Halo Found Hope Review

Halo Found Hope by Helo Matzelle is a 228 page memoir. It is published by Dog Ear Publishing and was released on October 10, 2014. To purchase your copy, click here.


“Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope?

A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.

Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?

Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles.

Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.”

“Christian readers will find in these pages a powerful testament to the power of faith in dark times, and even agnostics will be uplifted by the joie de vivre of this remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Reviews

My Two Cents

Halo Found Hope is a beautiful story of how a woman put her trust in God during an extremely difficult time in her life. Helo shares a powerful message about faith, love, and the bond of family. While parts of this story did at times bring tears to my eyes, I am so glad I read this book. I am reminded of how blessed I truly am, and just how wonderful God is. As I was reading this book, I came across this quote and thought I’d share it: “Fear contorts and destroys the pursuit of hope, but God is not intimidated by the enemy” (Halo Found Hope page 21). I hope this story is just as powerful and inspiring for you as it was for me!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  This story is such an encouragement to me and will be an encouragement to others!

Thank you to Helo Matzelle and Celebrate Lit ( for a free copy of Halo Found Hope in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.


CelebrateLit is having a great giveaway. The prizes are:

  • A hardback copy of Halo Found Hope
  • A beautifully framed poem written by Helo
  • A $25 Starbucks gift card

The giveaway ends November 3 at 11:59 am PDT.