Daughters of the Promised Land
SUMMARY: Can 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 devotions 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.
REVIEW: Since Hannah has always been a favorite bible heroine of mine, I was excited to get Jill Eileen Smith's latest novel. As I turned the pages, I was taken back to the time after the judges when the priests were corrupt and hope seems lost and God distant. My heart cried with Hannah's struggles of infertility, disappointing her husband, and listening to the taunts of first her in-laws then her sister-wife. While she puts on a happy face for the world, I could feel Hannah's struggles and the pain of her barrenness. I like how the author expresses Hannah's turmoil, Peninnah's bitterness and Elkanah's struggle. She also does a wonderful job showing how the corruption of the priests affects the nation of Israel and the people. It was interesting to see how Hannah might have dealt with Samuel's birth and then giving him back to God with all the impropriety and turmoil at the tabernacle. The strength she had and the trust in Yahweh was awe-inspiring!! One of the most surprising, and enjoyable, parts was the end.
As usual, Jill Eileen Smith does an excellent job. If you like biblical fiction, you will love Hannah's story. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
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 of 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.