#47 Redeeming Love

In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God’s unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this “soiled dove,” he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life. Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story, a talent that has propelled her into the spotlight as one of the most popular novelists in the genre of Christian fiction. This is one of her best. –Cindy Crosby <source: Amazon.com>

My mother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas last year (2009) and it’s been sitting on my nightstand forever. I heard so much wonderful things about it and I really wanted to read it but somehow I was saving it for the right moment and that right moment was this Christmas. It was a perfect reminder of God’s love in perfect time of the year. Needless to say, I LOVED IT!

I cried, I laughed and I thanked God for His redeeming love for my and my life while reading this book. I think anybody can relate to Angel and I felt like I was reading the story of my journey back home to my Father. A++++

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