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Redeeming Love Publisher: Multnomah Books Paperback – 2005
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The main character is a young woman who was the illegitimate child of a father who wanted her aborted. Her mother's obsession with her married lover robs her daughter of the early nurturing and security she needs to develop emotionally. At eight years of age, the little girl is abandoned to a pedophile who trains her to be a prostitute in a mining town in the mid 1800's.
A young farmer falls in love with her at first sight and pledges to win her love and make her his wife. The greatest weakness of the novel is this unexplained "love" that drives the farmer to pursue her and forgive her betrayals. The reader has to suspend disbelief and just accept that some noble, God-directed agenda is at work here. Once the reader accepts that premise, the book improves immensely. The characters have complicated relationships with each other all involving the difference between love of self, others, and God and the role of forgiveness in maintaining each loving relationship.
The epilogue is a bit "preachy" and unnecessary. The book is worth the read if you can suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy the perceptive characterizations that follow.
The story is about a farmer named Michael Hosea who is led by God to marry Angel who's a prostitute. Michael's faith in his decision to follow God's will is met with resistance from Angel. She's unable to grasp the depth of Michael's boundless love for her as she continues to wallow in the shame and guilt of her previous lifestyle.
There are no easy roads taken during our journey through Michael and Angel's struggles. We read of all the painful mistakes that are made and all of the lessens that are learned.
While Redeeming Love is written with a spiritual theme, it doesn't come across as preachy. Instead, it magnifies our human need for love and acceptance and demonstrates the power of forgiveness. It was heart wrenching at times, I shed several tears, but most of all it was wonderfully glorious.
A beautiful and timeless 5 star read.
I read the prologue and hated it. I really didn't think I could continue. The child abuse, though not graphic, upset me. It took me a week to get to chapter one because I avoided reading it.
Then I started chapter one and everything changed. It was a beautiful story, beautifully written. I read the book in four days. I couldn't put it down. It is a combination of God's truth and love and a very engrossing love story. I didn't know such a book existed! I have been recommending it to everyone I know... Christian, agnostic, atheist... I don't even know you, but I think you will love it!