Monday, February 25, 2019

When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams By Jill Eileen Smith

Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we'd never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side--even when he feels far away.

Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like

- Eve
- Noah's wife
- Sarai
- Hagar
- Lot's wife
- Rebekah
- Rachel
- and more

Readers will learn from what these ancient women did right--and even what they did wrong--when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they'll come away with the confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be.

Pick up your copy here...

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, The Loves of King Solomon, and Daughters of the Promised Land. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

My Thoughts...

These topics are all great for a small group and to help  in the small group you  have Ponder This at the end of each chapter and Taking it Further ,discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Here are the topics in the book:
• Eve: From Regret to Freedom
• Noah’s Wife: From Chaos to Hope
• Sarai: From Duplicity to Trust
• Hagar: from Invisible to Noticed
• Lot’s Wife: From Clinging to Releasing
• Rebekah: From Controlling to Trusting
• Rachel: From Wounded to Forgiving
• Leah: From Risk to Faith
• Dinah: From Loss to Acceptance
• Potiphar’s Wife: From Rejection to Denial
• Tamar: From Broken Promises to Restoration
• Zipporah: From Fighting to Freedom

 Hope for today from 12 Women from the Bible.

This is a book all the church ladies can learn from.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. This one is coming up in my TBR pile.....I may have to pass it on to my church as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great small group study this would be.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Bring on the fiction.

  4. I will give this one a try, I could learn a lot about the women in the Bible.

  5. I've enjoyed Jill's Biblical fiction books and I'm sure I'd love her first non-fiction.

  6. Mary, I have added this one to my list, I love the topics.

  7. Reading about the women of the bible has become one of my favorite genres! I can't wait to read this.