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Emily's Hope [PDF / Epub] ★ Emily's Hope Author Ellen Gable – Thomashillier.co.uk Honorable Mention in Religious Fiction, IPPY Awards Compellinga real page turner Damon Owens Wholeheartedly recommend, Catholic Insight Magazine Emily s Hope is the gripping story of one young woman Honorable Mention in Religious Fiction,IPPY Awards Compellinga real page turner Damon Owens Wholeheartedly recommend, Catholic Insight Magazine Emily s Hope is the gripping story of one young woman s physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily s great grandmother s troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great grandmother are connected deeply than by ancestral ties alone Based on a true story.


10 thoughts on “Emily's Hope

  1. Krisi Keley Krisi Keley says:

    A beautifully moving story of the challenges and choices in life, Emily s Hope is a portrait of two women whose divergent paths lead them to very different concepts of womanhood, and yet which are, nonetheless, paths intrinsically intertwined.Emily Greer, an adolescent of the 1970 s, begins a project on genealogy for her high school English class that becomes a family mystery which will profoundly intersect with her own journey in life Although Catholic, the teenage Emily supports, if not fully A beautifully moving story of the challenges and choices in life, Emily s Hope is a portrait of two women whose divergent paths lead them to very different concepts of womanhood, and yet which are, nonetheless, paths intrinsically intertwined.Emily Greer, an adolescent of the 1970 s, begins a project on genealogy for her high school English class that becomes a family mystery which will profoundly intersect with her own journey in life Although Catholic, the teenage Emily supports, if not fully shares, many of the commonly held views of her generation regarding sex, marriage and procreation views which, seemingly, connect her to her independent minded and enigmatic great grandmother, Katherine But after meeting and falling in love with a devout young man she s introduced to by a pen pal in Canada, both her relationship to God and her understanding of the Church s teaching on marriage and family grow, as the couple s love grows from bloom to mature flower In contrast, Katherine s troubled life and relationships are seen to lead her further from emotional and spiritual fulfillment.In Emily s Hope, author Ellen Gable presents one of the most misunderstood, and sometimes even contentious, of Catholic teachings the life affirming and sacramental understanding of marriage and family that includes Natural Family Planning Yet rather than simply instruct the reader on these teachings, she compassionately weaves the ideas into a touching story of two very real, everyday women, who, one hundred years apart, struggle with difficulties and suffer losses similar to what all human beings face in every era Emily, who learns that cherishing sexuality as a participation in God s creative power is not a burden or sacrifice that smothers natural desires, but is instead an understanding that transforms the physical relationship into an image of divine love in the very act of respecting its fundamental purpose, discovers the joy and fulfillment her great grandmother never does in her attempt to free women, including herself, from the perceived shackles of womanhood Despite their very different paths, however, Emily never loses her sympathetic connection to Katherine, and when at last the mystery of her great grandmother s life is solved, it reveals the beauty of God s mysterious workings in Emily s own and shows how we are participants not only in His plan for our personal salvation, but also in His desire to offer it to all His children.A highly recommended novel, not only for those seeking to better understand Catholic teaching on marriage and family, but for any reader who enjoys inspiring and deeply spiritual historical fiction


  2. Virginia Lieto Virginia Lieto says:

    In Emily s Hope, by Ellen Gable, Gable gives us a glimpse into the two mindsets of the abortion pro life movements In this fictional tale, Gable introduces us to Katherine Clayman, circa early 20th century, when women did not have the right to an abortion, let alone the right to vote We learn of the illegality of ending a pregnancy and the lengths women would go to do just that Kathryn is a proponent of ending unwanted pregnancies and she doesn t believe in God Her philosophy was, we live o In Emily s Hope, by Ellen Gable, Gable gives us a glimpse into the two mindsets of the abortion pro life movements In this fictional tale, Gable introduces us to Katherine Clayman, circa early 20th century, when women did not have the right to an abortion, let alone the right to vote We learn of the illegality of ending a pregnancy and the lengths women would go to do just that Kathryn is a proponent of ending unwanted pregnancies and she doesn t believe in God Her philosophy was, we live our lives, then we die and that s the end of us p.304.Contrast that thought with that of Emily Greer, Katherine s Great Granddaughter, who believes in the sanctity of life Emily, born in 1959, sees life as a precious gift from God She believes in a God who is the giver of life seeing children as the fruit of self giving love between a husband and wife Katherine and Emily s viewpoints on life offer a stark contrast, worthy of the read Throughout the novel, Gable takes us back and forth between the generations and their viewpoints, decisions and actions, that they each take, as it pertains to having children.Gable does an excellent job at bringing forth the teachings of the Catholic Church into the content of the story She explains why the Church takes the stance it takes regarding abortion, natural family planning, the use of contraception and sexual relations reserved for spouses Gable masterfully weaves this teaching into the fabric of the story, without coming across as preachy After reading the story, you will walk away with a better understanding for why we should all respect life.I highly recommend this book for teens and young adults


  3. Tannia Tannia says:

    In her book, Emily s Hope, author Ellen Gable tells the story of Emily Greer and a hidden and disturbing family secret The book starts with Emily, married with children, riding in an ambulance to the hospital s emergency room due to some pregnancy complications In the middle of this turmoil, her husband, Jason, looks at her with profound and comforting eyes, sending a loud and clear message of love, which could only be heard and understood by them This preamble is indicative to the reader In her book, Emily s Hope, author Ellen Gable tells the story of Emily Greer and a hidden and disturbing family secret The book starts with Emily, married with children, riding in an ambulance to the hospital s emergency room due to some pregnancy complications In the middle of this turmoil, her husband, Jason, looks at her with profound and comforting eyes, sending a loud and clear message of love, which could only be heard and understood by them This preamble is indicative to the reader that Emily s Hope is not an ordinary book It is a story of unconditional love, despair, strong will, faith, and spiritual growth, as Emily struggles with her feelings of loss, fulfillment, and a life mission to make amends for a family sin with everlasting consequences.The book then goes back to Emily s high school years, when the story starts to unfold, as she decides to do a Family Tree research project for her English class Her aunt Sally gave her some old family photo albums and her great grandmother Katherine s old ledgers to help her with the research Little did Emily know that her great grandma s personal notes and the coding phrase BPO Midwife, frequently written in the ledgers, would reveal a shocking truth.Emily s search for answers leads her to discover how much she and her great grandmother had in common, as well as their differences in important matters, such as marriage, family, children, God, faith, and abortion.In the course of the story, Emily travels to Canada where she meets Jason, who turns out to be her soul mate and true love During their courtship and engagement Jason and Emily overcame their desire for pre marital sex Jason used this situation and explained to Emily his vision of sex, love, and marriage in regard to children He introduced Emily to the Natural Family Planning NFP method as a way to better plan their family without compromising their Catholic beliefs During the remainder of the story, the author, an advocate and practitioner of NFP herself, utilizes Emily s voice to tastefully explain this method to other characters and ultimately, to the reader I like the way the author narrates the story of the two main characters past, present, and future, as well as how she describes Emily s relationship with her great grandmother, Katherine, without losing sight of their uniqueness and commonality I believe many readers will be able to identify themselves with the situations, conflicts, and solutions presented in this book, as Emily puts together the pieces of the puzzle of her Family Tree without losing hope


  4. Jean Jean says:

    Emily s Hope is an engaging love story and a young Catholic woman s search for the truth as she travels the difficult journey from adolescence to adulthood in the late seventies through the present day It also depicts the story of another woman s journey, that of Emily s great grandmother, who appears to be the antithesis of Emily While Emily is an innocent, unselfish, religious young woman who seeks the truth in life and love, and discovers their real meaning via Pope John Paul II s Theology Emily s Hope is an engaging love story and a young Catholic woman s search for the truth as she travels the difficult journey from adolescence to adulthood in the late seventies through the present day It also depicts the story of another woman s journey, that of Emily s great grandmother, who appears to be the antithesis of Emily While Emily is an innocent, unselfish, religious young woman who seeks the truth in life and love, and discovers their real meaning via Pope John Paul II s Theology of the Body, her great grandmother, journeying through the early part of the 20th century to the 1960 s, abused as a child, raised without religion, married to a man she doesn t love, haphazardly enters into one affair after another, and embraces Margaret Sanger s philosophy The two stories are craft fully interwoven, creating a delightful suspense for the reader.The target audience for Emily s Hope is clearly the young adult, aged 16 30, though men and women of all ages would enjoy this compelling personal story which is written in a lucid, intimate style Young women will most certainly be drawn into the story by the romance and the lively escapades of adolescence and adulthood presented, and at the same time, will learn about the Catholic teachings regarding sexuality and marriage.What I found most interesting about this semi fictitious story based on the real life experiences of the author was the relationship that Emily shares with her boyfriend, who later becomes her husband A young, Catholic man at the peak of his sexual drive , strongly grounded in his faith, he convinces Emily, the older, and slightlyworldly woman, of the importance of chastity and abstinence He is an excellent model for male youth today someone for them to emulate in their struggles with chastity.There is so much to love about Emily s Hope the innocence of young love, the beautiful, miraculous, healing power of love, and the beauty of sacrificial married love and its life giving splendor The story is not a fantasy, but is a tender and sensitive portrayal of what makes love real and lasting


  5. Amanda Lauer Amanda Lauer says:

    I really enjoyed this book As a Catholic, it gave good insight on life and family planning issues Knowing that the book was based on two true stories, it held my interest from beginning to end.


  6. Meggie Daly Meggie Daly says:

    The author did a great job of weaving the story of Emily and her great grandmother through interspersed chapters which created a sense of anticipation and contrast for me Emily and her grandmother seemed very human with both their virtues and flaws although radically different in their life choices In a way, both women were radicals for their time periods The author created a believable description of life in the early 1900 s surrounding the great grandmother and female reproductive issues The author did a great job of weaving the story of Emily and her great grandmother through interspersed chapters which created a sense of anticipation and contrast for me Emily and her grandmother seemed very human with both their virtues and flaws although radically different in their life choices In a way, both women were radicals for their time periods The author created a believable description of life in the early 1900 s surrounding the great grandmother and female reproductive issues of the time The book is a painless way to learn a bit about JPII s Theology of the Body TOB balanced realistically with the challenges and rewards of putting TOB into practice in a marriage I did not anticipate the redemptive suffering interpretation at the end of the book which I loved


  7. Ruth Ruth says:

    After one of my periodic rantings either here or in a comment on someone else s blog about how I d love to read a Catholic version of what is marketed as Christian Fiction, someone recommended this book It arrived in the mail yesterday and, for the most part, I enjoyed reading it On the positive side, the author had a really good concept she told the stories of two women of different generations of the same family The modern woman was Emily and she was born in 1959, making her only three yea After one of my periodic rantings either here or in a comment on someone else s blog about how I d love to read a Catholic version of what is marketed as Christian Fiction, someone recommended this book It arrived in the mail yesterday and, for the most part, I enjoyed reading it On the positive side, the author had a really good concept she told the stories of two women of different generations of the same family The modern woman was Emily and she was born in 1959, making her only three years older than I am Her great grandmother, Katherine, was born in 1879 and died in 1961 As part of a high school project, Emily looks into family history and tries to learn about Katherine She doesn t learn all the details we do, but what she learns disturbs her In some ways the book is similar to Francine Rivers Scarlett Thread, but unfortunately, Gable is nowhere near the writer that Rivers is While Gable does a good job of bringing in detail about the 1970 s it almost seems to go overboard, like part of her reason for writing the story was to remind us that boys wore shoulder length hair feathered back from their face and that Shawn Cassidy was everyone s hearthrob It was a fun trip back for me since I remember that time, but I m not sure that detail was necessary or even helpful in telling the story While part of it was set in the 70 s, it really could have happened in any decade after that, but for all the style notes.In general, I found the writing style to be amature I m not sure exactly what I mean by that except to say that if you read my blog and read the blogs of professional writers, you don t have any trouble deciding which one of us writes for a living, and which one just plays around Emily s Hope didn t have bad grammar or obvious spelling errors but the sentence structure, word use and dialogue just weren t the product of a professional writer, IMO.Basically this novel follows the marriages and reproductive lives of Emily and Katherine Katherine is in a bad marriage, doesn t believe in God and is an early adopter of abortion and birth control Emily is from a Catholic family, though by the time she is in college, she is the only one who goes to mass, and she is not a fan of the Church s teachings on sexual morality While visiting a pen pal in Canada, she falls in love with Jason, who is three years younger than she is Jason is a devout, by the book Catholic While Emily is a virgin, she has engaged in a certain amount of sexual activity Jason insists they wait until marriage, and then, insists they use NFP rather than contraception They get married, use NFP, suffer some sorrows, are faithful to the Church and live happily ever after as the parents of a large homeschooled Catholic family If I had only read the first half of the book, I d review it as a good concept with mediocre writing at best and somewhat unrealistic characters While Emily and Jason have different ideas about sex when they meet, they resolve their differences with littleanguish than they would resolve a difference of opinion about which restaurant they should patronize tonite Katherine has little to make you like her Jason is just too good to be true However, in the second half of the book Gable pours on the NFP and Catholic information We listen to this young engaged couple discussing papal documents We hear Emily practically quoting Couple to Couple League material on NFP We learn about her spiritual director and listen to them talk about the Church s teachings on sexuality and childbearing In short, the book becomes very preachy in the second half If you are looking for a pleasant carrier for a treatise on Catholic sexual morality, this is the book for you If you are looking for a well written novel, unfortunately, this is not one


  8. Veronica Smallhorn Veronica Smallhorn says:

    What an inspiring read A truly beautiful story refreshing, uplifting and quite astonishing in its resemblance to the real life story of the author and her great grandmother I believe it would be difficult to persist in prejudices against Catholic teachings on marriage and sexuality once reading this novel The unfolding of Emily s life is a profound example of the joy that prevails in someone who embraces Christ s teachings, as well as fortitude and forbearance in the face of great sorrows.T What an inspiring read A truly beautiful story refreshing, uplifting and quite astonishing in its resemblance to the real life story of the author and her great grandmother I believe it would be difficult to persist in prejudices against Catholic teachings on marriage and sexuality once reading this novel The unfolding of Emily s life is a profound example of the joy that prevails in someone who embraces Christ s teachings, as well as fortitude and forbearance in the face of great sorrows.The story of Emily s great grandmother Kathryn woven into the novel and told around Emily s story is that of a woman who entirely lacks the joy in Emily s own life through rejection of all the good that Emily has embraced But even this is overcome through the hope that triumphs when prayer, faith and love break down the barriers of sin and even of time to bring Jesus healing and redemption There is much good the reader will take away with them after reading Emily s Hope


  9. Virginia Pillars Virginia Pillars says:

    I received this book through a Facebook giveaway I m grateful to the author for sharing this story It seemed fitting that I read it just before the day our country remembers the loss of infants due to miscarriage or early death So many women deal with this and it isn t discussed.At first, I had a hard time getting into the story Onthan one occasion I found myself a bit confused So, I liked the family tree chart at the beginning because I referred to itthan once This helped me k I received this book through a Facebook giveaway I m grateful to the author for sharing this story It seemed fitting that I read it just before the day our country remembers the loss of infants due to miscarriage or early death So many women deal with this and it isn t discussed.At first, I had a hard time getting into the story Onthan one occasion I found myself a bit confused So, I liked the family tree chart at the beginning because I referred to itthan once This helped me keep the characters in the proper place in their history.It was a great book to explain the Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning using a novel.At times I found myself wondering if the positive attitude expressed though the young couple was an attainable goal for many of the readers But I felt like it illuminated the way to try I disliked one of the main characters and was curious how the author would redeem her in my eyes The ending left me satisfied


  10. Mark Rolph cassanto Mark Rolph cassanto says:

    A challenging book Certainly not because I couldn t get in to it, but in regard to the clear message that comes through challenging those who may be sitting on the fence with their views on LIFE, FAMILY, and FIDELITY.As a father of seven young children and was a CCL certified teacher of NFP now Promoter , I am grateful for the character development that was so griping and true to life It will be an excellent read for my children when they re older and being prepared for not only the real wor A challenging book Certainly not because I couldn t get in to it, but in regard to the clear message that comes through challenging those who may be sitting on the fence with their views on LIFE, FAMILY, and FIDELITY.As a father of seven young children and was a CCL certified teacher of NFP now Promoter , I am grateful for the character development that was so griping and true to life It will be an excellent read for my children when they re older and being prepared for not only the real world , but in discerning what God would like them to do with their lives and how they will be learning to embrace all, not just some, of God s commandments to live a moral and upstanding life to the best of their ability.I highly recommend this book to any parent, and to any teenager


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