Hope Upon Impact: A Miraculous, True Story of Faith, Love, and God's Goodness

Hope Upon Impact: A Miraculous, True Story of Faith, Love, and God's Goodness

by Julie Overlease


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On the lovely spring afternoon of April 20, 2018, a backyard tree cracked, and a heavy limb fell. 12-year-old Evelyn suffered a devastating blow to her head as she shielded her puppy. A significant, compressed skull fracture required emergency neurosurgery. This freak, life-threatening event shook the Overlease family to the core, and an unbelievable experience was instantly set in motion that may take a lifetime to fully understand.
The astounding details surrounding Evelyn’s accident, medical care, and recovery are crazier than fiction. First-time author Julie Overlease tells the story in close detail, with frankness and honesty. This is a book of hope and miracles, in which Evelyn’s mother tells a story of faith in action during a time of crisis, of prayer through pain and darkness, of devoted friendship, and the great goodness and love of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640604100
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 04/19/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 163,997
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

This is Julie Overlease's first book, and it comes directly from the heart: a deeply personal account of something no one ever wishes to experience. Prior to becoming a wife and mother of four, she taught middle school science and Integrated Physics and Chemistry in Houston Independent School District while coordinating a National Science Foundation Program for Rice University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Tulsa and a Masters in Educational Administration from University of St. Thomas. She has been active in various volunteer roles in the community and at Curé of Ars Catholic Church and School for the last decade.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Begin at the Beginning 9

Chapter 2 Evelyn's Accident 13

Chapter 3 "Drive Faster!" 22

Chapter 4 In the Trenches 27

Chapter 5 A Father's Perspective-Facing the Unfixable 35

Chapter 6 Emerging Post-Op into the Dark Night of the Unknown 45

Chapter 7 Here We Go 50

Chapter 8 A Healing Conversation 58

Chapter 9 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)-Our New Lingo 66

Chapter 10 The Depths of Our Unconditional Love 69

Chapter 11 "Trauma Massachusetts"-A Big Name for a Little Lady 74

Chapter 12 The Only Way Out Is Through … 81

Chapter 13 Everyone Needs a Gorilla 86

Chapter 14 Community Makes All the Difference 92

Chapter 15 Friends with the Power to Change Us 105

Chapter 16 God Is Extravagant in the Details 113

Chapter 17 Overlease Life 129

Chapter 18 What a Difference a Week Makes 139

Chapter 19 Revisiting the Yard-My Epiphany 147

Chapter 20 Abundant Hope 154

Chapter 21 Letting Go 158

Chapter 22 The Fighter 161

Chapter 23 The Blue Bird of Hope 163

Chapter 24 Half Full 166

Chapter 25 The Beauty of Her Left Side 171

Chapter 26 I Promise to Stand by You 174

Chapter 27 Mountains to Climb 177


CMH Head CT Results 186

Questions from Mom with Reflections by Evelyn 187

Epilogue A Year Later 193

Photos of Evelyn's Story 204

Unexpected, Extended Hospital-Stay Survival Items 216

Acknowledgments 217

Works Cited with Permissions 222

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