him of his eyes and his dreams of a future as a warrior. His strong faith was shaken to its core as he came to grips with the physical insult that had been dealt him, and the uncertain prospects for his future abilities to care for himself and his family.

One of the most poignant moments for me in reading this book came when I read the caption to the last photo in the book of Scotty and Tiffany and their two children. "People tell me that my children are beautiful. Unfortunately, I just can't picture them - but I am thankful for all the life God has blessed me with." For me, that statement sums up the value of this book and its lessons. It is a compelling compilation of stories of success, followed by disaster, failure, frustration, setbacks, revised plans, faith shaken and rebuilt, family and friends standing in the gap, and resurgence of hope over despair.

The Smiley story includes vignettes from Scotty's time at West Point as a cadet, Ranger training, deployment to Iraq, multiple hospitalizations and rehab, blindly climbing Mount Rainier, surfing in Hawaii, standing before a company of soldiers as their sightless commanding officer, teaching cadets at the United States Military Academy, and inspiring the U.S. Olympic Basketball team before the Beijing Olympics.

Scotty Smiley has been named the Army's Soldier of the Year. His story continues to inspire - soldier and civilian, sighted and blind. My friend, Major General (Retired) Gale Pollock, is former acting Surgeon General of the Army. I have heard her recount an interaction she had with a solider at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. the soldier, in despair over his blindness, was not responding to treatment or attempts at rehabilitation. In an attempt to light a fire under this soldier, General Pollock used tough love. At the end of her harangue, she told the young soldier; "I am going to have Scotty Smiley stop by and see you and let you know what things are possible for you."

Scotty and Tiffany and their cadre of family and friends show all of us what is possible in the wake of tragedy and disappointment. Scotty's faith sustains him, but it is not a blind faith. It is a faith that as been tested in the crucible of suffering and doubt and discouragement, and has emerged refined and strengthened.

I am thankful that my blind friend, Scotty Smiley, has teamed up with my friend, Doug Crandall to tell a story that helps us to all see life more clearly and in sharper focus.

The book is now available for purchase. It will be one of the best investments you can make for yourself and for those on whom you choose to bestow this book as a precious gift.

Al
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mary crouch
This is the true story of how God showed his love to Scotty Smiley and led him step-by-step along a very difficult journey, giving him many blessings in spite of losing his sight during a war mission in Iraq. Scotty is the first blind soldier to actively still serve in the army as a speaker and leadership teacher at West Point (thanks to his wife following her instincts and God). This book is very enlightening regarding the struggles blind people have. I really liked the emotional part of the book where Scotty shares his anger toward God and how he was able to recapture his faith and trust in God in spite of what God had allowed to happen to him. It is amazing that after he was blind he still was able to be adventurous: he surfed, climbed Mt. Rainier, skydived and accepted speaking engagements which all began with a choice he made to get out of his hospital bed and take a shower.

This book is so inspirational and encouraging. It started a bit slow for me but I’m am glad I chose to read it and finished it. At the end he shares some key points about transformational leadership on page 232 that I found interesting: 1) use unconventional strategies, 2) care about individuals, 3) demonstrate self-sacrifice, 4) communicate confidence.
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laura belle
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 Simon and Schuster 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!
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idalia
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.
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tamra king
It is hard to capture my entire thoughts on this book. I would be saddened one moment and then hopeful and then would bust out laughing. It's been a while since a book took me on such a roller coaster ride!

Captain Scotty Smiley is an inspiration to all. I had just read something in my Bible study a few days ago about how our health may not be the blessing God gives us. Maybe the blessing is having a righteous character through our bad health. I read that right before I got this book and I think that sums up Smiley quite well. He struggled with God, as most would do when going through a trial, but he realized God didn't leave him. He still kept his righteous character and knows that God has a purpose and a reason for him to be blind.

I found the stories he told quite fascinating, but I teared up when he talked about not seeing his children. I had never really thought about how being blind would mean that you couldn't see them. I'm not for sure why that never crossed my mind, but it didn't. I was sad for him in that regard but I absolutely loved how he said that he would "see" them in heaven one day and that the Lord's face would be the first one he saw. That was so beautiful and such a testament to his strong faith.

I really enjoyed the humorous stories that were placed throughout this book, as well. He has a way of making situations not seem so bad because of his humor. I loved the visual I got from the story he told about his wife and him watching television and her trying to describe it to him. I also liked the one where she had to try to name the famous sports people in the room with them. Being a woman, I know that is a task that isn't easy to do for most girls.

This book needs to be read by all. It's an encouragement for those who can't seem to find their way out of despair and want to give up. It's an eye-opener for those who haven't fought in the war on terror and are for the most part, oblivious to what they are seeing over there. It's a reminder for believers to pray for their safety and for their families daily.

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I received this book from Howard Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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chantelle hope
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?
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pattcla
This book, which tells the story of a West Point graduate who was blinded in Iraq yet returned to active duty and to an active life (surfing, mountain climbing, skiing), is inspirational on its own. It works as an affirmation of "ad astra per aspera" (achieving in the face of adversity) but it has the potential to be so much more.

For those who believe in benevolent and omnipotent God, it is an especially moving reminder of God's transcendent love and of the passage from Proverbs that exhorts us to "trust in the Lord with all thine heart and learn not to thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." More than any other book I have read recently, certainly more than any war memoir I've ever read, Scotty Smiley's story is living proof of God's intervention in our lives, not only in the author's life but that of his friends and, especially, of his wife. If only we all could have Captain Smiley's faith and fortitude! I can't thank Scotty Smiley enough for sharing his story....

Read this book to be inspired, to deepen your faith, or to help you find your way back to faith. It is moving so on many different levels.
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alice andersen
I went to high school with Scott and graduated with his older brother so I know the family and I remembered them as a good family. When I heard the news and all of the things that he accomplished afterward, I made a comment in a news forum that I'd buy a book if he wrote one. I'm glad he did! I was first in line to get it signed in the Tri-Cities when he made an appearance.

The book was well written! It flowed well and kept me on the edge of my seat. I normally read books with a little romance and oddly enough, this book still fulfilled that. The way Scott talks about Tiffany made me smile, a reader can really tell how much he loves his wife and family. You'll find yourself rooting for him and possibly shedding tears when he is at his lowest point. This is a fabulous book of a person who is like a Phoenix, he rose up out of the ashes and did something valuable with his life. He gives others hope and inspires people to be better. It's not just about Scott, his wife has fallen and risen with him. It's a story about two people who didn't give up on their lives.

I was impressed with the quotes that started out each chapter, they set the tone for the next portion of his story. I was constantly impressed by his references to God. This is a book about faith and healing, God was never left out of his successes and in his darkest moments when he questioned His very existence, he finds a way back.

I would recommend this book to anyone, it deserves 5 stars. I hope it makes its way to the NY Times best sellers list, Scott and his family deserves every ounce of success.
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elise andherbooks
It's hard not to be inspired by the life of Scotty Smiley. After a devastating IED attack in Iraq, Scotty was left wondering what he would do with the rest of his life. His time leading Soldiers in the Army, that he had trained for years to do, seemed cut incredibly short after the explosion took his eyesight.

Through encouragement from his family and many friends, through help from a few high ranking officers, and through some dogged determination, Scotty became the first blind active-duty Army officer. Sounds like a happy story, right? It is, but it's also an exceptionally honest telling of his experience. He recounts with deep emotion the extreme lows that he faced - times when he wondered if there was any point to living. He also recounts the words that others shared with him which at the time sounded like hollow encouragement but later had profound effect on his recovery.

Scotty's story is one of faith, family, and friends. It is one of desperation and determination. It is an incredible story that is worth the time to read.
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sarah godfrey
The evening news has its share of depressing stories and the military community is not immune to its own tragedies and bleak statistics. Scotty Smiley's story is indeed tragic, but it doesn't end there.

In Hope Unseen we read how devastating it was for Scotty to return from Iraq blind. Weighted with the implications of a life-changing injury, he struggles and he rises up, carried up in the hope and assurance of a loving God who offers a promise that Scotty clings to, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

Scotty Smiley is not only an inspiration; he is my definition of a true military hero. His story offers hope to anyone who has been dealt a blow by the harsh realities of this life. His story is an inspiration to those who have not yet traveled this path.

I recommend this book for those seeking encouragement and for those who'd like an inside look at the struggles facing our military's wounded warrior families.

Benita Koeman
Military spouse and founder of Operation We Are Here

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

I received this book from Howard Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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joshua slone
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.
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aaron reisberg
I was honored to be present at Scotty's presentation during the recent 2012 Savannah, Georgia, Book Festival to promote his book "Hope Unseen". I attended the festival this year to specifically meet this incredible individual - he had been on the local evening news the day prior and his story intrigued me. I was not disappointed after seeing him and learning of how his life changed in seconds but how he has responded to this 'minor setback' as he aptly pointed out. Afterwards, I met he and Tiffany personally during the autograph signing and remarked to him - you may be physically blind but you have far more insight than most of the people who were at this program. I just finished reading his book and was truly amazed at what an awesome, yet humble man he is and what a wonderful husband and family man he is - his wife Tiffany is an exceptional woman and they are such a blessed couple to have each other.
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nazanin
...shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred percent and then some...taken from the Ranger Creed. These words caught my attention in Capt. Scotty Smiley’s book, Hope Unseen. When living in Georgia you have a general knowledge of the area used by the Rangers along the Appalachian Trail. I’ve seen the overhanging routes for mountain climbs bolted by the Rangers on Mount Yonah. Traditional climbing calls for you to place your protection in the rock as you climb up. With non-traditional climbing you use the bolted routes of the Rangers. Capt. Smiley takes you on a non-traditional climb beyond featured slab climbing with cracks, bulges, pitches and overhangs. His route climb is the Ranger Creed. He is still climbing.
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carrie d attilio
I don't get through most books quickly, but this one kept me turning pages fast. He writes with an authentic, personal voice. He doesn't have all the answers, but he's got enough of them to be worth listening to, and he has a personal grit that is a great encouragement. Go, Scotty (and Tiffany)!
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rani
Sometimes you happen upon a story that simply blows your mind, and the story of Scotty Smiley is one of those! What an exceptional man, truly one of our nation's heroes. Scotty's story will inspire you and challenge your own thinking about any difficulty you are currently facing. The fact that he took his personal trajedy and chose to LIVE and live FULLY is one that everyone needs to hear. The book is candid, funny, emotional and gripping. I feel ashamed to have been so nonchalant about my reaction to news stories coming from the Middle East about our service people serving over there. What a selfless act he and so many others have done on our behalf. Thank you Scotty for sharing your story! You have impacted this life forever!
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merwyn haskett
I have read many good books on leadership and I feel that this one stands among the best I have encountered. The unabashed clarity and striking depth of the book's personal anecdotes offer special insight into the struggles, and subsequent victories, of an individual man as husband, father, and soldier tried in the fire of adversity.

My favorite part of the book, the one which influenced me the most, is the section in which Captain Scotty Smiley details his experience of going blind and his initial emotional struggle to overcome such a difficult mountain in his life (also meant literally...one great story of many in the book). I believe that we all go through difficult struggles in our lives and sometimes they are of such magnitude we feel that we will sink beneath the weight upon our shoulders. Scotty Smiley and co-author Doug Crandall have written an inspiring account of how one cannot only overcome such feelings but also see the hope of excellence and experience newfound strength and uncommon peace. This book is truly a great story and I can say I have been personally touched. To all those who read this book, I am sure the same will be true for you.
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spencer sloe
We first met Scotty & Tiffany back at Fort Lewis, WA and I was heart-broken when it was him that was injured so badly in Mosul, Iraq while we were deployed together. I had been following the "I Can" Facebook page for some time and couldn't wait for the book to be released. I ordered it while deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-11 and for some reason, it took me until now to finally read it all. I don't know why I waited this long! Like other reviews have said, I've laughed and cried with every chapter and can usually can only read so much before having to put it down to give my emotions a rest. Thank you, Smiley family, for continuing to serve the Lord our God in all you do and for being such an example for ALL of us! God bless you and we'll look forward to the next edition in a few years.
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burton
I will say that I don't read books very much at all. I might read 1 every 2 years or so, and this one looked like it would be a good read. Being retired military Scotty's story is amazing and inspriational to everyone, not just servicemen and women. I picked the book up before a recent trip to Boston, and I finished it on the plane ride home. My wife was very shocked that I had finished the book at all, no less in 2 days. I will echo some of the comments about wanting to read the next chapter, and not wanting to put the book down.

His strong faith, family, friends and others around him never faltered. They never told him to settle for mediocre, or just give up all together. That one verse that gets echoed throughout the book keeps him going when he feels lost ("I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13)

I will definitely recommend this book to everyone I know.

Darren (Tambra's Husband)
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mary wu
This moving account will truly inspire you and sums up the spirit and determination of those who serve our country. I had the privilege to meet Mr. Smiley and hear his amazing story in person this week in Asheville NC. I came away with a renewed outlook on life and what is possible if you put your mind and heart into it. A very easy read and a true story of an American hero.
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colleen myers
Major Smiley (he's been promoted since this book) is a major inspiration. He currently is a cadre member at Gonzaga's ROTC program and has been an incredible source of inspiration for myself as well as the whole student body of GU. He's so friendly and approachable and even will talk jokingly about his disability with people. He has personally inspired me with his spirit and ability to overcome such a horrific event and and continue to maintain a more positive outlook on life than most people. I am honored to have met him.
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gem2wrtr
I love this book.It is inspring and authetic. Too many times I wanted to highlight the sentences or paragraghs here and there so I can remember them when I need encouragement. I wish Scotty and his family the best.
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alex malysh
Hope unseen is a very fast read (IMO)because you won't want to put it down. It touches on every emotion and will humble even the the strongest of egos. No one can complain about the cards they were dealt after reading this story and the best part is, that after reading this you can see new life differently and choose to rejoice and enjoy life. This book is dedicated to Jesus Christ, but for those who might shy away from a book like this, you are doing yourself an injustice. I took this book with me to my daughter's graduation from basic training and had a lot of soldiers interested in Scotty's story. He's a hero like no other. Pick it up, you'll be so glad you did!!!! KTF!
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anand gopal
I served with Scott Smiley on that fateful day in Iraq when he was still a "louie" and had no doubt that this book would be nothing short of spectacular! Scott was one of the best officers I have had the priveledge of serving with and all of his soldiers can attest to that! Everyone always had great things to say about him and would have followed him into hell...as many did,it killed us when this happened.Great to see that he continues to be an inspiration to us all.
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shamira nawz
I ordered Hope Unseen after seeing Scotty and Tiffany Smiley on a TV news show. I cried as I heard their story. After a recent severe shoulder injury that has impacted my ability to work this book was an incredible inspiration to me. This book gives the real story of how difficult trials can be. It demonstrates that trials teach us a lot about ourselves, they bring out the good and the bad in us. I am impressed at the fight that Scotty and Tiffany have in them. Their faith in GOD and each other is evident in this book. Trials do not always end the way we want, but in the midst of life altering events, Scotty and Tiffany still glorify God. Hope Unseen is a must read.
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benaceur4
I just finished this a couple of days ago, and I am so thankful that people like him exist. His story made me determined to be thankful for my petty problems, after reading about all he has overcome. His story is well written, and very touching. One small caveat-while this a wonderful story about a brave person, those who are not religious may be slightly put off by his constantly mentioning his faith. Obviously it helped him recover emotionally and spiritually, those who are not religious may want to be cautious about picking it up.
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daniel e leinker
A must read! A book that once you start reading, you won't put it down. Scotty put into action the words of Phil 4:13--"I can do all things thru Christ..". With God's help, he NEVER let the blindness (resulting from his tour of duty) limit him from what he COULD do with his future. He CHOOSE instead of retiring with a medical disability, to be all that he could be. He omitted the word "can't" from his vocabulary and his life. Scotty and Tiffany have lived out the 'for better or worse' of their wedding vows. They showed their true sincere commitment to God and to each other through their personal story. A book that you will never forget that you read.
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reagan lynch
This book was a great read. I had the opportunity recently to spend significant time with Scotty and his wife. They are the real deal. It was very obvious to me that Scotty's faith is absolutely genuine and that he and his wife share a deep and unselfish love for each other. His story is a testament to the worth of persevering through overwhelming circumstances. I am grateful for the motivation and encouragement his candor and vulnerability provide. He is a man of immense character and a true leader. His words are powerful and effective and will help anyone who is in need of a strength that will endure.
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sayantani
Much respect for this Fellow Soldier/Veteran and Christian Brother. Highly recommend the book!
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jan morrison
I love a good book, but rarely have I come across a story that I want to hear again and again. As I finished the last page, I couldn't wait to start reading it all over again. It is that good. Scotty and Tiffany's story is a story of triumph over tragedy and it will inspire you to look past your own problems and get up off that couch and start living. I loved it!
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will hinds
Excellent story of a very brave man and his family. Must read.
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greg herrick
This is by far the best book! This book really makes one think about what Scotty went through and that maybe your life just is not that bad. Scotty doesn't let being blind stop him from doing anything, it's a great motivation book. After reading this book I can't even complain or say I'm having a bad day compared to what he has gone through. I recommend anyone to ready Scotty's story!!
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ely may
After hearing CPT Smiley speak, I thought I had an idea of what he had been through. However, this book clearly outlines the events, struggles, and triumphs that Scotty experienced while intermixing vignettes of his time at West Point and other events in his life. He clearly expresses his love for the Lord and the Army, and I hope his story is shared around the world to inspire hope in others who have lost it.
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ms simek
I have never taken the time to review a book before, but this is well worth the effort. What an uplifting, inspiring story of God's faithfulness and the determination of a man to trust in Him no matter what the circumstances. With that combination, the sky is the limit. I cried through most of this book, but was humbled and inspired by every bit of it. If you can only read one book all year, this should be it.
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neva brenneman
I highly recommend this book. It was the best book I've read in a while. The story is inspirational on many levels.
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cayt o neal
I haven't had time to read much lately due to a family emergency but so far I find this book very interesting. It is amazing all the things he did after such a tragidy in his life. I can't wait to finish it and pass it on to others I know will enjoy it as much as me.
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meira
What a remarkable story of faith, devotion, perseverance and example. Scotty would not have made it not for his remarkable faith. But what is truly incredible is the devotion of his wife and the total reliance on her. She is truly a saint and I am constantly reminded of their love and dedication to one another. I loved this book and gave it to my 14 year old son.
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aris azhari
What an amazing story of sacrifice, hope, courage, strength, love and faith! Thank you for have the courage to share your inspirational story!
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matt kovalcik
Plan to read this book from cover to cover when you open it. You will not be able to put it down. May God continue to bless Scotty Smiley and his family.
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vexus vi
CPT Smiley's book is truly an awesome book, and encouraging to me as a young Infantry Platoon Leader. His example and love for Christ is such a light in a dark world.
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sundry
This is a great book. Well written and captivating. Reading this book lifted my spritis when I needed it most.
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mattias brand
How can Garden Ridge sell the hardback edition of this book for $2.99 and Kindle wants $10. Guess I have to pay closer attention to where I buy my books
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