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9/25/15 at 03:40 PM 0 Comments

Popular radio host reveals lifetime of pain in new book

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Popular radio show host Shellie Nichol has released her first book entitled Destination: Hope –A Guide Through Life’s Unexpected Journeys (Clovercroft Publishing/STL Distribution). Nichol opens up about the most difficult moments of her life including being physically and mentally abused as a child, molested, bullied, going through two divorces, fighting cervical cancer, losing a child, suffering from an eating disorder, experiencing debilitating panic and anxiety, ADD, OCD, and a doctor pronouncing a death sentence for her first-born child. But though the trials have at times felt “Job-like,” Nichol admits she has also found the secret to surviving -- hope.

“The one thing I can tell people who go through terrible circumstances is never allow despair inside your soul, no matter how hard it is to resist,” says Nichol.” “Look at your situation as a chance to grow. View it as an incredible movie -- thrilling, dramatic, and a real nail-biter --that in the end will be inspirational because you and God did it together and you will be an amazing overcomer.”

At the age of 15, Nichol’s son, Kody, was diagnosed with Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, a virus that grows wart-like tumors, one on top of the other, closing the airway in the throat. Nichol’s son had the worst case scenario as it had spread to his lungs, which only happens in less than 2% of cases. During his first surgery, he died on the operating table, but was revived.

“I refused to give up hope,” says Nichol. “Kody was given less than a few years to live. He was told he could NEVER have children after having to endure chemo treatments. We just celebrated his birthday that was never to come, and he is now the father to a little girl named Josie Mae. He continues to have surgeries and issues, but his presence reminds me every day of the incredible grace of God.”

Nichol hosted the radio show “Amazing Hope” on Salem Network’s KFAX in San Francisco for over a year before launching her own channel on Amazing Hope Radio is one of the fastest-growing Christian radio stations on Live365, currently ranking #4 in the Christian genre and #203 in all genres (out of 6,000 stations). Nichol’s audience went from 25 listeners to 65,000 within the first year, and is now 130,000 listeners per week worldwide. Amazing Hope Radio is a mix of inspirational music throughout the day along with inspirational stories. Nick Vujicic, best-selling author of multiple books, including Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, airs a daily message of hope on Amazing Hope Radio.

Nichol wants Destination: Hope to help others realize what she has come to understand after enduring a lifetime of trials.

“Through it all, I have learned that I am loveable, that I am worthy,” says Nichol. “I have learned to love and what love truly is. I learned that I am incredibly strong as long as I allow God to be the source of my strength. I have learned that no matter what comes my way, God’s got me and He has got whatever circumstance I am facing. I want people who read this book to find that same comfort in their own lives.”

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