Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart

by April White, Marilyn Nutter

Genres: Christian Living, Women's Interest

ISBN: 9781649601094

192 pages

Price: $16.99

Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart offers camaraderie and a beacon of hope for women who feel alone in loss, struggle, or change of circumstance. This book is not a self-help book filed with platitudes from people who think they have life figured out. Instead, Marilyn Nutter and April White link arms with the audience and encourage their readers through stories of their own hardships in widowhood and chronic illness. Readers are encouraged to see loss and hardship as part of life’s journey and are constantly reminded to turn their gaze upwards, to the Purveyor of Hope. Within the pages of Destination Hope comes a sisterhood, a bond, that can be formed only through the mutual understanding of loss and the need to find hope among hardships.

Destination Hope is arranged into six chapters called Milepost Markers, which address various losses, disappointments, or obstacles. Each entry concludes with a Rest Area for reflection and journaling. A Postcard with a quotation related to the topic sends readers off with an encouraging word, as they travel on towards their Destination Hope.


Everyone makes plans for the future, but what do you do when everything explodes? You reach for Destination Hope. 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 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®

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

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, 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 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 and lead us toward God’s heart for healing.
LaTan Roland Murphy  | award-winning author of Courageous Women of the Bible

I heartily recommend this 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 of Soul Strong and Life-Giving Choices


Marilyn Nutter loves finding treasures in unexpected places: gratitude in mulch, conversations with grandchildren, and secrets in an old trunk. Most of all she has found the treasure of hope in loss. Unexpectedly widowed after forty-two years of marriage, Lamentations 3:22-23 has been a brilliant treasure in her new season. After a career as a speech-language pathologist, Marilyn pursued writing and is the author of three devotional books and a contributor to print, on-line publications, and compilations.

April White is an off-road 4x4 Jeep shotgun wife, cheerleader to two teenagers, and a pharmacist. Until five years ago, the only thing missing from April’s idyllic life was a white picket fence and a deer-proof garden. However, in 2015, a rare illness, Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, threatened to derail April’s sense of worth, security, and identity. As a chronic illness warrior, April draws strength daily with Jesus, coffee, and afternoon naps. While a rare illness hijacked her body, she refuses it to steal her hope. God is using April’s chronic battle as a platform to write and speak of God’s chronic presence.