A hope in the unseen summary
Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Armys First Blind Active-Duty Officer by Scotty SmileyHope Unseen challenges readers to question their doubts, not their beliefs, and depend upon God no matter what—the inspiring true story of “blind” faith.
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.
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Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. This is a tale of fierce power-and one which stayed with me long after finishing the book. Essential reading that provides some small hope for our social ills. Ballou High School has a history of poor academic performance, poverty, and at-risk teens. When Cedric was a student there, just 80 of more than 1, students maintained a B average or better.
The book is a biographical novel about the life of Cedric Jennings through his last years in high school and first years in college. The book portrays the problems of inner-city education systems and how the students from these systems are affected throughout their lives. In , the book was selected as part of the "One Maryland, One Book" program. The sub-par standards at Ballou place him at a distinct disadvantage academically, while frequent taunts and physical threats from other students have alienated him socially. Cedric lives with his mother, Barbara Jennings, who works for the Department of Agriculture; his father Cedric Gilliam is a drug dealer currently in jail. He believes this is the start of a new life for him, but when summer arrives he finds the classes much more difficult than his fellow MITES students who attended better schools and were better versed in math and science.
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An incoming freshman at Brown University would note nothing unusual about junior Cedric Jennings. In fact, he would see a confident young man who obviously looks like he "belongs" there. This "belonging" is Cedric's personal "miracle. Born into poverty in Southeastern Washington, D. His father, a career convict, is both physically and emotionally absent from the young boy's life. Vowing that her son will be the first child to break the family cycle, Barbara Jennings combines strict discipline and strong religious training to raise a son who becomes a serious, isolated scholar, steeped in the teachings of Bishop Long at the Scripture Cathedral. Together, mother and son forge a symbiotic relationship; she, sacrificing for him and he, in turn, becoming a testament to her hard work and faith.