A Passionate Hope

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.
  

My Review

Every book that I have read by this author, I have thoroughly enjoyed. I just love how Mrs. Smith truly brings to life the stories of the women of the Bible and faith.  This book was no exception. Instantly, I fell in love with Hannah and Elkanah. They were a great couple. Even stronger for all of the trials and tribulations that that endured along the way. Their faith for sure was tested. Everyone around them was against them.

Although, Penninnah was rude towards Hannah, I felt bad for her. She was coached into hating Hannah from the very beginning. Yet, through it all she was just looking for love and affection from her husband. That is what I believe that we all want.

This is such a lovely story filled with interesting and personable characters. I could not stop reading. The ending was great. There was one quote from the ending that I loved "God did not look on the outward person but on the inner workings of the heart".

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