Redeeming Love Review

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In case you are wondering what in the world happened to that poor book in the picture - my dog got a hold of the book package before I could, and it sat out in the rain for who knows how long!  By the time I found it, it was a waterlogged mess.  The pages had swollen so much, it now looks like a phone book in thickness.  I tried to dry it out, but I must have missed a section, because there is mold growing on some of the pages!  Gross.  I'm pretty sure the book is a goner.  Sad, when you consider that I wrote this review in exchange for a book that I now have to throw away!

I requested Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers to review because so many different people have recommended it to me over the years.  I thought it was time I checked it out to see what it was all about.

If you haven't read it, Redeeming Love is a retelling of the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible - Hosea was a prophet, and God told him to take a prost.itute as his wife.  This story is about Michael Hosea, a farmer in California in the mid-1800's.  God tells him to take Angel, a prost.tute, for his wife.  The story is about Michael loving Angel and repeatedly taking her back, even when she leaves him.  Eventually he breaks through her hard shell, but she is still not complete.  The rest of the book is about God's pursuit of her, until she finally turns to Him.

The plot of this book probably wouldn't make much sense to the outside world.  Why would God ask an upright man to marry a prost.itute?   But we all have sinned and turned away from God.  We all have chosen our own way over His way.  We turn back to our own way over and over.  But God is always there, loving us, bringing us back, waiting for us to return so He can wash us clean.  I thought Rivers did a nice job of representing that in the book.

I will say that the subject matter of this book is obviously geared toward adults.  We see Angel's story from the very beginning, and some very disturbing things happen to her and are done by her later on.  The physical aspect of Michael and Angel's relationship is also a part of this book.  Rivers is good about never being explicit, but the events are implied even when not described.  I would definitely not recommend this to younger girls.  It's more appropriate for older women or women who are married.

Would I recommend this book?  I think so, but with caution.  I'm always a little leary of fiction books that focus this much on s.ex, because of the whole emotional aspect - women aren't affected so much visually as emotionally, so I think as Christian women it is good to guard our minds and proceed with caution when it comes to some romance novels.  However, I think River's heart is in the right place, and she handles everything in the book with tact.  Beyond that, the underlying message is powerful and points the reader back to Jesus.  I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone, but it was a good book.

Note:  I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multonomah in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Lauren said...

I just recently read this book and actually really enjoyed it. The subject matter was definitely adult, but I enjoyed the story and how regardless of how many times we turn our back on God, he still allows us to come back, and in some cases throws us over his shoulder---even if we go kicking & screaming!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I enjoyed Redeeming Love, but like you, I recommend it with caution. Usually, I just share a little "disclaimer" about some of the tougher issues when share it with friends. :)

rute dantas said...

Callie, I've just found out your blog and I'm totally in love with it!
I'm finishing my Redeeming Love review and I felt the same way as you did, also that a part of us is each character of this book and how much loved we are and even when we commit a sin, He still loves us and won't give up on us. We are imperfect with a perfect Father.
It's a really great book and Rivers is now one of my favourite authors for sure!

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