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AboutCan one woman's prayers change the world?
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? Will 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.
"A Passionate Hope is a wonderful novel rich with historical detail about real people who suffer the heartache that comes from stepping out ahead of God, and the miracle of grace that comes when we cry out to Him."--Francine Rivers, bestselling author of Redeeming Love
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Wives of King David, the Wives of the Patriarchs, the Loves of King Solomon, and the Daughters of the Promised Land series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.
"A Passionate Hope is a wonderful novel rich with historical detail about real people who suffer the heartache that comes from stepping out ahead of God, and the miracle of grace that comes when we cry out to Him."
Francine Rivers, bestselling author of Redeeming Love
Praise for The Crimson Cord"Impeccable research and vivid prose from Smith brings the ancient city of Jericho to life."--Library Journal
"The themes of this book--grace, faith, redemption, and healing--are interwoven with an exciting, suspenseful story."--Booklist
Praise for The Prophetess"This is both a well-drawn love story as well as the wistful imaginings of early Israel."--Publishers Weekly
"Deborah is portrayed as a strong leader and a sensitive, protective mother, making this powerful biblical figure accessible to readers."--RT Book Reviews, four stars
"Smith excels at writing fiction that brings women in from the margins of biblical history and allows their achievements to shine."--Booklist
"With her trademark impeccable research and imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel's most powerful woman in this intriguing and inspiring novel."--Fresh Fiction
Praise for Redeeming Grace"Those who don't know the story will learn a lot about ancient Bible lands, practices of the Jewish faith, and love and redemption in Smith's fine rendition of this much-loved story."--Publishers Weekly
"[Smith's] impeccable research and richly detailed setting give readers a strong sense of life in ancient Israel."--Library Journal
"A Passionate Hope" by author Jill Ellen Smith is a story about a woman and what she goes through in her life. Hannah has to bear the truth that she is unable to have children. This makes her husband take another wife to get the children he desires. She is treated horribly by his new wife and she begins to lose all hope. Why is God doing this to her? Why won't he listen to her begging? What is going to happen to her? This is the kind of story that will let you know what it was like to live in a time where women were not in charge of their future. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing and all opinions are mine.