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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Overview

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781493416615
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 187,466
File size: 9 MB

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.
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land, as well as the nonfiction book When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams. 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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
booklovingmomof5 More than 1 year 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.
Laundry_Whispers 3 months ago
You want to know why it has taken me over a week after release date to write this review (and months to post it)?  You want to know why I have a stack of 'read' books waiting to become 'reviewed' books?  And you know how hard that is for me to wait to write a review.  (Emotional reviewer remember!)  You want to know why I'm sitting here bleary eyed and tired at the Old Folks Home writing this review when I would rather be sleeping?  Because this is the intersection of where inspiration and motivation have merged together.  Heaven forbid that happen when I'm in my cozy bed at home!  Well, it might have but I was too busy not paying attention to inspiration or emotion to do the things. . . in this case review.  Because right now Life does not in any way match my dreams. . .mostly.  I'm running ragged at work (which I do love my job), trying to tightrope the balance of electric bills that exceed the rent (thank you extreme cold-naturedness), trying to budget impending vital car repairs, and the cherry on top. . . I am locked out of my Facebook.  I'm sure you are sitting there trying to reconcile that last one with all the rest.  It's about identity.  Someone saw fit to report my name, a name I have been known by for years - over a decade.  A name that has come to represent who I am.  A name I am introduced as to new people by mutual friends, a name that is truly a part of my every day life.  A name that Facebook is making me prove is mine - even though they ask for the name you are called in every day life.  Double standard much?  Much like some women who are highlighted in this book, I feel like my identity is in question, I feel like who I think I am is hanging in the balance, and life is definitely not as I imagined it right now. Jill has taken 12 Old Testament women, some we know well and other's she has given a name as they are never mentioned, and brought this struggles, their life to relevance in today's world.  I love how she sets up each 'chapter' (I personally see this book as a great benefit in a more devotional setting as well) opening with 'If I Were. . .' taking that woman's story and bringing life and relevance to it.  'In Our World' where Jill takes each woman's story, her life, and weaves it into relevance for today.   'Imagine with Me' where we once again return to Biblical times, what it might have been like, with the insight we've picked up for ourselves.  Each woman has a relevance for today and Jill does an amazing job of addressing these correlations with an emphasis on scripture.  'Ponder This' really ties it together before moving on to 'Taking it Further' which provides questions to truly motivate the reader (and studyer) forward into not only the scripture but into personal understanding and finding relevance in our ancient sisters. There is literally a story for every woman here.  Infidelity?  Gotcha covered.  Lies and manipulation by friends and/or family?  Yup, got that too.  Trusting God when it seems like he's gone off the deep end?  Yup, have you ever given a thought to poor Noah's wife?!?  Sexual assault?  Nothing too large for God to walk you through.  Sin is as old as time, wait we get to spend time with Eve too!  However, so it's God's love and his mercy.  God sees you when you can't seem to see yourself.  God calls for you when you are buried under insecurities or fear.  For every woman there is a friend.  For every situation there is a for-bearer, it may not be exact as well the world and technology
Belovedbrat 10 months ago
Title: When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible Author: Jill Eileen Smith Pages: 224 Genre: Non fiction Rating: 4 stars When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams is the first non-fiction book by Jill Eileen Smith. In which she looks at 12 women from the Old Testament to give Biblical examples of what happens and what you can do when life doesn’t match your dreams. The Lessons that one can learn from each these twelve women, what to do and what not to do. Whatever state of life you’re in as a woman, whatever age there is something in this book for you. There is some lesson that is just for you. Each woman who reads I feel will take away something different from the book. I myself is looking at a life that didn’t got the way I dreamed or planned but after reading When Life Doesn’t Match your dreams, I trust even more that it went the way God planned it even there were a few detours and tears along the way. Everything we go through in life good or bad works out for our good. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
sandralb 11 months ago
I have read several of this authors biblical fiction books about wives in the Bible. I enjoyed them and found I had a hard time putting them down. Most I read in one sitting. This new book When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams is similar to her prior works but it contains so much more. I had this on my TBR list for awhile, and yet things happened that I was unable to get to it. I love it when God gives you just what you need, when you need it. That is what happened with Jill's novel. We learn so much from some of the most well know females mentioned in the Bible. Yet there are others we have heard very little about but have great life lessons as well. I enjoy Jill's wonderful since of wonder and creation. She has a way of making a location or setting come to life. I found that to be true throughout this book. Each character has her own little novella. From there, Jill takes us back to modern day to relate those object lessons to things in our own life. This is where I learned so much and God spoke to me about some things in my life. I found myself highlighting several pages in each chapter. One of the first and very important things that I was reminded of comes form this quote of Jill's. “Fear simply makes us cling too tightly to what isn't ours in the first place. Everything we have comes as a gift from our loving God. We get to enjoy these things for a time, but they do not belong to us. I needed to let go.” One more great thought and I will stop because I could go on and on. “We have a loving Shepherd who wants to rescue us. He gives us the picture of the Father who waits for the prodigal to return or the shepherd who searched the sills and fields for the pit where his lamb has fallen (emphases mine.) He is the one who isn't satisfied with ninety—nine sheep. I would recommend this book to every women to read. I received a copy from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions in this review are my own.
bmrawlins 11 months ago
Words to savor. Jill Eileen Smith knows her Bible and shares digestible truths from her heart and the lives of women before us. Life is messy and broken, yet there are beautiful, redeemable moments as well if we open our hearts and hands to receive them from our Father. Looking at women throughout the Bible, we are reminded how to press into these moments to receive the fullest blessings of grace, mercy and forgiveness. I love the snippets of stories that remind me that these were real women who walked through the valleys of hardships and their truths span all generations. Our world and culture may look different, but the heart of a woman still beats with hopes and dreams. We could all use the reminder to keep our focus and trust in Him when life doesn't match those hopes and dreams. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I have always loved teachers, writers, pastors, and speakers that can add a good story to achieve their point. Jill Eileen Smith does this SO well. She takes 12 women that we know from the Bible and uses her research of women from the Old Testament to guide us through their hardships. She also explains how their experience through trials can apply to us. The 12 women are: Eve Sarai Hagar Lot's wife Rebekah Rachel Leah Tamar Zipporah Potiphar's wife Noah's wife Dinah I love this idea. I love this book. As women, we do not get a whole lot of insight into the thoughts and hearts of women in the Old Testament. Three of the women in the list aren't even named. Jill Eileen Smith's ability to dig into the heart and mind of these women in times of loneliness, betrayal, heartbreak, and strife give us a valuable perspective. I honestly believe that the work this author is doing is so important. Although the accounts that she shares on behalf of these women are fictional, they help us to better understand the inner conflicts that these women likely experienced. By taking us into their hearts and minds she will allow us to better appreciate and relate to these women in the Old Testament. We can then apply the things they experienced to our own lives with the assurance that even when our plan fails God is always in control. The only caution I would give to readers is to do your research. If you don't know these women in the Bible you may not get the full benefit of the chapter. Prior to reading each chapter I would recommend that readers take the time to read the scripture tied to it. By doing this you are better ensuring that you will understand and appreciate each chapter more. They are intended to fit "in between the lines" of Scripture by explaining the possible emotions and thoughts these women experienced. If you read this book with an open heart I truly believe that God can use these words to provide healing in situations you expected or wished would turn out differently. The book will assure you that you are not alone; there are women, even in biblical times, who have experienced similar struggles. Also, God can change all situations for his good even when we fail to realize it.
Moonpie72 12 months ago
Whether we admit it or not, we have all have an unconscious “script” written in our heads about how our lives will progress. This is more than dreams of setting goals; it is also a dream because we cannot know all the details of our future. When life takes a different course, we are shocked, hurt, and disheartened even if it is due to our own bad choices. Ms. Smith looks at 12 different women of the Old Testament whose lives did not follow their expectations and plans. She helps us see that these ladies weren’t just Bible characters but real flesh and blood women just like us. They had the same emotions and feelings as any woman. Each faced disappointments, difficulties and made mistakes just as we do. God wrote about them that we might learn from their examples good or bad. I was delighted that the author not only wrote about well-known women from the Scriptures but several you wouldn’t have thought of studying in this way; Adah (Noah’s wife), Melah (Lot’s wife) and Aneksi (Potiphar’s wife). All very interesting! If God included them in His Word, they are important too! The author does an amazing job of bringing each of these women to life. I was able to put myself in their place and time, seeing events from their perspective. The next part of the chapter is entitled “In Our World”. Here I was able to realize how what happened to a woman who lived 1000’s of years ago can be applied to my life today. I really liked this part. It helped me see that though time and customs may be different today, who we are as human beings never changes. “Imagine with me” returns to that particular woman seeing through her eyes the impact of her experience on the rest of her life. I found Ms. Smiths in sights on the lessons that can be learned very interesting. She went past the obvious and brought out things I would not have thought of. The questions at the end of the chapters really aided me in looking deeper at myself, thus gaining even more from the study. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Changed-by-Christ 12 months ago
This was my first introduction to Jill Eileen Smith’s writing, and what a wonderful introduction it was! When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams was written in such a relatable and open style that I felt as though I was sitting down to coffee with Jill and she was sharing her heart with me and telling me stories. Jill began each chapter by giving her own interpretation of the lives of 12 biblical women, weaving a short tale of them that was oh so very close to what we know to be true from the Bible. Then she went deeper into their lives, answering many searching questions about what they faced. What was going on with them? What struggles did they face? How did they respond to those struggles? Was God with them in the hardships and blessings? Was God sovereign even in those events? And are these problems that we face today as well? While answering those questions, she always pointed back to God. With every struggle she addressed in this book, the answer she gave was always God. Yes, God was sovereign in the life of Eve and even in our lives now. Yes, we do face many of the same struggles because we, too, fight with sin daily. No, they weren’t much different than we are. They are questions and struggles and questions that can really hit home for some people, and I believe that Jill deals with them with a masterful hand. As I said above, she always pointed back to God. In the end, she did not leave us believing that all hope was lost because humanity makes the same mistakes over and over. No, she pointed us back to our Hope. This is a book for all to read, the lessons learned through this are timeless. **I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for and honest review. All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.**
benhli38 12 months ago
If I could have titled this book it would be more along the lines of Hope for the 21st Century. Why do I say that? Since most of us live in this time and place to make the biggest and best impact in these early years of the twenty-first century, we can and should show our faith and hope in the person of Jesus Christ. I don't say that to minimize the work of Jill Eileen Smith at all. I just want to show how good of a job she does in writing this book. While most Christians should and ought to model our lives after that of Jesus Christ, we can and should look also to those who modeled faith into the future promise of Christ as well. These people include Esther, Sarai (Sarah, Abram's wife - later Abraham), Rebekah, and Rachel, as well as more women mentioned, too. Faith is as faith does. It means reaching out in obedience to what God calls us to do and take a chance on Him to prove Himself to us. I feel blessed to read this book by Eileen Smith and she has done a wonderful job with this book. So, it shouldn't be a surprise to say, "I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did." Grab yourself a copy of it, settle down and power through the two hundred and twenty-four pages of this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell to review this in an objective and fair review.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
Really, I'd give this book 3.5 stars, but I round up. Anyway, I have read some of Smith's fiction before (and it is very, very good), so I was intrigued about reading this nonfiction. It isn't what I expected, though, as each chapter begins with a creative fictional "what-if" piece. These are really well written, but at the same time, they take a bit away from the nonfiction, in my opinion. There is a lot of creative license here, and I found myself at times more interested in reading more of the fictional story than the nonfictional reflections. Smith did raise some viewpoints to ponder that I hadn't considered before, and this is great for reflection. Also, the questions at the end of each chapter would lend well to a book group, as well as just for personal reflection. I think this book is best read slowly, with time to ponder the message. Overall, this was a good read. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing an honest review, but all opinions are my own.
emiliec More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy from the publisher for a honest review) this book was kind of disappointing because it is labeled as a non fiction book but there is this thing called "If I was Adah or eve" I think you get the point so it makes you feel like your reading a fiction book.However there are nonfiction parts in this book and I did enjoy them.I have never read any books from this author before,at the end of each chapter you get things to ponder on,questions.If you like both nonfiction and fiction books I'm sure you'll like this book because like I said I feel like it is a fiction and nonfiction book.So if your interested make sure to go grab a copy from amazon or your local christian book store if they have it links down below.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS Jill Eileen Smith is a popular Biblical fiction author and her in-depth research into ancient times is obvious in When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams. She presents 12 women of the Bible, paralleling fictional accounts of their lives along with contemporary issues we may have faced or are facing now. Even though life doesn’t always live up to what we dreamed about, God is faithful. In the midst of life’s crazy twists and turns and sorrows and joys, it is God who we depend on, who we draw strength from, who is shaping us into the women he wants us to be. He never leaves us or forsakes us. At the end of each chapter there is a thought to ponder along with a few questions to get us thinking about what might be shaping our lives. Self-examination is a good thing and the questions are relevant and thought provoking. I didn’t expect When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams to be such weighty reading. It’s an interesting book that I had to consume in small doses. I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher. No review was required. No compensation was received. Psalm 62:1 “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.”
JudyinHuntsvilleAL More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.