When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible

When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible

by Jill Eileen Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780800728670
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 151,565
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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 www.jilleileensmith.com.

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When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
booklovingmomof5 28 days ago
I have loved and learned from every work Jill Eileen Smith has written, but When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible is one of those books I can sincerely recommend to every woman. In it, Smith shares the background and struggles of a dozen women from the Bible’s Old Testament: Eve, Adah (Noah’s wife), Sarai, Hagar, Melah (Lot’s wife), Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Aneksi (Potiphar’s wife), Tamar, and Zipporah. She tells each woman’s story from what we might imagine would have been her own unique perspective. Like us, all these women were imperfect and faced situations they never expected. But God loved them through all their challenges, just as he loves each of us and is shaping us through our trials. I was impressed with how well Smith connected these historical women and their stories to modern times. In doing so, she prompted me to reflect on my own life situations and reminded me that God is with me through all my ups and downs, even on my darkest days. As it is in each of Smith’s books, the extensive research she did in putting this manuscript together is readily evident. Each reader will likely have a different take-away from the book, depending upon her unique life experiences and trials. However, I believe that, like me, nearly every reader will find comfort in knowing she is not alone in her struggles and will be encouraged in spiritual growth. I highly recommend this book for personal reading or for use in a small-group study. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I’ve expressed are entirely my own.
JudyinHuntsvilleAL 4 days ago
This is such an interesting book that take us into the imagined background of several different women of the Bible. I enjoyed imagining how Noah's wife may have felt as he was following God's direction, as well as many others throughout scripture. Jill Eileen Smith brings these characters to life and makes them easy to relate to as we also learned how to apply some of these characteristics to our own lives.
Anonymous 4 days ago
I received a copy of WHEN LIFE DOESN’T MATCH YOUR DREAMS: HOPE FOR TODAY FROM 12 WOMEN OF THE BIBLE by Jill Eileen Smith from Revell in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book, in particular the women that it touched upon. Over the last few years, my mother and I have been studying women of the Bible, so it was great to see these women talked about. Each part starts with “If I were…” You jump right into the woman’s head. I LOVED it. What a great storytelling tool. These openings really put you into her mind. You feel what she felt. You see what she saw. Excellent writing. This read more like historical fiction, another aspect I loved. It was easy to get through and the parts are short. They’re perfect for reading on your lunch break or right before bed. This book comes highly recommended!
Nanna51 6 days ago
This is an amazing book that mixes fiction with Biblical truth. Jill Eileen Smith is noted for her fiction books about Old Testament women. In her latest book, she combines the stories that she imagines twelve women in the Bible lived and applies the lessons that they learned to our lives. I was particularly impressed with how real these twelve women became to me; the author indeed quickened their spirits to me as she wrote about the choices that they faced and their dreams that they had lost. The theme of the book is one of redemption and hope, knowing that we can trust our God to either fulfill our dreams or give us a better one. In her foray into non-fiction, the author has combined what she does best with true research from the Bible and produced a book that can be an inspiration to everyone looking for answers for a life that isn’t what you expected. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Nanna51 6 days ago
This is an amazing book that mixes fiction with Biblical truth. Jill Eileen Smith is noted for her fiction books about Old Testament women. In her latest book, she combines the stories that she imagines twelve women in the Bible lived and applies the lessons that they learned to our lives. I was particularly impressed with how real these twelve women became to me; the author indeed quickened their spirits to me as she wrote about the choices that they faced and their dreams that they had lost. The theme of the book is one of redemption and hope, knowing that we can trust our God to either fulfill our dreams or give us a better one. In her foray into non-fiction, the author has combined what she does best with true research from the Bible and produced a book that can be an inspiration to everyone looking for answers for a life that isn’t what you expected. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
MollyzReviewz 12 days ago
I don’t often review non-fiction books. It’s just not something I like to do. I’m a fiction gal. I love reading a book where I can lost and escape reality for a few hours a day. But, when I have a favorite author, such as Jill Eileen Smith, I will give even a non-fiction book a try. And, I was actually rather excited to read this one, because let me tell you. My life, definitely does not match my dreams. Sure, I have a wonderful husband and two amazing children and a loving father and two gorgeous sisters. But, my health is not great, and my dreams? I dream so much more than this. I fell like I’ll be like this forever and never accomplish anything. Smith has done a wonderful job with this book. It brings us the stories of 12 women of the Bible and how they dreamed for so much more, but it didn’t match up to what God had in store for them. You see, He is the creator of us all and He is the one that can see our future, know our plans, know what our lives will be like. And, through the tender words that Smith uses, along with the 12 women and phenomenal research she incorporated into the book, we see how life can be when we are disappointed that our dreams are following into line with our life. Through this devotional, I was able to better understand my own life. I know what I want, I know what I wish I had, I know that I’m going to be disappointed because I’m not fully relying on God to help me with that. If I trust in Him, if I seek out his love and guidance, I won’t be so disappointed when a hope or dream falls short. Smith has once again used her incredible talent to hook me on a book. Her research is exquisite and her writing is filled with emotion and raw feelings. This is a 5 star devotional book I would recommend to all the women out there. Get lost among the pages, see how these 12 women made mistakes, made choices that effect them and their families and see what God had in store for them. You may find the same hope and encouragement I did. Definitely a book for the keeper shelf and one I’ll share with my family and friends! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
summer_no9 13 days ago
This book had an incredible writing and compelling to read with that also had an interest story of great women from the Old Testament for all of us to lean from their journey and their life by that time didn’t always see their dreams come true. They story may have lived for long time before us, but the truth is human heart is never change by the passage time in any situation but if we have faith in God follow and believe in his plan and his promises it will let’s us see the light even in the a very deep dark place. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this review”.
Virginiaw 14 days ago
This is a nonfiction book that reads somewhat like a fiction book. I really enjoyed reading about the women of the Bible and what they might have thought when stuff was happening to them. This is very inspirational. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Beverly_Snyder 14 days ago
Jill Eileen Smith has been one of my favorite authors since 2009 when I discovered her first novel about the wives of King David. Through research and insightful imagination, she has crafted stories that make each bible character become more real. She has now combined her skillful storytelling with personal vulnerability in the nonfiction book, When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible.” I love it. Twelve women. Twelve chapters. Issues we all face. In each chapter Smith begins as if she was the woman from the Bible. Some have familiar names like Eve and Rachel, but others, like Zipporah, are harder to place. And others are not named in the Bible at all. Nevertheless, her superb storytelling allows us to see inside them and understand their wounds and brokenness – and ours – and get to the heart of the issue. Then she addresses the issue in today’s world – and in her world. In every situation she helps us find hope and help and strength in God. The verses to ponder and probing questions at the end of each chapter make this an excellent book for personal growth or for sharing with friends or a book group.
irishniff 16 days ago
I enjoyed the fictional depictions of these 12 Old Testament women. Some of the women are very familiar like Eve and Abraham’s wife Sara, others are not as well known, which I found interesting. The lives of these women have lessons to be learned for women today, which is why Jill Eileen Smith includes contemporary examples and reflections of her own. She also includes questions at the end of each chapter for personal use or to facilitate discussions within a group. Overall, I think that this book has some good starting points for discussion and certainly offers ideas for women today. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are mine.
Anonymous 17 days ago
I am a huge fan of fictional novels by Jill Eileen Smith so I was very happy to have the opportunity to read her first nonfiction book. She bases each chapter on one certain woman from the Bible such as Eve, Noah’s wife and Zipporah. The chapters all start out as if you are looking in on each woman’s life and thoughts. Her life’s trials are then applied to the way things are today. The author has a very unique way of getting you to think about how it applies to your own life. She even dives into her own trials with glimpses of ways they apply to her personally. I felt this book required a great deal of research and personal reflection on the author’s part. It would be great for Bible study groups. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. I prefer fiction over nonfiction , but this book is well done and I would recommend it. Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
LoriP123 18 days ago
When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible by Jill Eileen Smith is her first nonfiction book and I hope not her last. We've all been there, living life the best way we know how and no matter what in any given situation our life just doesn't match our dreams. In this book Jill gives us biblical examples of women going about their daily lives as best as they can responding to situations the right way and the wrong way and trying their best to just hold on. After reading their stories you can have confidence that God loves you and the trials that you go through are developing you into the woman God wants you to be. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
PrincessGlor 18 days ago
This was an extremely intriguing read! This is my first read by Jill but it will not be my last. Drawing parallels between several of the Old Testasment women and our problems of today, I found this to be a quick and easy read with a lot of truth and good perspectives on dealing with the hard stuff of life. This book definitely makes me think about the trials these women faced and how they might have felt during and after them and how that translates to things I face today. The chapter on Hagar I think resonated with me the most as I struggle with loneliness. All of the chapters were excellent at breaking things down and made for a great read. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I just finished reading Jill's latest Book " When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams"and must say that I thought it was an excellent read. It is based on twelve woman from the Bible. Some of which include Eve, Noah's Wife, Sarai, Lots Wife, Rebekah and Rachel. Some we know more about than others, but all of great importance, if mentioned in the Bible. We often, try to understand how these women might have felt during their their lives, but have little to no imagination to comprehend, which is why Jill's take often brings life to these Biblical Scriptures and women and helps us to understand that these woman were real, not simply , just another character in a book. This Book looks at the some of the decisions each of these woman possibly faced, some decisions harder than others and some made out of raw emotion and how those decisions may have effected the remainder of their lives. IE: How did Eve feel after she convinced Adam to eat the apple? Did she feel Remorse? Regret? Anger? I believe any woman can read this book and relate to at least one of the 12 woman written in this book. I found Jill's raw honesty about her own struggles in life touching and her Points to Ponder Sections, with well intent, thought provoking. It made me take a deeper look into recognizing certain things about myself. I'm hoping that by bringing other readers to the same place that she brought me, that we can all help each other with each of our own brokenness thru kindness and knowing that we have a God who truly loves each and everyone of us. If we think we have made mistakes along the way, which we clearly have, also know that even woman in the Bible who proceeded before us did also, yet God Loved them and continues to love each of us. Thank You, Yet again Jill for a wonderful book, I look forward to your next one. Memo: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, however these opinions are strictly my own.
Librarycataloger 20 days ago
Jill Eileen Smith is usually associated with writing wonderful Christian fiction and now I can say that she also writes wonderful non-fiction. When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams is a book about twelve real women who didn't have their dreams come true. These twelve Old Testament women were probably like many of us who once thought that our lives would be one way and then watched them as they became entirely different. It is through the stories of these Biblical women that we can recognize that our troubles can defeat us or they can make us stronger; we can continue to struggle by ourselves or we can turn it over to God and let him fight for us! Many of the women's names are familiar: Eve, Sarai (Sarah), Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Dinah and Leah. And then there is Noah's wife. Her name is never mentioned in Genesis 7 but Smith has given her the name of Adah for the purpose of this book. Others mentioned are Melah (Lot's wife), Aneksi, Tamar, and Zipporah. They all faced different problems but they all persevered. This book has twelve chapters that offer a biblical account titled If I Were.... and there are also sections titled In Our World, Imagine with Me, Ponder this, and Taking it Further. These sections allow us to consider how we might have handled the same situations and they also offer understanding and encouragement. It is apparent that Jill Eileen Smith devoted many hours to studying Bible scripture and her efforts have helped me gain new knowledge of these women. When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams is very well-written and I think that this book would be a valuable resource for organized Bible Study classes. It truly does give "Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible". I received a complimentary copy of this book but I voluntarily chose to write this review.
Ruthchowdhury 20 days ago
In a chaotic world that can seem hopeless and overwhelming, Jill Eileen Smith rings something from which we can all benefit: hope, encouragement, and reminders of who God really is. In her first non-fiction book, Jill dives into the lives of several women in the Bible to whom we can relate. From Eve, to Noah’s wife, to Sarai & more, Jill helps us not only step into their worlds to feel what they felt, she then connects it to our current culture and how it applies to our lives today. At the end of each chapter, she has some thought-provoking questions as well as a “Ponder This” section, which I enjoyed. I highly recommend this book to women who need some encouragement, hope, joy, or peace in their lives. I was given a copy of this book by Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Christiane_Salts 21 days ago
Thought-provoking, compelling stories of intriguing women of the Bible Jill Eileen Smith talks to us as if in conversation, helping us to apply lessons learned from these real life women who lived in ancient times to our own lives. We are compelled to step into their shoes, drawing reflections and conclusions that may help us when we are tempted, regretful, inclined to lie or to be controlling, feeling ignored or rejected, etc. Through fictional scenes drawn from her extensive research, Ms. Smith paints a believable picture of each of the 12 women, some familiar, some rarely written about. In her "If I were…" and "Imagine with me" segments about each woman, the author digs deep into the motivations that drive each person portrayed, making them human so that even today we can grasp their dilemma. For example, in the story of Eve, we come to sense her tremendous guilt for having caused the Fall, her longing for a do-over, and how she never felt she measured up. The "In our world" segment of each chapter prompts self-reflection about the feelings and thoughts of the characters and relates their story to present-day issues. The high point of each study is when Ms. Smith helps us think about how we could "solve" the issues we face with the help of God's wisdom, freely given in the Bible through His Word for our lives. For example, in the story of Sarai, who was expected to lie for the safety of her husband, this section is called "From Duplicity to Trust." We are reminded of God's word again in the "Ponder This" part, and "Taking it further" provides questions for us as individuals, or for group discussions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading a compelling book written by a well-researched author. Jill Eileen Smith's vast knowledge of scripture is distilled into the pages of this book in the studies of these intriguing women of Genesis. The fact that Ms. Smith combines fictional accounts with non-fiction reflections makes this a very unique book. The book could be appealing to those who have never even done a Bible study, as the fiction aspect makes it very readable and relatable to our own lives. If you want to step into the shoes of some very intriguing women who actually lived, this is the book for you! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
SBMC 23 days ago
Review "He doesn't withhold the fulfillment of our dreams to hurt us. Sometimes He delays our dreams to teach us to trust Him. We trust Him by surrendering those dreams into His care." I don't read much non-fiction. I read the Bible, some commentaries on the Bible, and the occasional books that we read for our church group gatherings. When Jill Eileen Smith released a "non-fiction" Christian living book based on 12 women of the Bible, I wasn't sure about the book but knew that the author would have wonderful, fresh insight into what lessons we can learn from these Biblical women. So I dove in. Wow, am I glad I did. The book is incredibly well-written, with the author's trademark writing style that flows so easily, engages from the first sentence, and leaves the reader pondering and praying long after the last page is read. Each chapter begins with "If I Were ___" that puts the reader in first person narrative into the heart of each woman. Then the chapter transitions into "In Our World" to put the same issue the Biblical woman wrestled with into our current day. The imaginative Biblical scene again comes to life in the next section entitled "Imagine with Me" where the author takes the reader further down in the Biblical woman's life and then the chapter concludes with a lesson learned (such as "From Regret to Freedom" and "From Duplicity to Trust") and points to ponder, as well as questions to take the lesson further. The book spans such well-known women like Eve, Sarai, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah but also focuses on the lesser known or celebrated women like Adah (Noah's wife), Melah (Lot's wife), Dinah, Aneksi (Potiphar's wife), Tamar, and Zipporah. No matter how or why life has derailed for each of these women, it is clear that God has been there through it all and there is always hope in Him. This is a book that will have you running to the store to buy for your sisters and friends. This is a book that will stay on my bookshelf for many years to come so that my daughters, when they are of age, can read and glean from the heartbreaking lessons written on the pages. I was given a copy of the book by Revell (Baker Publishing Group) and was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Julie12 26 days ago
I have always loved the fiction books by Jill Eileen Smith so much. They are stories that stick with me and, as much as I read, this really says something about her writing. When I saw this non-fiction book by her, I knew I had to read it because the title spoke to something in my heart. As I was reading this, not only did the title speak to my heart but each and every word in this book did! Jill takes the lives of twelve women of the Bible and puts us in their shoes. I actually loved this concept of the book because it made me think about what these women were actually thinking and feeling as they went through the difficulties of their life. I think sometimes I forget that the people of the Bible had the same types of thoughts and feelings that I do in my own life. As we explore each woman, Jill then explores our own world and how we might feel and navigate through our own difficulties. I loved how she shares her own feelings about disappointments in life. It made me feel as though I'm not the only one feeling the same feelings. I really love how she ties the past with the present and reminds us how God cared for these women and how He cares for us now. My favorite part of this book was the questions at each chapter. These helped me to really hone in on my own thoughts about my life and what I really believe. They also helped me to strengthen my faith in God as I remembered all that He has done for me. I absolutely love this book! It's such a gentle reminder to not regret how our life turned out but to remember that God has been in control and cares about us. It was also a reminder to me that I'm not alone in any way in my life. This is a book that every woman should read! I give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Peanut977 27 days ago
This book tells the story of 12 women from the Bible. The author has written their stories, complete with thoughts and feelings that we can relate to. That are part of human nature. After telling their story, she goes into detail about why they likely felt the way she had portrayed them and shows that the problems we have today are the same as they were thousands of years ago. I loved how she brought the women to life, explaining their thoughts and feelings. In some cases, it made me realize that those women likely weren’t the “evil” people I had believed them to be. If we were put in their situation, would we react differently? In many cases, probably not. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous 27 days ago
I was recently given the opportunity to read this book prior to its release date free of charge. There was no pressure on me to give it a positive or negative review. But after reading the entire contents I will say this book is worth the purchase. Jill has a way of making these people come to life, of bringing their short biblical stories and adding to them without taking away from scripture, and then applying their stories to our every day lives, like no one I have ever read before.The Author takes 12 women from the bible and applies her imagination to their life stories, all of which have lives they never dreamed they would, and then applies that knowledge to our lives today helping us to learn from their lives. I love Christian Fiction, but whether you do or you don't I can guarantee you will love this Christian Fiction meets non fiction book.
sherril2291 27 days ago
When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams Jill Eileen Smith pens an excellent assortment of tales based on a deeper dive into what might have been the thoughts, feelings, and situations experienced by 12 beloved females who lived during Biblical times, creating a book that is fictional and solidly non-fiction at the same time. While many are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, how many of us have taken the time to ponder on how Eve must have felt after being deceived by the serpent, whose actions resulted in the introduction of sin for all time? How does one bounce back from that? Jill manifests what a “day in the life” may have looked and felt like for Eve, Adam (Noah’s wife), Sarai, Hagar, Rebekah and 7 other biblical favorites and how those thoughts, feelings and struggles were likely very similar to those women experience today; guilt, feeling abandoned, invisible, unloved, betrayed, empty. At the end of each vignette, Jill poses real-life questions for discussion and invites readers to reach beyond the words in this book to study The Bible for solutions to centuries-old, yet similar and relevant problems pertaining to the heart, relationships, and our world today. I received a complimentary copy of the book to review.
JLYoung 27 days ago
This book bridges the gap between women in the Bible and us in present day. It brings the Bible time women to life and brings their struggles into today. Women struggle with the same things throughout history. This book touches on many things that women today struggle with. We need this book. It doesn’t make excuses. It speaks into challenges and encourages the reader to look to Christ and the Bible for transformation. I received a copy of this book from the author as a member of the book launch team. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Leonas_Lines 28 days ago
Book Review of "When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams" by Jill Eileen Smith Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible "When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams" is a book every women can relate to in some way, as without a doubt most of us have encountered a similiar life situation that one of these 12 biblical women faced, because, as most of us will agree, life does not always go according to what we hope, plan or dream for. Yet, this book shows us that even though life often doesn't play out the way we thought it would, we can still keep hoping and dreaming, for everyday is a new day and a new chance, for our God is an Awesome God who can work ALL things together for good in our lives. Of the 12 Women in this book, some might be more familiar to you than others, but all of them were real women. Sometimes when reading the bible and its stories, we tend to forget it is about real people. It's stories about real people who lived real lives and went through real life experiences like we do, the only difference is that it was many years ago. Have you ever wondered when reading about Adam and Eve's story, what Eve might have been thinking and feeling? After all, she was the one who got enticed by the serpent and caused Adam to join her in eating the forbidden fruit. Ever wonder why she did that, or what was going on in her mind to cause her to do such a thing and how she felt about dealing with it all afterwards? And what about Noah's wife, ever wonder how she felt about the whole Ark building venture? The bible doesn't tell us much about her, but her in Jill's book we can imagine what she felt and thought about all that was going on in her life at that time and after the flood. And many others, like Lot's wife, why did she look back when she was warned not to? Or Potiphar's wife who seemingly had it all, yet risked everything to try to win Joseph? This book looks at women who faced abandonment, betrayal, lonliness, and wrong choices. Women who had to live with consequences of actions done by them in desperation, or done to them by others. Women who took risks and lost, or lived with regret, women who made the best of what they had and trusted God, women with problems just like you and me. This book imagines what these women might have thought and how they may have reacted and dealt with their circumstances and life choices. I believe it shows us that there is always hope for the future even though our life doesn't end up being the life we dreamed about, we can still have hope for the future, because we have God and He will help us if we ask Him to. I think this is a book that you will find yourself relating to in many ways, and one which you will want to read again and again. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, but I was not expected to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. Leona J. Atkinson
poodlelover 28 days ago
With her signature attention-to-detail and meticulous research, Author Jill Eileen Smith has chosen twelve women of the Old Testament to showcase their hopes and dreams for themselves and their families. Just as life always seems to throw a curve and we face setbacks, each of these twelve women face disappointments and learn how to trust God. Each chapter lists the scripture reference which is a useful resource. This book is an encouragement that ‘when life doesn’t match your dreams’ there is always hope. A great gift for a friend and for yourself! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.