A Hope for Hannah, Hannah's Heart Series #2 (rpkgd)   -     By: Jerry Eicher
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Harvest House Publishers / 2010 / Paperback

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Just as Hannah Byler and her new husband, Jake settle into their new routine, where they relocated to a small Amish community near Montana's Cabinet Mountains, Jake loses his timber job and answers the call to ministry. With winter pressing in and money scarce, Jake and Hannah discover hardships can either drive them apart or draw them closer. Determined to find hope despite fearful conditions, they struggle to survive in this harsh land and bear their responsibilities with grace.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736930442
ISBN-13: 9780736930444
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hannah's Heart

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Publisher's Description

Growing more popular with each new novel (over 100,000 copies in combined sales), author Jerry Eicher continues the Hannah series with this intriguing glimpse into a young Amish couple's early marriage.

Hannah Byler is now married. She and Jake live in a small Amish community near Montana's Cabinet Mountains, and the rough log cabin is far from everything Hannah holds dear. Anxious about her new role as wife and soon-to-be mother, Hannah understands she must learn to control her anxious heart if her marriage is to survive.

Just as the young couple settles into their new routine, Jake loses his timber job and answers the call to ministry. With winter pressing in and money scarce, Jake and Hannah discover hardships can either drive them apart or draw them closer. Determined to find hope despite fearful conditions, they struggle to survive in this harsh land and bear their responsibilities with grace.

Author Bio

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

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In A Hope for Hannah by Jerry S. Eicher, Hannah Byler, a young Amish woman, must learn to trust God through the trials that she and her new husband Jake experience. After their recent move to Montana, Hannah and Jake face all kinds of trials: a grizzly bear snuffling around their house at night, Jake losing his job, and a harsh winter looming ahead. Hannah is afraid that they might not make it to spring.

Through all their trials, Jake and Hannah learn to rely on each other and on God. The spirituality of their relationship with each other definitely deepens throughout the story; Jake begins praying aloud with Hannah and talking more to her about spiritual matters. The first time he prays aloud at the dinner table is unforgettable for her, and for the reader.

Despite Jake’s calm assurance that God wants them to stay in Montana, Hannah isn’t so convinced. She desperately wants to move back to Indiana, where she grew up. Throughout this difficult time she sheds many tears and suffers much heartache. But she chooses to obey Colossians 3:18, where Paul says, “Wives submit to your husbands, as is fitting to the Lord.”

Although Hannah doesn’t always agree with Jake’s decisions, she always faithfully submits to them and obeys him. She is a loving wife who truly strives to please her husband, even if she doesn’t always understand why he is asking her to do something. She is always faithful to encourage him when they’re going through hard circumstances, a great example for wives who may read Hannah’s story.

Overall, A Hope for Hannah is a very interesting story about the lives of this young Amish couple. It moves rather slow in the beginning, but by the middle of the story Jake and Hannah are tangled in a web of circumstances so difficult that it seems they will never make it out; it compels one to keep reading to find out what will happen to them in the end. Hannah and Jake’s story would be a great epic for young women looking for Christian fiction about married life and the Amish faith. – Rachel E. Nolan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Queensland, Australia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Minor spoilers... read later if you need to!!
    August 1, 2013
    Jools
    Queensland, Australia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for A Hope for Hannah - eBook.
    Firstly, I enjoyed this book and an looking forward to the next one... however, I'm not sure I liked the character change in Hannah, she became a little whiny and depressed, even before the challenges she faced were mentioned. Her wanting to go home to her parents and their district is in contrast to her leaving their community in the first place.

    Also, her parents seemed to be totally different people, in this book they seemed to be more "English" in their relationship with each other than in A Dream for Hannah. It may just be me though!

    Again, I did enjoy this book and thought the challenges presenting themselves to Jake and Hannah were really well written.
  2. PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    entertaining
    May 8, 2012
    cindy
    PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Another series that once I got started, I couldn't put it down. Hope there is more to the series, as I would love to follow Hannah and Jake throughout their life long struggles and acheivements. Such a love only God could enrich. Thanks for the good reading.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    This product is very good.
    February 25, 2011
    Pam Feig
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the best books I have read for a while. Love Jerry Eicher's books. Love Amish books all the way around.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 14, 2010
    Diane A. Brown - The Reader's Cove
    4 StarsA Hope for Hannah By Jerry S. EicherHarvest House PublishersReviewed by Diane A. BrownSometimes, when dreams come true, they fall short of expiations.This second book is an improvement over the first in the series (A Dream for Hannah). The struggles of newly married and expectant parents Hannah and Jake Byler seem to multiply at every turn. With a cold Montana winter closing in, Hannah faces both physical and mental challenges that become over whelming.There is some deeper character development and the story line is more consistent. The descriptions were clear and believable. The dialogue seemed a bit wordy in places but in the long run, the necessary points were brought out. I felt the story had good teaching potential for the growing, impetuous young heart. The need for honesty, communication and trust between couples was emphasized as a vital ingredient for a successful marriage.When Hannahs world is crashing down around her the future looks bleak. Will things get worse before they get better? A good read for the growing young heart.
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 8, 2010
    Martha Artyomenko
    This was one of the most real Amish fiction books I have read. It made their lives more like real people, which they really are. The three stars are for lack of research on the area the story was set in, which is my local area and lack of reference that this story was fiction and things were not real. When you use real places, you have to at least address this.
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