Meet Amanda

If I only had one word to describe myself, it would be hope. The Holy Spirit must have whispered that to my parents before I was born, because that's what they named me: Amanda Hope Womack. I've teased them that it was a blessing and a curse while I grew up, but as I've learned more about what hope actually means, I confidently say it is a blessing.

Hope doesn't just mean "wish" as most of us use it these days. To hope is to confidently expect that something will happen. I've spent most of my life wishing for very specific things: a proposal from David, admission to Harvard, safe travel to wherever-we're-flying, a baby. A second book contract! I thought I was "hoping" for them, but after spending seven years begging God for a child, I learned that God gives us only one hope: reconciliation with Him through the work of Jesus. Jesus is my one hope.

During the years it took me to better understand the blessing that "Hope is my middle name," I changed a lot of things in my life. Trying to make my body whole, I learned the virtues of clean eating and clean products. Trying to survive miscarriages, I realized the value of all my relationships--family and friends. And trying to save money for fertility treatments, David and I became debt-free. God blessed me with wholeness in so many areas, even though He never gave me a child of my own.

Amanda Hope Haley has a bachelor of arts in Religious Studies from Rhodes College and a master of theological studies in Hebrew Scripture and Interpretation from Harvard University. Amanda maintains a blog where she encourages women to live whole lives in community with God, family, and each other. She is currently writing an as-yet untitled book for Harvest House Publishers about the importance of historical, literary, and textual context when interpreting Scripture. Her first book, Barren among the Fruitful: Navigating Infertility with Hope, Wisdom, and Patience was released by HarperCollins Christian Publishers in 2014. She contributed to The Voice Bible translation as a translator, writer, and editor; and she has been a content editor and ghost writer for popular Christian authors. Amanda and David live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with their always-entertaining basset hound, Copper.