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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Series: Hannah's Heart
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.
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 Jakes calm assurance that God wants them to stay in Montana, Hannah isnt 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 doesnt always agree with Jakes 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 doesnt always understand why he is asking her to do something. She is always faithful to encourage him when theyre going through hard circumstances, a great example for wives who may read Hannahs 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 Jakes 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
JoolsQueensland, AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Minor spoilers... read later if you need to!!August 1, 2013JoolsQueensland, AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Firstly, 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.
cindyPAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5entertainingMay 8, 2012cindyPAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another 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.
Pam Feig5 Stars Out Of 5This product is very good.February 25, 2011Pam FeigQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of the best books I have read for a while. Love Jerry Eicher's books. Love Amish books all the way around.
Diane A. Brown - The Reader's Cove4 Stars Out Of 5September 14, 2010Diane A. Brown - The Reader's Cove4 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.
Martha Artyomenko3 Stars Out Of 5September 8, 2010Martha ArtyomenkoThis 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.