About the Book
Book: Hannah Claire’s Wilderness
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Right after she marries in 1970, love carries Hannah Claire to Nigeria, following her husband David to the mission field—for only two years, she thinks. Miracle upon miracle brings five-year-old African orphan Adaolisa into the young wife’s life and she becomes a mother. Can the love for a child keep her where she doesn’t want to be? The children of wickedness threaten to make her a widow; they threaten everything, and danger abounds! Only by obedience can Hannah and her revivalist husband survive and prosper in a land torn by violence.
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Based on a noble calling, Hannah Claire’s Wilderness is the story of missionaries, Hannah and David. With a powerful opening scene, it grasps your attention and drops you into the midst of an emotional struggle to save the life of a child.
Both Hannah and David have gifts straight from the Almighty. I was surprised when I discovered that Hannah is only eighteen years old. With the strength she displayed in the opening scene, she originally seemed much older. Her youth became apparent later on in the book as she tended to throw temper tantrums anytime David went out to preach on the street. Her fear for David led to screaming, crying, and begging David to end their mission in Nigeria.
There were several redemptive qualities. Hannah was in a strange land, with strange people. She takes on a daughter and is trying to help David with his ministry. Anyone would struggle in the face of so much adversity. Hannah’s growth and perseverance created an excellent character arc that I had to appreciate. From young and rash to still young but much more willing to leave her troubles in God’s hands, Hannah Claire’s Wilderness is sure to teach a firm lesson in trust and faith.
About the Author
Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory which is what she lives to do. Her award-winning, best-selling novels enjoy a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings from Christian readers around the world. With forty titles, it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. She and high school sweetheart Ron celebrated fifty years of marriage June 22, 2018, and share four children and eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.
Guest Post from Caryl
Have you ever thought you heard from God, and acted on that in obedience—oft at great sacrifice—only to doubt that you heard Him at all when things don’t go as you’d planned? Actually, everything almost goes just the opposite, and your world is turned upside down.
Did you really hear Him?
That’s what my heroine Hannah Claire faces, when a two-year stint looks like it’s turning into a lifetime commitment. Though I’ve never been abroad to the mission field, I’ve faced much the same thing as Hannah, believing I heard Him and then nothing happening as expected!
Personally, I’ve been waiting over thirty years, but have found great peace in that waiting and trusting God—knowing that He is on the throne and in control. I will never doubt that the vision He’s given, the call He’s placed on mine and Ron’s lives WILL come to pass, just as it did for Abraham.
Hannah doesn’t have to wait that long, but her experience takes her to the depths of fear and depression before she comes to know her Heavenly Father is altogether trustworthy. The Shepherd walks her through the valley of the shadow of death and makes her to lie down in green pastures. He stills the raging waters and leads her beside them.
Book three, King David’s Tabernacle, coming sometime in 2020, will bring the reward and give you glory bumps every step of the way as God makes Himself known in a mighty way, but first . . . there’s the refining. Gold is passed through the fire seven times to be purified.
Silver as well, until the smith can see his reflection. Followers of Christ are all being made into the image of God’s Beloved Son, and we can rest in the fact that He who began that good work in us at salvation will be faithful to complete it until His coming again.
I pray you will enjoy your journey through Hannah Claire’s Wilderness.