Finding Hope on Vegas Events

Although summer has ended and school has started, I have still found some time to promote Finding Hope on Vegas.

Next week I shall be visiting the Golden Agers at Sage Township Hall in Gladwin Michigan.   They have invited me to share the story with them. So if you have not had a chance to get your copy, I will have plenty available!

In November I will be heading North.  Horizon Books in Traverse City will be hosting a book signing for Finding Hope on Vegas during the busy Christmas shopping season.  Since books are always a great gift for Christmas, plan on stopping by Horizon Books for some great Christmas ideas and a copy of Finding Hope on Vegas.  See you there!
Sage Township Hall
Oct. 10, 2017
Presentation: From Journal to Book
12:00-2:00pm Book Signing
Sage Township Hall


horizon books
Nov. 26, 2017
Horizon Books
2-4pm Book Signing
243 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684

Love Conquers All

Faced with the impossible, Cassandra Poppe allowed God’s Glory to reign…

 

A terrible tragedy brings forth Hope.  Little four-year-old Fulton Poppe was excited to help his dad as he bundled up for the chilly Oklahoma morning on January 2013. What started as a typical day, in a blink of an eye, ended in a nightmare.

There was an explosion! Cassandra ran to see what had happened. Immediately panic ensued… her precious Fulton was engulfed in flames.

Over the next three months the Poppe family lives were a living hell as Fulton’s tiny body battled to stay alive. It was only through their faith and reliance on Divine Providence that they could shoulder such a heavy cross while helping Fulton recover.  Unsuspectingly, God had been preparing this humble family for such a cross for many years.

Cassandra reveals this preparation of hope and love as she chronicles the tragedy in her book, Fire of Love.  Upon reading the account, I gained more insight in how God constantly offers Himself to us throughout our lives and how God’s glory can overcome all obstacles.  The Poppe family accepted that offering.  From that acceptance sprang forth such a deeply rooted faith and trust that they found the strength to face the impossible.

I recently had the honor to meet Cassandra at a retreat in Sandford, Michigan. After spending time with her it was evident that the glory of God continues to shine through this humble sister in Christ as she shared words of wisdom and how a person can grow in faith.

May God bless the Poppe family and may their story help others grow steadfast in their own faith.

Finding Hope…is now a Required Read at Alma College

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I am flattered and excited to announce that Finding Hope on Vegas is a required read for Nursing 101 class this fall semester at Alma College.  I never imagined that this book would be used in such a capacity.  God works in mysterious ways!

Preview: Finding Hope on Vegas

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Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood was what it took to save him.

“Finding Hope on Vegas” chronicles how seventeen-year-old Nathan Davis escaped imminent death after being stomped by a fifteen-hundred-pound bull at the Gratiot County fair in Alma, Mich., on Aug. 9, 2014.

Michelle Davis takes readers on a rollercoaster ride as she recounts her family’s journey leading up to Nathan’s accident, the accident itself and the horrific battle of survival that ensued. This profound story will have readers on the edge of their seats as they discover how dedicated family and friends, along with determined medical personnel, witnessed miracle after miracle as Nathan clung to life. Yet, in the midst of it all, the Davis family found an unexpected gift by an unsuspecting giver: hope on a bull named Vegas.

“There are no coincidences, only God moments.” said Michelle Davis.


 

Introduction

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in May when the Davis and Cassiday families gathered together at some property owned by my parents, Richard and Kathy Cassiday, to prepare for yet another event. The property itself was nothing special. It consisted of thirty-nine partially wooded acres with trails that provided hours of dirt bike entertainment for the thirteen Davis and Cassiday cousins. Three towering maple trees stood over a large field. Providing some shade, it was the perfect spot to set up base camp and a fire pit. For years, running water was the only luxury we had, thanks to a couple of gas generators. Earlier that spring, we finally finished construction on a small pole barn that we had started the previous summer. It became the camp kitchen: complete with a propane stove, sink, and food prep area. The kitchen area had been cleaned and restocked earlier in the day to prepare for the summer. Memorial Day weekend, the official start to the camping season, was just a week away, and we were anticipating a slew of campers as we tried to get everything in order.

Gatherings like this were typical for such a crowd since we were such a close-knit family. When there was work to be done, we all pitched in to help. As the ladies worked in the kitchen area, the rest of the gang spent the day working hard: mowing the large camping area, setting up horseshoe pits, erecting a temporary pool, and painting picnic tables and the wooden playground. We knew the hard work would pay off the following Saturday for the huge celebration we had planned.

This property had become hallowed ground in a sense to my three brothers—Bryan, Jason, and Steve—and me, since our families and many great friends camped here throughout the summer. It provided a fun escape for the kids and the adults, to halt the craziness in all of our lives, even if it was used only a few weekends during the summer.

The venture began one Labor Day weekend over thirteen years ago when my sister-in-law Kelli and I decided to camp there. Our oldest kids were still quite small, so we chose the spot since it was fairly close to home. It was only natural for this hallowed ground to become the location for their dual graduation party.

Nevertheless, this day was vastly different than anyone could have expected nine months earlier. A lot had changed for everyone since August. Gratitude filled the air while everyone worked together cheerfully. We were all very thankful to have two graduates for the dual graduation party next weekend rather than just one.

After a long day’s work, the grill was loaded with barbecued chicken to feed the hungry crowd. When dinner was finally ready, one of the grandkids rang the large cast-iron dinner bell. Everyone instinctively gathered in a huge circle and held hands to say the blessing before we ate. My father, after all of the difficult times our family had been through, became a little sentimental and asked, “Please, would everyone please say something they are thankful for before we eat?” Everyone was a little surprised. This was a Thanksgiving tradition and not expected at a graduation, but, again, this was no ordinary gathering.

As I listened to a few of the twenty-three family members express their thanks, I became lost in my own thoughts.  What am I thankful for? Where could I begin? The last nine months had been such a roller coaster for all of us!  What should I say? There were too many things to be thankful for: my husband (Tim), the kids, love, family, God, hope! How could I choose just one?

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Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood …

First-Time Author Michelle Davis Releases Riveting New Read

New Book “Finding Hope on Vegas” Restores Faith in Friends, Family and Divine Intervention

 BEAVERTON, Mich. June 1, 2017 — In her newly published book “Finding Hope on Vegas,” author Michelle Davis chronicles how her seventeen-year-old son Nathan escaped near death after being stomped by a fifteen-hundred-pound bull named Vegas at the Gratiot County fair in Alma, Mich., on Aug. 9, 2014.

As abruptly as the ride ended, Nathan’s health drastically changed as he found himself fighting for life in a small, rural hospital. Michelle takes readers on a rollercoaster ride as she recounts her family’s journey leading up to Nathan’s accident, the accident itself and the horrific battle of survival that ensued. This profound story will have readers on the edge of their seats as they discover how dedicated family and friends, along with determined medical personnel, witnessed miracle after miracle as Nathan clung to life.

Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood was what it took to save Nathan Davis in two and a half weeks’ time. In the midst of it all, the Davis family found an unexpected gift by an unsuspecting giver: hope on a bull named Vegas.

“There are no coincidences, only God moments.” said Michelle Davis.

 Finding Hope on Vegas was published by BookBound Media, LLC, and released on June 1, 2017.  It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. To learn more, please visit findinghopeonvegas.com or the Finding Hope on Vegas page on Facebook.

About the Author

 Author Michelle Davis lives in a small, rural Michigan community. She graduated from Central Michigan University where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science. After working for almost eight years in the technology industry, she left to dedicate herself to her family where years later she found herself faced with the most difficult experience she had ever witnessed. A devout Catholic, Michelle believes God has a plan for everyone. She began to write about that experience in what she called her post-traumatic stress journal and feels blessed that it has been transformed into a book to allow her to share her family’s incredible story of hope.