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Powerful on Many Levels | Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

by Francine Rivers
Published: 1997
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: WaterBrook Multnomah


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 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 no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does … the One who will never let her go.

A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

(Source: Redeeming Love)

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My Thoughts:

Francine Rivers is a prolific and powerful writer. I have read several of her books, but none touched me like the story held between the covers of Redeeming Love.

Not only is Redeeming Love based on one of the most powerful stories in the Bible, the marriage of Hosea to Gomer, a prostitute, but Rivers has developed characters rich in courage, strength and humanity. The dialogue and scenes are lush with the history of the California gold rush and the families who followed their men into this strange and often unforgiving desire to strike it rich.

Central to the story is a five-year old girl, Sarah, later called Angel, sold into child prostitution and used body and soul for the needs of ugly and brutal men. It isn’t surprising that she grows hard and bitter. And it isn’t surprising that she doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “love.”

Enter Michael Hosea. A man of God. A man who realizes that God has called him to marry Angel, but the battle is in convincing Angel. The stumbling blocks she presents to God’s plan in Michael’s life are treacherous and often mean-spirited, but his patience never seems to wear thin.

Others work against Michael’s attempt to finish the work God has placed in his hands, and still others can see the peaks and valleys Michael and Angel walk through are making a difference for both.

I’ll stop here because I want you to enjoy Redeeming Love as much as I did. A lengthy book at 461 pages, the story will grasp your heart and you will read until you know the outcome.

Congratulations to Francine Rivers on writing a spectacular book!

My Recommendation: 

Redeeming Love is for fans of Christian fiction and romance. Although rich in its story line based as it is on Hosea’s story, there are scenes which might be unsuitable for young teenage girls. I would suggest a parent reading it first.

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You can read an excerpt and view the book trailer here.

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Meet the Author: 

Francine Rivers Copyright Elaina Burdo

Francine Rivers
Copyright Elaina Burdo

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 awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, 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 re-released 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 a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.

Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life. For more information visit Francine’s website, http://www.FrancineRivers.com.

(Source: Redeeming Love)

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I received a copy of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Cindy Woodsmall’s New Book, The Winnowing Season, Makes The New York Times Best-Seller List

Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author of many works of fiction and non-fiction book Plain Wisdom whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline, in the Wall Street Journal, and throughout other Christian and general news outlets.

winnowing seasonCurrently, her second book in The Amish Vines and Orchards Series and most recent release, The Winnowing Seasonhit The New York Times Best-Seller List.  Many of her other books have also appeared on the newspaper’s Best-Seller List.

Cindy’s background of friendships with Old Order Amish families, both as a child and teenager and then in her adult life, give the insight into the Amish faith and traditions to write authentic works based in the Amish world.

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler and her friend and business partner, Samuel King are leaving their community to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Main.  Rhoda is shocked to learn that  Samuel has made decisions that put her and her unusual gifts in the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is angry with Samuel and worries that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.

Jacob King will not allow opinions of the community to affect him. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But Jacob has secrets and when they surface, can he take care of them before they destroy what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret too—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, although it may alienate those close to him. He throws himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard and turns to a surprising new ally.

Here’s a trailer for The Winnowing Season:

and here you can read the first chapter:

The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall (Sneak Peek) by WaterBrook Multnomah

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