A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)
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.

A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4) Details

TitleA Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherRevell
ISBN-139780800720377
Rating
GenreBiblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian

A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4) Review

  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes the smallest stories in the Bible turn out to be the biggest, life-changing ones. Author Jill Eileen Smith has taken the story of Hannah (the mother of Samuel) and breathed so much life into it that I feel as if I've gone back in time and mourned and rejoiced along with Hannah herself.The characters of Hannah and her husband Elkanah were very well-developed, and while the two were wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord, the author has shown that even then sometimes we fail miserably at bei ​Sometimes the smallest stories in the Bible turn out to be the biggest, life-changing ones. Author Jill Eileen Smith has taken the story of Hannah (the mother of Samuel) and breathed so much life into it that I feel as if I've gone back in time and mourned and rejoiced along with Hannah herself.The characters of Hannah and her husband Elkanah were very well-developed, and while the two were wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord, the author has shown that even then sometimes we fail miserably at being obedient to the One we serve.Like Abraham and Sarah who prayed for a son and whom God promised they would have, Elkanah gave into the sin of polygamy by refusing to wait on God. How Hannah endured the taunts and barbs of his new wife Penninah, who gave him child after child, is shown throughout this book. I was actually angry at Elkanah because he deliberately cheated on his wife, to get what he wanted - children. Granted, he was forced into the marriage by his mother, and even by Hannah who grudgingly agreed but still, he could have said no. But then the theme of this story would not have come through - that of waiting on God for our answers to prayer. That, I believe is the hardest part of being obedient to God. We like to think we can force His hand or prod it along to get our way, but God has the final say in the matter. Smith did an excellent job including biblical accounts of the evil priests Phineas and Hophni, preparing the way for the son Hannah would eventually have - Samuel, who would help bring change to Israel. If you want an inspiring read, that will stay with you days later grab a copy of A Passionate Hope!
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    Biblical fiction at it's finest! Jill never fails to transport me back into the pages of scripture with her writing, as if I'm right in the midst of the people & culture of the times. Surrounded by the sights, sounds, and feel of Shiloh & the annual feasts this time around in her book. Honestly, it's as real as being there myself! She also always nudges me to re-read the account of whatever character she chooses to portray in whatever book I happen to be reading. Though I've probably rea Biblical fiction at it's finest! Jill never fails to transport me back into the pages of scripture with her writing, as if I'm right in the midst of the people & culture of the times. Surrounded by the sights, sounds, and feel of Shiloh & the annual feasts this time around in her book. Honestly, it's as real as being there myself! She also always nudges me to re-read the account of whatever character she chooses to portray in whatever book I happen to be reading. Though I've probably read the account of Hannah, her husband Elkanah & Peninnah many times in the Bible, the author has a way of breathing life into them who I only know through God's word. Making them real in my mind and feeling, seeing, tasting and touching everything they do. From walking with them on the dust covered roads as they travel to many feasts, and seeing the priests & many sacrifices made in the temple. It must have been quite a lot to take in, and to worship Adonai so freely among others who do the same must have been incredible! My own spirit leaps with them! I'd have to say I resonated with Hannah in so many ways. Not in the fact that she couldn't bear children, but that she wrestled with doubt that God heard her prayers when she prayed in earnest for a child, especially after so many years of barrenness. And when Peninnah cruely reminded her and oftentimes goaded her after bearing her own children. I know she had faith in the Lord and loved Him with all her heart, but I also know how it is to doubt. Both her and Elkanah also saw the wickedness of the priests & corruption of the temple and wondered how long God would tolerate it. They struggled with how a loving God could ever put up with evil! The author reminded us throughout the book that no matter our doubts or questions, God is a God that does hear and see even when we think He seems silent. I also know He used their son Samuel to mete out His judgment. But oh, my mother heart grieved when it came time to send him to live with Eli (the high priest) to fulfill Hannah's vow! Loved this book, just like the others I've read by Jill. She brings so much life to them and reminds us of God's ways in our own lives. Biblical fiction has quickly become one of my favorite genres thanks to authors like this who prod us to delve into God's word even deeper! Favorite lines:Page 34: “Did not Moses say that our God is near to us whenever we pray to Him? I think He hears our prayers no matter where we pray them. I don't think our God is hindered by where we are.” Page 68: “If a foreign country were trying to invade us, we could join forces and oppose them, but we are corrupt from within our own tribes and leaders. How are we suppose to battle that?”Page 69: Hannah talking; “ I do not understand how the God I worship could allow a widow to be so bereft. Or why He allows the priests to act as they do without consequence.” She searched his face. “Do you know?” Elkanah's response; “You ask hard questions, my love. Who can truly know the mind of God? He tells us to pray, He commands our obedience, but His ways are not our ways. How can one created understand the One who made him?”* I received a complimentary copy by the publisher on behalf of the author. No favorable review was required. *
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  • Anne Rightler
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! A Passionate Hope, fourth in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, is another wonderfully written historical novel by Jill Eileen Smith. Having read others in this series, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. Hannah, probably a fairly well-known woman of the Scriptures, comes to life at the hand of this author. She is the beloved yet barren wife of Elkanah and has loved and obeyed Adonai all her years. Why would He not hear her cries and answer her prayers? Even knowing the Wow! A Passionate Hope, fourth in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, is another wonderfully written historical novel by Jill Eileen Smith. Having read others in this series, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. Hannah, probably a fairly well-known woman of the Scriptures, comes to life at the hand of this author. She is the beloved yet barren wife of Elkanah and has loved and obeyed Adonai all her years. Why would He not hear her cries and answer her prayers? Even knowing the Biblical account and how it begins and ends, I am impressed with the wonderful job the author does of fleshing out the individuals, crafting them into characters that are believable and have issues that readers can connect with. Hannah, blessed with a husband who has given her his total affection and yet she is often filled with despair and time and again feels worthless sometimes to the point of wishing she could just disappear from this life God has given her. Elkanah is portrayed as a man whose heart is after God, sorrowful for his beloved wife, and a dutiful husband to Peninnah, the haughty and embittered sister-wife. In reading this book, I am reminded of the old adage 'there is nothing new under the sun'. Some of the behaviors the author writes of could be headlines from current newspapers. Dynamic dialogue, descriptive scenes and the smooth flow of the story grab and keep the reader's attention. A Passionate Hope is a story of a woman who wants to give God all she has and of a God who hears and restores the brokenness in one's heart, a story you do not want to miss.I received a copy of the book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Do you like Biblical Fiction? If so, you will not be disappointed in this story. We all know that Hannah gave Samuel back to God, but this book shows us what Hannah's life might have been like. The story is very well written. The characters are very well developed. You feel like you could be Hannah's sister or neighbor. The story flows well and doesn't drag at all. It also isn't so fast-paced you get lost or left behind. It starts with Hannah as a young teen and follows her story through her adu Do you like Biblical Fiction? If so, you will not be disappointed in this story. We all know that Hannah gave Samuel back to God, but this book shows us what Hannah's life might have been like. The story is very well written. The characters are very well developed. You feel like you could be Hannah's sister or neighbor. The story flows well and doesn't drag at all. It also isn't so fast-paced you get lost or left behind. It starts with Hannah as a young teen and follows her story through her adult life. Even though this is fiction, it is a very believable account of how her life may have been. I was interested from the very beginning and was not disappointed at all.It is not at all a preachy kind of book. It does show Hannah's faith and what that kind of faith can do for a person. It is a very uplifting story, although Hannah's life is definitely not a bed of roses. I asked Baker Publishing for a chance to read and review this book and was given the book to review. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and any who like a good, historical Christian fiction book.
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  • Kellyn Roth
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!for the most part, it was very good. As it is fictional, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I'm not convinced this is how the story actually took place, though it could have. ;)
  • Valerie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I am reviewing this book from an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher. I am not being compensated in anyway for the review of this book other than receiving a copy of the book.I don’t normally read historical novels, particularly Christian ones, as I can rarely relate to the culture of the characters. However, having recently studied Hannah’s story I thought I would give this one a try. It is usually difficult to retain interest in a work of fiction if you already know the key points of the I am reviewing this book from an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher. I am not being compensated in anyway for the review of this book other than receiving a copy of the book.I don’t normally read historical novels, particularly Christian ones, as I can rarely relate to the culture of the characters. However, having recently studied Hannah’s story I thought I would give this one a try. It is usually difficult to retain interest in a work of fiction if you already know the key points of the tale, as well as how the story ends. But in this case, I was never bored, as Jill Smith surprised me again and again with the direction in which she took her tale.Both the frustrations and the determination of Hannah were very relatable. A picture is also painted of the backgrounds of the other main characters, so that we may understand their motivations and, at least somewhat, empathize with them also. The author also tackled the cultural climate of trying to worship under a corrupt priesthood. And the daily cycles of the life of a woman of this period is also well delineated, with no jarring hints of a modern mindset.There was not a lot of depth of characterization at the beginning, but then again, the very young rarely have a lot of depth of character. As Hannah faced the challenges of being a barren wife and unhappy daughter-in-law, we see her faith grow. By the tale’s end, the combination of strength and femininity that was Hannah’s from the very beginning, became the fully mature hallmarks of that woman whose faith and compassion are the result of a trial by fire. She is the sort of woman we would like to become. And the sort of woman we would like to know.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story is a beautiful story of hope, faith, and inspiration. I love this fourth installment from the Daughters of the Promised Land series. To be honest, I was not sure about it at first. Then suddenly, I was hooked and loving Hannah more and more. I felt connected to her. I could feel and understand her struggles. It was heartbreaking at times but she never gave up, which is admirable to see her strength.A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story is my newest favorite by Jill A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story is a beautiful story of hope, faith, and inspiration. I love this fourth installment from the Daughters of the Promised Land series. To be honest, I was not sure about it at first. Then suddenly, I was hooked and loving Hannah more and more. I felt connected to her. I could feel and understand her struggles. It was heartbreaking at times but she never gave up, which is admirable to see her strength.A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story is my newest favorite by Jill Eileen Smith. Her work just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this book and give it 5+ stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    When reviewing a Biblically-based novel, I find it useful to review what I know about the main character(s). I knew that Hannah was the mother of Samuel, who anointed both Saul and David. I knew she’d been barren for many years, and I knew that she made a vow to God that, if He gave her a child, she would surrender that child back to Him. She also had a vicious sister-wife!A Passionate Hope had me rethink at least one of my presumptions. Peninnah is essentially the villainess of Hannah’s story, When reviewing a Biblically-based novel, I find it useful to review what I know about the main character(s). I knew that Hannah was the mother of Samuel, who anointed both Saul and David. I knew she’d been barren for many years, and I knew that she made a vow to God that, if He gave her a child, she would surrender that child back to Him. She also had a vicious sister-wife!A Passionate Hope had me rethink at least one of my presumptions. Peninnah is essentially the villainess of Hannah’s story, but Jill Eileen Smith made me feel sympathy for her. She was the second wife of a man she loved, and she gave him plenty of children, but Elkanah was never really able to give her what she wanted. In Smith’s account, Peninnah’s deceased father hadn’t been a great father or husband and her mother consistently gave her bad advice. As for Hannah, I can’t imagine what it must’ve felt like to know your husband was sleeping with another woman because she could give him sons when you couldn’t. And how much worse it must’ve been for the wives of the sons of Eli, the priests who couldn’t have cared less about carrying out their duties the way God instructed. Instead of focusing on the responsibilities they’d been given they reveled in the power that resulted from those responsibilities.Don’t expect a detailed look of the duties of the Levites, the loss of the Ark of the Covenant in battle, or of Samuel as an adult. We get Elkanah’s perspective, but only as it pertains to Hannah and Peninnah. This is a book about the mother of a great Bible figure, in a series about pivotal female figures of the Old Testament. Look at it in that light and I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a fascinating look a woman who struggled to understand God but kept her faith in Him nevertheless. Thank you to Revell and Jill Eileen Smith for my complimentary copy of A Passionate Hope, which I received for my honest review.
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  • Sandy Griffin
    January 1, 1970
    Without a doubt, this is THE best book I've read in quite a long time. The story of Hannah and her desperation to bear a child, has long been a favorite of mine. I've often thought of the deep pain and despair she must have felt while having to endure the taunts and degredation by Peninniah. Jill Eileen Smith has brought those feelings to life in such a way as to touch my very soul. I was initially skeptical and leery of reading a fictional account based on a real life Bible character, but Mrs. Without a doubt, this is THE best book I've read in quite a long time. The story of Hannah and her desperation to bear a child, has long been a favorite of mine. I've often thought of the deep pain and despair she must have felt while having to endure the taunts and degredation by Peninniah. Jill Eileen Smith has brought those feelings to life in such a way as to touch my very soul. I was initially skeptical and leery of reading a fictional account based on a real life Bible character, but Mrs. Smith has quite obviously done her homework and describes the lifestyles in Hannah's days with accuracy and vividity. This story has come alive to me like I'd never imagined possible and has given me an even deeper respect for both Hannah and Elkanah. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has ever been touched by the story of Hannah and her great faith in Adonai.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    The biblical Hannah, the woman who so longed for a child that she appeared drunk to the prophet Eli, had to be an amazing woman. She lived in a time where the priests were wicked and without discipline. Yet, for such longing to be a mother, she promised Yahweh that if He would bless her, she would return him to Him while he was yet a young child. Jill Eileen Smith weaves a story of the lives, times and blessings of our amazing Jehovah as seen through Hannah's eyes. I couldn't put it down! The bo The biblical Hannah, the woman who so longed for a child that she appeared drunk to the prophet Eli, had to be an amazing woman. She lived in a time where the priests were wicked and without discipline. Yet, for such longing to be a mother, she promised Yahweh that if He would bless her, she would return him to Him while he was yet a young child. Jill Eileen Smith weaves a story of the lives, times and blessings of our amazing Jehovah as seen through Hannah's eyes. I couldn't put it down! The book was sent to me for my honest review by the publishers.
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  • Sherril Stinnett
    January 1, 1970
    Jill Eileen Smith is one of my favorite authors. God has graced her with the gift of being able to take a character from the Bible and bring her to life in such a way that her story is still relevant today. A Passionate Hope is no different. The main character in A Passionate Hope is Hannah. As a young girl, Hannah dreams of the day when she will marry and give birth to a houseful of children, as so many young girls do. Hannah is passionate about her love for the Lord and her dreams of being a w Jill Eileen Smith is one of my favorite authors. God has graced her with the gift of being able to take a character from the Bible and bring her to life in such a way that her story is still relevant today. A Passionate Hope is no different. The main character in A Passionate Hope is Hannah. As a young girl, Hannah dreams of the day when she will marry and give birth to a houseful of children, as so many young girls do. Hannah is passionate about her love for the Lord and her dreams of being a wife and a mother. A certain young man falls in love with her passion and before she knows it, Hannah’s betrothed and on her way to making her dreams a reality. When a year passes and Hannah still hasn’t become pregnant, she reflects on the stories of Sarah and Rachel in the Bible and doesn’t lose hope. Five years later, she does the same thing. But how much hope can she hold ontoafter twenty years have passed and still her womb remains barren?Hannah’s story will appeal to so many women today who are patiently waiting to give birth. Her hope derived from her passionate love and belief that God sees her and has a perfect plan for her life is sure to inspire hope in even the most cynical reader.
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  • Elly
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SO good! I related to Hannah on so many levels and couldn't help but feel myself in her shoes. The story COMPLETELY immersed me and I couldn't put it down once I'd begun! With attention to detail and biblical accuracy, this is one of the very BEST fictionalizations of biblical events that I've ever read! And I'm pretty picky when it comes to this genre (I'm a stickler for biblical accuracy😉) Ms. Smith did an OUTSTANDING job when she went about writing this novel. The author notes This book was SO good! I related to Hannah on so many levels and couldn't help but feel myself in her shoes. The story COMPLETELY immersed me and I couldn't put it down once I'd begun! With attention to detail and biblical accuracy, this is one of the very BEST fictionalizations of biblical events that I've ever read! And I'm pretty picky when it comes to this genre (I'm a stickler for biblical accuracy😉) Ms. Smith did an OUTSTANDING job when she went about writing this novel. The author notes in the end that her "early attempts at this novel looked nothing like what ended up on these pages." And I can only say that I'm glad she waited it out then, because this book was AMAZING! Both impactful and insightful, as well as enjoyable and entertaining (I especially enjoyed the bit where she included the Bible passages of the events about to take place in the following chapters!) This novel grabbed ahold of me at the prologue and never quite DID release me fully...even when I'd finished the epilogue and read through both the note to the reader and acknowledgements! I'm eager (as all of you should be, too!) to see what new delicacies Ms. Smith has in store for us in the near future!
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  • Alicia Lowery
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book!!! I love Jill’s writing! What a great story of trusting our God to do what only He can do. A story of believing in God during the most difficult losses and persecution. Here are some of my favorite quotes:“We must ask the Lord to give us a deliverer, one who can lead the people back to true worship of Adonai.”“If only there was something she could do to fix her life. She nearly laughed at the foolish thought. What could one woman possibly do to save her family, let alone her nati Excellent book!!! I love Jill’s writing! What a great story of trusting our God to do what only He can do. A story of believing in God during the most difficult losses and persecution. Here are some of my favorite quotes:“We must ask the Lord to give us a deliverer, one who can lead the people back to true worship of Adonai.”“If only there was something she could do to fix her life. She nearly laughed at the foolish thought. What could one woman possibly do to save her family, let alone her nation?”“What can I do? [Elkanah prayed]. He lifted his head to gaze upon the coming dawn. Trust me. [replied Adonai]”“He can be trusted to do the rest of what we entrust to Him.”
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  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    January 1, 1970
    Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.Recommended Age: 16+, because of hints at sexual interaction between Elkanah and Hannah (or Peninnah) and moments of feeling suicidal.My Review:I've only read a handful of biblical fiction, and when I first saw this book's cover, I just knew I had to read it. This was my first time reading a book by Jill Eileen Smith, and I left it with a great experience. I totally want to read some more books by her. So I remember reading 1 Samuel a few times in Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.Recommended Age: 16+, because of hints at sexual interaction between Elkanah and Hannah (or Peninnah) and moments of feeling suicidal.My Review:I've only read a handful of biblical fiction, and when I first saw this book's cover, I just knew I had to read it. This was my first time reading a book by Jill Eileen Smith, and I left it with a great experience. I totally want to read some more books by her. So I remember reading 1 Samuel a few times in the past, but it took me a while to connect everything in this story to the real thing and made some wrong assumptions about what was going to happen a few times because that's the imaginative part of me. The writing was wonderfully done, and although I knew what was going to happen, the way the author wrote this story was simply divine. The way the author had described Hannah was wonderful. Although she had her flaws at times, that really made me like her more. I can't imagine what it would be like to not be granted the ability to give birth to children for a long time and was amazed in general when I thought about how she put her trust in the Lord. It really must have been hard for her to allow her husband to marry Peninnah, and to have that rude woman spout awful remarks about how Hannah was barren. Again, it's just really amazing when I think about it. I really loved how the author included scripture, made the story somewhat preachy, and highlighted Hannah's faith in the Lord as well as her actions for Him.Elkanah was another one I was fond of. The Bible doesn't reveal much about how he felt about marrying Peninnah, but I imagine it would be similar to the way it was described in this story. I don't even understand why he would marry someone like her, as the Bible does not go into detail about this. At least he had Hannah, but still.Although I really didn't dislike anything in this book, I chose to rate it four stars because it was not my top favorite book and not something I could really rave about. I still liked it, of course, but it wasn't the best thing I've read. It was really hard for me to review this book, when remembering that this is just an idea of what could have happened to Hannah. If you are fond of biblical fiction, then you will want to pick up this book! I would totally take a look at Hannah's story in the Bible (1 Samuel).Content Warnings: mentions of sexual interaction between Elkanah and his wives, moments of characters feeling suicidal, women giving birth to children somewhat descriptive enough to bother some, romance.I received this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to provide a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    Historical fiction is not the genre I normally read, but there was just something about this book that got my attention and it truly is a special journey of faith, heartbreak, and healing! I'm always fascinated by Biblical fiction and this was my first time reading Smith's work, I was engrossed from the start.Hyam looked at him for a lengthy breath and smiled wide. "You have my permission, on one condition." Elkanah met his gaze, a sudden kick in his heart. "What condition?""You can never divorc Historical fiction is not the genre I normally read, but there was just something about this book that got my attention and it truly is a special journey of faith, heartbreak, and healing! I'm always fascinated by Biblical fiction and this was my first time reading Smith's work, I was engrossed from the start.Hyam looked at him for a lengthy breath and smiled wide. "You have my permission, on one condition." Elkanah met his gaze, a sudden kick in his heart. "What condition?""You can never divorce her. Even if she proves to be barren, you can never divorce her or send her back to me or her mother." His intense gaze never left Elkanah's face.Elkanah felt the heat of embarrassment sweep through him."I have no reason to ever desire such a thing. I will gladly put my seal on such a promise."Why would Hannah's dad even suggest barrenness? I guess in those days, it was a possibility that couldn't be overlooked, but still this quote seems to be a powerful moment in the story.I truly loved Hannah and her faith, she understands the heart of God better than her parents do.I couldn't stand Penniah, but I also felt sorry for her. She is cruel and jealous, but she really doesn't understand how to be a good person, it was something never taught to her.There are three parts to the story, but I was satisfied that it's so easy to read and the chapters are short. Smith TRULY captures the essence of what it felt like to be a woman during this time, the agony Hannah goes through not being able to conceive and despite the heartache of giving away her first born to the church, how the joy and peace of God fills her after the deed is done. There is so much sadness in this story yet it is also rich with the ways of God and the hope of trusting Him when you desperately want a prayer to be answered."What else can I do? A sense of uncompromising trust filled him."This is Hannah's journey, so well written, and shows that her husband truly did love her but how their life was still filled with struggles and realistic circumstances at the time. Yet despite all they go through, their faith in God never wavers and their reactions are tangible. Hannah is married to Elkanah for 18 years before they start to see their prayers answered, that really is amazing patience. I enjoyed this story so much, I loved being there with Hannah, truly inspiring and heartfelt!I received a free ebook from the publisher via NetGalley, I voluntarily reviewed this. The comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Beth King
    January 1, 1970
    A Passionate Hope was the perfect ending to Jill Eileen Smith’s Daughters of the Promised Land series. A story of hope, faith, love, and trust in God. Jill Eileen Smith did an excellent job in bringing this story to life as she does in every book. I highly recommend A Passionate Hope and the rest of the books in this series.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    Jill Eileen Smith gives such a vivid picture of Hannah and her struggles. She brings to life women of the Old Testament with her extensive research and imaginative writing skills! I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants a clearer picture of the life that Hannah lived!
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  • Beckie Burnham
    January 1, 1970
    Although I have read the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel numerous times, I have never read a fictionalized account of her life. Hers is a story worth telling, and I am so glad that Jill Eileen Smith has included it in her Daughters of The Promised Land series. A Passionate Hope is an outstanding novel and probably my favorite so far by Smith. Both Hannah’s personal story and the culture that she lived in comes alive in this sometimes sad, sometimes poignant, and ultimately victorious retelling of Although I have read the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel numerous times, I have never read a fictionalized account of her life. Hers is a story worth telling, and I am so glad that Jill Eileen Smith has included it in her Daughters of The Promised Land series. A Passionate Hope is an outstanding novel and probably my favorite so far by Smith. Both Hannah’s personal story and the culture that she lived in comes alive in this sometimes sad, sometimes poignant, and ultimately victorious retelling of the Biblical narrative. If you are a fan of Biblical fiction, this book is a must-read.Hannah is very much a woman of her time — dutiful to family and God, her greatest desire is to be the mother of sons to her husband Elkanah. But tragically, her prayers go unanswered year after year. In a culture where children are an important inheritance from the Lord, Hannah’s empty arms mean scorn, derision, pity, and despair. Hannah’s barrenness is seen as a failure on her part, and her husband has every right to take another wife to bear him a child. When Elkanah does just that, God’s plan for marriage is overturned for what man reasons to be the the correct course.I loved the character of Hannah as portrayed by Smith. She remains strong in her faith in God, despite the unfair treatment by her husband’s family and his second wife, Penninah. But her faith reflects those of us all — doubt and sorrow often creep in. Her question to God — Do You see me? — resonated with my heart. But Hannah remains firm in her trust in God, even when Elkanah is persuaded by others to help God along by marrying someone to bear him children. I couldn’t help but like Elkanah, but he is a flawed character. In the Bible, as well as in the novel, he asks Hannah why he isn’t enough for her. But he never believes Hannah can be enough. That’s the overpowering pull of cultural expectations. In our modern world we can see how wrong his reasoning is, but aren’t there things that we place higher than important relationships (including our relationship with God)? Penninah is a disagreeable character in the Bible, and in A Passionate Hope she isn’t any better. As portrayed in the novel, Penninah is very human in her desire for love and her jealous and bitter behavior towards Hannah. No, I didn’t like Penninah, but I could see why she became the way she was. The corruption of the priesthood during this time in Israel’s history as depicted by Smith showed the importance of Samuel’s birth and made me want to reach for my Bible to see just what was going on. The best of Biblical fiction does that, and A Passionate Hope is one of the best.A Passionate Hope is well-written and well-researched. Its pages will help you see the Bible with fresh eyes and will urge you to read for yourself God’s word.Highly Recommended.Audience: adults.(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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  • Cathy Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Elkanah has waited for some years for the girl he fell in love with to grow up, and finally they marry, against the wishes of some members of his family, especially his mother. Each is deeply in love with the other, and they learn to deal with the difficulties cast in their way by his mother, but trouble arises when Hannah bears no children. The pressure to marry a second wife increases, with the suggested bride being the daughter of his mother's best friend. Still in love with Hannah, Elkanah f Elkanah has waited for some years for the girl he fell in love with to grow up, and finally they marry, against the wishes of some members of his family, especially his mother. Each is deeply in love with the other, and they learn to deal with the difficulties cast in their way by his mother, but trouble arises when Hannah bears no children. The pressure to marry a second wife increases, with the suggested bride being the daughter of his mother's best friend. Still in love with Hannah, Elkanah finally agrees to take a second wife, Peninnah, to bear him children. She does so, and life becomes even harder for Hannah, as the loved but barren wife. The tale of their lives together, and her vow of desperation, make a compelling story, set as it is against the background of a corrupt priesthood.The story forms a memorable read both for those who consider it as Biblical fiction, a Bible story fleshed out with fiction to bring it to life, and for any who don't care about the Bible story and merely want an enjoyable piece of historical fiction. I didn't come across anything that struck me as being biblically or historically incorrect, and was enthralled by the way that the story I've known all my life was brought to life through fiction. Good lessons were brought out of the story too, but not in a preachy way.Overall, a good book, with a good plot, realistic characters and a good message. The historical background is woven in carefully along the way without ever feeling like a history lesson, and the reader is able to feel like they are 'there'. It isn't what I would call a light read, but one to come back to and think about. Having said that, though, the writing was such as to keep me enthralled on a plane, when concentration can be difficult! So, this book is one that I would highly recommend, and it's an author I'll be looking out for more of.Plot: goodContent: cleanLanguage/writing style: good writing, with no bad languageCharacters: felt realisticOverall rating: 5 starsNote that I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
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  • C.E. Hart
    January 1, 1970
    I love biblical fiction stories. A Passionate Hope, by Jill Eileen Smith, tells the story of the biblical woman, Hannah. It is the fourth Daughter’s of the Promised Land book series, and is a great stand-alone book. Though little is mentioned about her in the Bible, this story is created in such a way that it gives us a taste of what it was like for her during her life. The customs, the living conditions, dangers, and more, are highly researched and make the story come alive. The mix of history I love biblical fiction stories. A Passionate Hope, by Jill Eileen Smith, tells the story of the biblical woman, Hannah. It is the fourth Daughter’s of the Promised Land book series, and is a great stand-alone book. Though little is mentioned about her in the Bible, this story is created in such a way that it gives us a taste of what it was like for her during her life. The customs, the living conditions, dangers, and more, are highly researched and make the story come alive. The mix of history and fiction not only entertains, but also teaches us so much of the time of the Judges. I feel I’ve learned so much.There is limited Biblical information on Hannah. We know that she was barren and yearned for children. In A Passionate Hope, Hannah’s story is fleshed out, instilling emotions, hardships, and fears, as well as faith, redemption, and patience. I learned so much about the lifestyles and customs of the characters. Hannah: I adore her and the way she chose to live her life—in reverence to God and His ways. We would all do well to have her faith, strength, and perseverance.Elkanah: He loves Hannah so much—but I have to say, he frustrated me at times. I wanted him to be stronger, more assertive, but he was annoyingly passive at times. He is a good man, but felt rather weak.Peninnah: She is the perfect antagonist! She made me so angry (which is a good thing—creating tension and kept me turning pages.) I had sympathy for her, yet I wanted to make her go away as well. I love a character that creates strong feelings in me!The secondary characters are memorable as well, and add so much to the story.I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical Fiction. This is a deeply emotional and memorable book.Cover: LoveTitle: LovePages: 368Publisher: RevellFirst Line (Prologue): Hannah walked with her father and brothers and fellow Kohathites from Ramathaim-zophim in the hills of Ephraim, nearly skipping for joy at the chance to accompany them Shiloh during their week of work.I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy of this book.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A PASSIONATE HOPE is the latest book by acclained, award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith and fans of biblical fiction will devour this latest offering which the story of Hannah, the mother of Samuel. I am not a huge fan of biblical fiction, as it is just that, fiction, and as a reader I am not sure what is actually true and what is made up. Is Hannah's husband really the brother of her best friend? Was Hannah's sister-wife truly not a hateful person but only being that way to Hannah because he A PASSIONATE HOPE is the latest book by acclained, award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith and fans of biblical fiction will devour this latest offering which the story of Hannah, the mother of Samuel. I am not a huge fan of biblical fiction, as it is just that, fiction, and as a reader I am not sure what is actually true and what is made up. Is Hannah's husband really the brother of her best friend? Was Hannah's sister-wife truly not a hateful person but only being that way to Hannah because her mother and mother-in-law told her to be? I don't know. There is a lot of speculation in here, I think, and also some truths because we do know the priests (Eli's sons) were corrupt. We also know Hannah gave her son to God, to the temple, to Eli to raise. I'm sure Ms. Smith did her research and I am not doubting that. I am also sure that biblical fiction fans will love this story as (as far as I know) there aren't any other books out there about Hannah. The authors are delving out of the tried and true and into the known but not so common, and that is probably a good thing.Ms. Smith is a stellar writer and the story is engaging. If you like biblical fiction read A PASSIONATE HOPE about Hannah and watch her as she grows from a young virgin to a first-wife watching her husband marry another woman to a mother giving up her child to God -- Hannah is definitely a woman of courage, of strength, and of honor.I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I believe this book is my favorite of Jill Eileen's novels, and that is saying something. Hannah's story is intensely emotional, drawing the reader into the corrupt world of ancient Israel in a time between judges. I could experience the world of that day through the author's vivid descriptions, and I have a much greater understanding of what it was like. Mostly I identified deeply with Hannah and her spiritual and emotional struggles. How painful to be barren in a time when fertility was a woma I believe this book is my favorite of Jill Eileen's novels, and that is saying something. Hannah's story is intensely emotional, drawing the reader into the corrupt world of ancient Israel in a time between judges. I could experience the world of that day through the author's vivid descriptions, and I have a much greater understanding of what it was like. Mostly I identified deeply with Hannah and her spiritual and emotional struggles. How painful to be barren in a time when fertility was a woman's entire purpose! How horrible to see your in-laws pressure your husband to take another wife, then live with a jealous, bitter rival for his time and attention!Yet I also sympathized with and loved Elkanah, caught between desire and duty. And when Samuel was finally born, how I admired these parents who demonstrated their love for this son by honoring their sacred vow to God!This is a beautiful book, written from the author's heart. I highly recommend it.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    In-depth research and a gift for story-telling are characteristics of Author Jill Eileen Smith. She enables the reader to better understand the traditions and difficult daily life of people during Biblical times. A Passionate Hope is the story of Hannah who displays incredible faith and obedience as well as courage when faced with trying circumstances and the disgrace of being childless. Hannah and husband Elkanah’s endearing love story becomes a challenge for Hannah when Elkanah takes a second In-depth research and a gift for story-telling are characteristics of Author Jill Eileen Smith. She enables the reader to better understand the traditions and difficult daily life of people during Biblical times. A Passionate Hope is the story of Hannah who displays incredible faith and obedience as well as courage when faced with trying circumstances and the disgrace of being childless. Hannah and husband Elkanah’s endearing love story becomes a challenge for Hannah when Elkanah takes a second wife. My favorite quote from the book is an example of the faithfulness Hannah exhibited when she said to Elkanah, “none of us deserve blessing, but I am so glad God gives it anyway.” You will be inspired. Each book in The Daughters of the Promised Land series tells the story of a very resilient woman from the Old Testament. Do yourself a favor and add one or all these books to your to-be-read pile!I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher/author for my honest opinion.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing story depicting Hannah and Elkanah's passion for each other and the long struggle for a child and heir. I read about consequences of decisions, unforgiveness, jealousy, family attacks and divided affections. At the same time, the priests, sons of Eli, at the temple in Shilo, have become corrupt, greedy and disobedient to their father, Eli, and to God and His Law. God has a plan to return His priests and His people to Himself, which involves all of them. The wonderful thing about What an amazing story depicting Hannah and Elkanah's passion for each other and the long struggle for a child and heir. I read about consequences of decisions, unforgiveness, jealousy, family attacks and divided affections. At the same time, the priests, sons of Eli, at the temple in Shilo, have become corrupt, greedy and disobedient to their father, Eli, and to God and His Law. God has a plan to return His priests and His people to Himself, which involves all of them. The wonderful thing about the author is how she brings historical facts together with the culture of the time, the expected gender roles, and God's Word. I enjoyed the emotion of the characters, especially Hannah; the family dynamics of reacting to a barren woman in a culture where the purpose of a woman is to bear children and that's primary. Like I say with all Jill's novels, there's just enough fiction and just enough fact to involve me in the story. Enjoy!
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  • Nichole
    January 1, 1970
    An anxious heart would be an accurate description of my feelings if I chose to dedicate my son to God and leave him with Eli whose sons were wicked. Jill Eileen Smith took the details of the Bible and gave them life in A Passionate Hope. The realization that eventually Hannah would be given a son and would make the decision to offer him to God knowing of the wickedness of the priests made this mama uneasy. I have a renewed picture of Hannah thanks to reading this book.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    A Passionate Hope is a lovely Biblical fiction novel. I enjoyed reading this story about Hannah’s life and found this book to be well written with developed characters. Smith writes so that the story flows at a steady pace so that you are drawn in from the beginning and holds your attention until the end. A Passionate Hope is not a preachy kind of book. It does show Hannah’s faith and what strong faith can do to a person. I really enjoyed reading this lovely novel.
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  • Wilani Wahl
    January 1, 1970
    Biblical Fiction at its finest. I have always loved the story of Hannah and Samuel. This book made the story come alive to me. It is well written. I loved the research this author puts in her writing. She portrays the story acurately according to the biblical accounts. It is different to read a book where you know the ending but yet can't stop reading to see how the author is going to weave all the parts together. I found myself reading in my Bible this passage. I can't wait to read more books f Biblical Fiction at its finest. I have always loved the story of Hannah and Samuel. This book made the story come alive to me. It is well written. I loved the research this author puts in her writing. She portrays the story acurately according to the biblical accounts. It is different to read a book where you know the ending but yet can't stop reading to see how the author is going to weave all the parts together. I found myself reading in my Bible this passage. I can't wait to read more books from this author
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the story very much after having won a copy through Early Reviewers on Library Thing with agreement to provide an honest review in return.Smith's storytelling brought "real life and heart" to the story of Hannah, which although I have read it often and know it well, was lacking many of the cultural details and personalities of the ones central to it. I am curious about the resources for these details, whether from sources available to anyone who takes the time and trouble to find them, I enjoyed the story very much after having won a copy through Early Reviewers on Library Thing with agreement to provide an honest review in return.Smith's storytelling brought "real life and heart" to the story of Hannah, which although I have read it often and know it well, was lacking many of the cultural details and personalities of the ones central to it. I am curious about the resources for these details, whether from sources available to anyone who takes the time and trouble to find them, or "inspired" by the Holy Spirit.It is a wonderful example of perseverance and faith that overcomes one's own struggle to maintain it through years of disappointment and diminished hope. It is a lesson also of how we are subject to the history God wants to write through us, not our setting goals and marking them off one by one as they are reached in the time and manner we plan.
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  • Terri Bond
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story of the old testament. Your hart will go out out to Hannah. A real page turner. I now want to read all of the books by this author.
  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    I won this off of LibraryThing give away.I have rad other books by this author and have enjoyed them a lot , and this one did not let me down. The book is a based on the Bible story of Hannah a woman of God. I found it took me a little to get into the story, but once I did I found the story interesting and the characters where done very well.Hannah is a young woman of marring age. She has look forward to the day she will be married andhave children. She is the favorite wife of Elkanch and the a I won this off of LibraryThing give away.I have rad other books by this author and have enjoyed them a lot , and this one did not let me down. The book is a based on the Bible story of Hannah a woman of God. I found it took me a little to get into the story, but once I did I found the story interesting and the characters where done very well.Hannah is a young woman of marring age. She has look forward to the day she will be married andhave children. She is the favorite wife of Elkanch and the a rival to his second wife. Elkanch has beenpressed by his parents to take a second wife who can bear him a son. Hannah has not been able toproduce a son which is much favored to carry on the blood line of the father. Hannah has prayed that God would show favor on her and give her a child.Hannah's love for God is pure and she stand's by her faith and her love for her husband. She struggle with her self worth and does not understand why God has not answered her prayer. She has no one to turn to. People are blaming her for not giving her husband a son.The story show us the struggle of Abram's wife Sara and how God did finally give her a son. So Hannah will find that God will answer her prayers and what he has in store for her son. We just have to hold on and not let go of what be believe and keep faith that God knows what is best and in store for us.
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