Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Redeeming Love-book review

About the book:

Can God’s Love Save Anyone? 
California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.  Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go.  A life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love. Over 1 million copies sold!

The Author: Francine Rivers

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"New York Times" best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote "Redeeming Love" as her statement of faith.

 First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. 

Since "Redeeming Love," Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes--all best sellers--and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

 Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

My Opinion:

My sister in law, Connie is credited with getting me to read this wonderful book.  She went on and on about how fantastic it was.  I knew that I HAD to read it after the glowing review from Connie.  Once it arrived at my door step I couldn't put it down and it's a really thick book (482 pages)!  I'm a little ashamed to say that I let the laundry pile up and the housework go for several days, I was absorbed and couldn't wait to find out what happened to Angel/Sarah.  This is a must read if you love Christian fiction!  I've become a huge fan of Francine Rivers, her writing is amazing and just pulls the reader in like a tractor beam (my nerdy Star Trek side coming out).  I can't wait for the movie to come out, I'll be one of the first ones in line to see it!

If you'd like to read Chapter 1 of Redeeming Love click on the link

Thanks for reading,

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Hi Jennifer! I hope you guys are doing well! Miss you tons!

I read Redeeming Love about 10 years ago. I am not typically a big Christian fiction reader, but this is probably my favorite book of all time ... ever. Rick even read it. It is beautiful!!!


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