A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith
Here’s another Biblical fiction novel I’d like to tell you about.
This is the story of Hannah, told as you’ve never heard it before.
One reason I especially enjoy Biblical fiction is because it brings those Bible stories to light in a new way. This one is no exception!
If you’ve ever taken the time to wonder, to ponder, on what life might have been like for Hannah, a barren woman, in those Old Testament, Israelite days, then you will enjoy reading this one.
What was it like, being one of two wives? Seeing the other wife bearing sons, and instead, bearing only shame.
What was it like, to finally have a son, and then take him to live at the tabernacle? After her deep longing for a son, she gave him up to only see him every year. What dedication to God this must have taken! She became alive to me as I never saw her before. Her struggles, her tears, and most importantly, her love for her God. She trusted Him to bring about her deepest desire, even when it seemed impossible.
The author, Jill Eileen Smith, did add her own details to this story, to make it real. This really is Biblical fiction. No, we don’t really know if this is what Hannah was like. But it does give a bit more ideas, something we can add to our mental picture of Hannah. Something to help us understand her just a bit more. This author has written numerous other books about ladies from the Bible, and I look forward to reading them, too!
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