I have been delving into some pretty good books lately. So far, and by far, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers has been my favorite. It tells of a story of a girl who never really knew what love was until she met God through a man named Michael Hosea.
Redeeming Love is loosely based on the Book of Hosea in the Bible. Hosea was a prophet from God who was told to marry a promiscuous woman named Gomer. With her, he had children, but throughout their marriage, Gomer remained unfaithful. When Gomer gets sold into slavery, Hosea buys her back and takes her back home with love. This correlates with God’s love for us. We stray away from Him but He brings us back to Him and loves us unconditionally no matter what we do. Hosea bought Gomer back just like God bought us through the life and death of Jesus.
A beautiful little girl named Sarah was a happy and carefree, but at the tender age of six her life makes a complete turn when she meets her biological father. Sarah overhears her father telling her mother that she was a mistake and that it was best if Sarah was never born at all. He abandons her and her mother. Deeply hurt, Sarah’s life was never the same.
A few years later, her mother, Mae, dies from an illness. With nowhere to go, she is placed in the hands of a cruel man named Duke. There, she was renamed “Angel” and forced into a life of prostitution.
After 10 year with Duke, Angel makes a run to San Francisco. The year- 1849. It was heyday for gold seekers and those who wanted to make a profit out of other’s luck. Angel goes to work at a brothel called Pair-a-Dice. Now at 18, she has blossomed into a gorgeous albeit cold woman.
Angel’s life takes another drastic turn where she meets Michael Hosea, a god-fearing man with a heart of gold. Michael goes into the brothel leaning on God’s intuition that he is to take Angel out of that horrendous place and make her his wife. Angel has none of it. After drastic circumstances and quite a long time, she becomes Michael’s wife.
Michael shows constant patience with his new wife. He teaches her how to clean, do chores, plow, cook, and most importantly, how to love. She catches on fast with all of the other tasks except love. Michael pours his heart out to Angel and he receives none of it back from her. After 10 years of prostitution and memories of her father and Duke, Angel’s heart has become scared from so many painful memories. She refuses to believe there is such a thing as caring for another unconditionally.
Angel tries to run away from Michael so she doesn’t have to love, but with God’s will, Michael brings her home. Michael leans on God and asks Him to give him the strength to forgive and the love that Angel needs.
Their love story is unlike any other. Angel expects nothing but betrayal from men and refuses to believe Michael’s good intention of loving every part of her- just like God loves every part of us. With God’s power, Angel’s life becomes filled with forgiveness, friendship, and love.
I absolutely adored Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. The plot never got slow and was so harmonious throughout the entirety. The characters seemed so real. As it is told through an omniscient third person point-of-view, the reader gets to discover Angel and Michael’s deepest thoughts and emotions. We learn why Angel keeps trying to run away from Love and why Michael keeps bringing her back home with patience and love.
If you are looking for a great fiction read (which is also Christian oriented) I highly recommend this book. It is a light read that makes you feel good when it is finished.
Questions for You
- Do you think it is easy to give/receive love?
- Do you have any good book recommendations?
- What are you planning to do this August?
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