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Russian icon of the prophet Hosea, 18th century
Russian icon of the prophet Hosea, 18th century (Iconostasis of Transfiguration Church, Kizhi monastery, Karelia, Russia).

A handbill from the California Gold Rush
A handbill from the California Gold Rush
From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
Redeeming Love

by Francine Rivers

Life has not been kind to Angel at all.  Men worship her body, but inside her soul is cold, crying out for a love she fears is only a myth. Michael Hosea is a good man, a man of prayer and devotion to God.  He sees Angel and instantly knows she is the one meant for him --- and yet she is a prostitute.  How can this be?  Michael and Angel both will have a lot to learn about God’s grace in REDEEMING LOVE.

REDEEMING LOVE is a retelling of the account of Hosea and his wife Gomer.  Francine Rivers has taken some liberties with the story, such as setting it during the California Gold Rush, but the heart of the story remains.  God’s grace and mercy are available to all, even those the world would condemn.  Angel’s plight is heart-rending as we see inside the life of a woman sold into prostitution as a child.  Readers should note that Francine Rivers doesn’t try to gloss over the horrors but rather exposes the evil of child prostitution for what it truly is.  The damage wrought by such deeds is long-lasting and we suffer right along with Michael and Angel as they struggle to find hope and solace.

REDEEMING LOVE is one of those novels that grabs you and takes you through a wide range of emotions --- from horror to anger to sadness and yes, to joy. The story isn’t necessarily an easy one to read because of the hard-hitting subject… and yet it’s one that touches your very soul.  How many times will forgiveness be required?  It would be easy to dismiss Angel and say she’s not worth the time of a man as good as Michael but Francine Rivers shows us just how Angel came to be in her situation and only a hardened heart couldn’t feel pain for both Angel and Michael. REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful story of redemption and hope.

Publisher:  Multnomah Publishers (October 2007)

Reviewed by Debbie, Debbie Wiley Book Reviews

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