When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams

Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible

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Only God can heal our hearts

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 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 what we can learn about trusting God from women like Eve, Noah's wife, Sarai, Hagar, Lot's wife, Rebekah, Rachel, and more. You'll discover what these ancient women did right--and what they did wrong--when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And you'll come away with the confidence that God loves you and is forming you through your trials into the woman He longs for you to be.


"The women of Genesis are fascinating, yet the narratives are terse. Jill Eileen Smith imagines what may have happened between the lines, and it causes us to ponder. How did the fall affect Adam and Eve's marriage? Why did Lot's wife look back? You'll be both educated and entertained."--Dee Brestin, author of The Friendships of Women and He Calls You Beautiful

"Steady and strong. Relatable and real. . . . This book has incredible heart--a drumbeat of God's enduring love for those we call mothers and daughters, sisters and friends."--Kristy Cambron, bestselling author of the Hidden Masterpiece novels and the Verse Mapping Bible studies


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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"The women of Genesis are fascinating, yet the narratives are terse. Jill Eileen Smith imagines what may have happened between the lines, and it causes us to ponder. How did the fall affect Adam and Eve's marriage? And what could we learn from this so that our marriages are better? Why did Lot's wife look back after God's clear warning? And how could we learn from this so that instead of our hearts turning to stone, they turn to flesh? You'll be both educated and entertained by When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams."

Dee Brestin, author of The Friendships of Women and He Calls You Beautiful

"Steady. Strong. Relatable and real. In When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams, Jill Eileen Smith paints a portrait of the woman's heart with deep longings, thoughtful questions, and a gentle pen. Through the imagined lens of notable Old Testament women--imperfect heroines of the faith--we see a God-breathed story emerge, even from faults and failures, letdowns and pain. In the space between their stories and the concerns facing women in our world today, we find a bridge back to Him . . . and ourselves. This book has incredible heart--a drumbeat of God's enduring love for those we call mothers and daughters, sisters and friends."

Kristy Cambron, bestselling author of the Hidden Masterpiece novels and the Verse Mapping Bible studies


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    Jill Eileen Smith

    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 Heart of a King and the nonfiction book When Life...

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