A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story (Daughter's of the Promised Land #4)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

About the book:

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.
Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband's new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah's cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?
Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

About Jill Eileen Smith:

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.
When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

My Thoughts:

Hannah's story in the Bible is just a sliver. Ms. Smith takes that sliver and crafts a beautiful story that is filled with hope, faith, perseverance, and trusting God, even when everything is bleak and dark.

Ms. Smith writes with such emotion that I could actually feel the pain from Elkanah's mother's jeers and then Peninnah's insults. My heart ached for Hannah, and I desperately wanted her to have a child so they'd leave her alone.

My Bottom Line:

The book is beautiful, and captivating. It moves along at a nice pace without lagging. The characters are well rounded with flaws, and are human struggling to trust God in the darkest of times. 
One of the things I love about Ms. Smith's stories, is while they are based on biblical truth her storytelling encourages you to read the biblical account.
I highly recommend this story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


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