Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 25, 2019

Hope for today from 12 ‘unlikely’ women of the Bible


dreams Known for her best-selling biblical fiction series, Jill Eileen Smith brings biblical women and characters to life in her fictionalized stories of 12 women of the Bible in “When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams”–Eve, Sarai, Hagar, Lot’s Wife, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Tamar, Zipporah, Potiphar’s Wife, Noah’s Wife and Dinah.  Each of these women led lives they wouldn’t have designed for themselves, but their lives bring lessons to those of us who have lived with disappointment of one type or another.

Because of Smith’s insight into the lives of women who didn’t live out their dreams, we can learn so many things from their stories.  Each new chapter brought a new favorite story–one I could find myself in.  Maybe not exactly–Lord, help me not to turn into a pillar of salt or chase after a servant in my husband’s employ–but I can relate to Lot’s wife when I want to hold on to something God tells me to release, or to Potiphar’s wife when I react to rejection in a way that brings out the worst in me instead of allowing myself to be accepted by God–the only One who matters.

The story of Rachel and Leah intrigued me the most.  I had never captured their story in my imagination until Smith told it in a new and creative way.  It really touched my heart.  These two stories are my favorite ones.

Are you struggling with dreams that never came to fruition?  Does your life not match what you had hoped for?  If the women in the Bible can teach us anything, it is how to deal with disappointment even if we are only learning from their mistakes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Jill Eileen Smith’s “When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams” Launch Team.  The opinions I have 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 Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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