Your purchase of this or any book through CatholicMom.com
helps to support this site. Click on the underlined book title
for more information. Thank You!
Hannah's Hope (Red Gloves)
by Karen Kingsbury
Warner Faith, October 2005
hardcover, 176 pages
Believing in and Creating Christmas Miracles
Book Review –
Hannah's Hope by Karen Kingsbury
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
During our annual Christmas break from school, the boys
and I typically take a lazy afternoon in pajamas and share a special
Christmas book. As they’ve grown older, we’ve evolved from picture books to
lovely inspirational novels. Our selection for this year will be
Hannah's Hope by the inspiringly prolific Karen Kingsbury.
Hannah's Hope (Warner Faith, October 2005,
hardcover, 176 pages) is the fourth installment in Kingsbury’s popular “Red
Gloves Series”. The series combines compelling stories of love, faith and
belief with real world opportunities for service to others.
Hannah's Hope is both an encouragement and a
page-turner. From multiple perspectives, the book tells the story of a trio
of family members separated and isolated both emotionally and physically.
Teenage Hannah appears at first glance to “have it all”. She is a busy,
intelligent, wealthy girl attending the best school and keeping up with an
active extracurricular life. As we come to know Hannah’s heart, however, we
recognize her acute loneliness, brought on by the fact that her parents live
halfway across the world due to their careers.
Hannah’s mother, Carol, hasn’t let being a mom slow
down her drive and ambition. She’s made the tough choices, even though this
has meant leaving her daughter to be raised by an unfeeling grandmother.
Carol daydreams about her eventual run for political office and hiring her
daughter as an intern – perhaps then they can have a close relationship.
Upon informing Hannah of an impending separation during Christmas, Carol
reveals a major surprise that will change the course of Hannah’s life.
Carol’s secret introduces us to a third character in
the book, Mike, and to his life as an officer and helicopter pilot in Iraq.
Separated from the only family he knows, Mike longs to be reunited with
someone special, and finds a true faith in God and the power of prayer along
Hannah's Hope offers an exciting plot line and a
few twists that will keep readers glued to the story. But the true value of
this lovely book is in its message of faith, family and belief. If we
believe that God ultimately loves and provides for us, we can turn to Him in
faith regardless of how insurmountable life’s problems and difficulties may
seem. He hears us, and in His own way responds to our prayers. Our
Christmas miracles may not be as dramatic as Hannah’s, but His love for us
makes great things possible for each and every one of us.
I am looking forward to sharing
Hannah's Hope with my family this season. The
“Red Gloves Projects” listed at the end of the book offer wonderful ideas
for reaching out to and supporting the men and women of our military, who
may be serving far away from loved ones this holiday season. Along with
praying for our own Christmas miracles, perhaps our family will have the
opportunity to create a few miracles for others in need or lonely this
Christmas. It is thanks to our belief in the greatest holiday miracle, the
birth of our savior Jesus Christ, that we celebrate this season. In Jesus’
name and with his example, sharing love and belief with others should be at
the top of our Christmas list this year.
For additional information on
Hannah's Hope visit
Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of
numerous web sites, including
http://www.christiancoloring.com, and an avid reader. Visit her at
CatholicMom.com Book Club
Additional Catholic Book Spotlights