A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story
by Jill Eileen Smith
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #4
Published by Revell
Publication Date February 6, 2018
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction
Setting: Israel 1000 - 732 BC
Written for: Adults
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.
I would like to thank Revell for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Hannah’s story has always been one that has touched my heart, so when I saw this book, I was very curious to read it. The author did a great job in describing how and why Elkanah might have had two wives when he clearly loved Hannah more than Peninnah. Her thoughts as to how the actions of Hophni and Phineas, the corrupt priests, could have grieved other Levites (and Israelites in general) makes perfect sense and ended up being a very interesting element of the book.
The emotions in the book were very intense, and I felt almost as if I was experiencing them myself. I greatly appreciated the deep love that both Hannah and Elkanah had such a deep reverence and love for the Lord and the way it was evidence throughout the story.
The author’s love for the Lord shines clearly in this book, though I won’t consider this story to be Christian Fiction (because it does not contain any Christian message other than very subtly). It is most certainly Biblical Fiction and would be appreciated by all who love the Old Testament.
There were a few places in the book where things didn’t seem consistent with other things that had been said. I hate to give any spoilers and say exactly what they were. And the overall mood of the book was loneliness, though there were some sweet moments of praise.
There were some serious thematic elements to the story that make this a book best for adults, in my opinion.