Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Can God's Love Save Anyone? Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea in a tale set against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel's life to draw her into the Savior's redeeming love.
Publisher: New York The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group /2009
ISBN: 9781601422880
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc

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Sarah1984
Aug 03, 2017

What a surprise this book was. I'm a pretty staunch atheist and have been since I was in my teens. I read the first two chapters of the bible when I was about ten simply because it was a 'popular' book and I was interested in finding out for myself what it was all about (I've always been determined to make up my own mind on a topic or book, even when I was a child). All I really remember now is that there were a lot of names that I was constantly getting mixed up and uses of the word 'begat' and even then I was confused how civilisation survived with only one man and one woman as the parents of everyone (are we just supposed to believe that incest was just a fact of life in 'those' days?). I'm more inclined to believe in aliens than an all-powerful being who watches over every single person on the Earth, claiming to love us all no matter what we do, but at the same time lets some people commit the most heinous crimes and lets others suffer through the most terrible things and their only rescue is eventual death. How could a God like the one described in this book allow children to be raped and murdered like happens everyday in every country throughout the world?

Anyway, I'm clearly not the target market, which is why I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had to make a few adjustments in my head while I was reading to make it more believable to me - the 'God' voice and the 'Devil' voice turned into the character's conscience because for me hearing voices is a sign of mental illness, not religious faith. I hadn't heard of the bible story that inspired this book, so didn't make the connection between the two (even after Michael related the original story to Angel/Sarah), but I don't think that impacted on my understanding of the story in any way.

I've shelved this as historical fiction, rather than the romance it's marketed as, because I just didn't feel like this was a romance in any sense of the word. There was no chemistry between Michael and Angel/Sarah, and there were no sex scenes. If I had been unable to see an interesting story through the God stuff, this might have ended up as a one star review, but fortunately I was able to just ignore the fact that this was meant to be romantic and enjoyed the story of a woman forced into prostitution and her journey to a better life. Till Paul received his HEA I was giving this four stars, but I just couldn't believe in Sarah's ability to forgive him so easily (another sign that I'm NOT a believer), I wanted some justice for the horrendous way he treated her because of his own failings. An apology on both sides (like she had anything to apologise for!) was not enough for me. The one thing I was disappointed not to see was Sarah and Michael adopting children. Instead of praying a whole lot and then finally becoming pregnant I thought them adopting children who needed a home would have been a much better message to end the book with. I would consider reading another book by Rivers, just not one of her more recent books as I wouldn't be interested in any further religious-themed books.

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ssaradd
Apr 14, 2017

This was definitely not my preferred type of book. I was very skeptical when I was recommended this. But the story was so beautiful and well written. I really enjoyed this book.

coloradobuck Feb 06, 2017

I hate historical books from the 1800 time period - BUT - I loved this book. It took me to new levels of understanding what forgiveness and love look like in action. One of my top 10 "life" books.

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r_e_g
Dec 12, 2016

I had high expectations of this book as it was on the top of many book lists and highly recommended by a friend. It did not disappoint. I don't think I have ever been so engrossed in a book from the very first page. It is certainly not a light read but is a book I will not soon forget. This is inspirational historical fiction at its best.

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hildesanders
Apr 28, 2016

The best book I've ever read. Francine Rivers raised my expectations of how a writer should make me feel. Her characters and plot satisfy your greatest expectations in a well writen story.

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DollyWannaCracker
Oct 09, 2015

Francine Rivers is genius author! I loved this book. It was throbbing, pulse- pounding, aching, endearing, and relieving. So many Christian novelists are antsie around the topics that Rivers so brutally brought to light.

Redeeming Love is a beautiful retelling of the book of Hosea. This book is great read alone, but it would be even better read with a friend.

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mimiswb1
Sep 25, 2015

My favorite book! An amazing story of hope and redemption.

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BeckReads4u
Jan 26, 2015

All time favourite book!!!!! Love all of Francine Rivers books but this one is the best. Every girl MUST read.

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JustRead
Jan 02, 2015

Very very good. A must read for everyone

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DanaIsai
Aug 05, 2014

The BEST book! I couldn't put it down! This along with the 'Mark of the Lions' series are my all time favorite books written by Francine Rivers! I highly recommend this book as well as the 'Mark of the Lions' series. Amazing books!

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