Emily's Hope


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Author: Gable, Ellen

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This novel tells the intertwining stories of the lives of Emily Greer and her great-grandmother Katherine. Well-written and hard to put down, those who have struggled with the Church's teaching on chastity, particularly NFP, will find much to relate to in this novel. While the book is definitely about NFP, it is also about much, much more. It is about the love of husbands and wives, the love of parents for their children, and the agonizing moral choices we sometimes face. It is also about real people—not perfect people but ones who are trying—and about being witnesses to a culture of life in a world shadowed by the culture of death. Emily's Hope won an Honorable Mention Award in Religious Fiction.
 

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Author: Kristie Wellman     Date added: 06/30/2008, 04:31 PM    
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When I heard that there was a new novel out that promoted Natural Family Planning, I wasn't very excited. Even enthusiastic comments about how great Emily's Hope was left me skeptical. Theoretically I thought it was wonderful that someone had written fiction that dealt with NFP since most of us pick up a novel more readily than the best nonfiction. But I thought such a book would only be great if it were well-written (which I was pretty sure it wouldn't be) and not preachy or cheesy (which I was pretty sure it would be)...so I set my copy of Emily's Hope on a a corner of my desk and let it be buried. Talk about preconceived notions! Thankfully, I eventually cleaned my desk off, picked up Ellen Gable's novel, and began reading...and couldn't put it down! In her first novel, wife and mother of five, Ellen Gable, writes the story of the two intertwining lives of Emily Greer and her great-grandmother Katharine. Emily's journey, thanks in large part to the man who loves her, is one of discovering the beauty of God's plan for our sexuality, while Katharine's is very different. While the book is definitely about NFP, it is also about much, much more. It is about the love of husbands and wives, the love of parents for their children, and the agonizing moral choices we sometimes face. It is also about real people—not perfect people but ones who are trying to do God's will—and about being witnesses to a culture of life in a world overshadowed by the culture of death. Many women, I think and hope, will find Emily easy to relate to, especially if they have ever struggled with the Church's teaching on chastity. I think this is because in Emily's Hope, Ellen Gable (who is a Couple to Couple League teacher in Canada with her husband James Hrkach and has written many articles under her married name) is writing her own semi-autobiography. At times this made me uncomfortable as I wondered how much of a real family's story I was reading, but I think this is also what made the story so believable. I hope that many people will find in Emily's Hope inspiration to keep living the Church's teaching on chastity, love, marriage, and procreation. I also hope that they will find, by passing this book on to friends, an opportunity to share the beauty and power of this teaching in a new way. Finally, I hope that they will find, like I did, a really enjoyable and engaging novel and enough time to curl up on a couch and read it!