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Redeeming Love Paperback – May 9, 2005
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Everytime Angel would run away from Michael's love, I would say, "you stupid, ungrateful woman!" But as I was reading, God reminded me of all the times when I myself would backslide from my faith, thinking that I could make it on my own without Him - and of how unconditional His love is (like Michael's) when I come to my senses and ask for His forgiveness. After I finished the novel, I couldn't help but thank God for His forgiving, faithful, redeeming love.
I definitely recommend this book. But don't read it like I did - Don't read it in one sitting until 5am when you need to be at work at 7am.!!
This was the first book of Francine Rivers' I had ever read. In fact, this was the first Christian book I had ever read. I do not like to think that I am the type to easily cry, especially during movies and books and such. But I wept throughout this read.
This is a nonfiction story based on the Biblical book of Hosea. Hosea was one of the Lord's prophets in the Old Testament. The Lord told Hosea to marry a prostitute, a woman named Gomer. God told Hosea to do this because Hosea's love for and marriage to Gomer would serve as a symbol of God's love for His bride, His people Israel. Gomer left Hosea multiple times; she even bore other men's children. But every time she left, Hosea went after her. Hosea's love and pursuit for Gomer still serve as a symbol of God's love for us today.
'Redeeming Love' takes place in the 1800's during California's gold rush. The Gomer character is a prostitute named Angel, and the Biblical Hosea character is a farmer named Michael Hosea. Angel is a hard woman with a heart of stone. She doesn't need any help; doesn't want any help. Hosea rescues her, but she doesn't want to be rescued. She tries to return to her old life. She tries repeatedly. Hosea goes after her. Again and again. But how does one go about softening another's heart? Only God can do that.
It is interesting how love breaks down all barriers. Even those we do not know exist within us.
I had no expectations when I initially borrowed this book from a friend. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have read this book and learn its' lessons. This book is now a lifelong favorite and should be an addition to your permanent library.Read more ›
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Heartbreaking, gut wrenching, unconditional love, forgiveness seven times seventy, true love, finding your way to God and all He has for you. Beautifully written. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by KH
One of the best books ever written. To be read at least once a year! What unconditional love is all about. Powerful story! Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Cathy C.
Couldn't put this book down. What a beautiful parallel to the bible story of Hosea. This is a must read!Published 1 day ago by Lindsay
A beautifully written heartwarming love story. This book is full of love, compassion, hope and promise.Published 1 day ago by Elllie J
Great read. I love Francine Rivers. I like it so much I read it again. My first time was several years ago, and I just remembered how good it was and read it a second time. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
AWESOME! I couldn't put it down. I read at every spare moment I had. What a blessing! What a testimony! What a witness!Published 2 days ago by Loretta Bradford