I have just finished reading, for the third or fourth time, one of my all time favorite books, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. The first time I read this book I was in high school, it was suggested and given to me by a friend. I am so thankful that she gave me the gift, that Redeeming Love truly is. Even now, after reading this book for the third or fourth time (I rarely reread books), I want to curl back up and follow Angel’s story again from the very beginning.
This book is a rare gem that seems to help my heart with something new every single time I read it. I find myself, I find the people I love and I find God in the pages of this book. My heart and soul has been reassured that I am so loved. I have been taught how I am meant to love, the book and River’s beautiful words wrap around my heart and remind me of God’s grace and love. Even now, after reading it again, I am in awe of the beauty that I find within this book and its fictional characters. I am offered hope and I hear God’s promises whispered into my life, through the life of the main characters Angel and Michael. I have seen, every time I have read the book, parallels in my own life and have gained some knowledge and wisdom each time I have devoured it.
When I ordered the book, through my aunt’s Amazon Prime account, it must have peeked her interest because the next thing I knew she was devouring the book. As I climbed into her car this evening she and I gushed over Rivers’ beautiful tale of God’s incredible redeeming love.
The book is based loosely off the book Hosea found in the Bible (where the name Michael Hosea comes from). Set in California in 1850, Redeeming Love, follows the tragic early life of the prostitute, Angel. Michael is drawn to Angel and God calls him to make Angel his wife. Love is one of my absolute favorite topics and this book is built around just that. The book is structured around two broken humans’ relationship with one another and their relationship with God but also serves as a bigger example of God’s relentless, everlasting, ever pursuing, incredible redeeming love. We are all sinful and the book serves as a reminder that none of us are too far fallen for God’s redeeming love. The description on the back of the book reads: “A story of Love that won’t let go–no matter what.”
If you decide to read this book–I believe that you will discover some truly amazing things. My heart continues to be changed by this book and Rivers’ stunning words. I must say, there is material in it that is hard to handle but we can’t avoid mess, hurt and difficulty because that is what life is full of and in the messiness, hurt and difficulty we will always
find God. Despite possessing some “hard to stomach” material, this book wouldn’t be as beautiful as it is without this material. I think one gift that this book also provides is the reminder to not judge.
I hope that you will choose to pick up this book and I pray that if you do it will provide some comfort to your heart!
May the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Peace, Joy, Blessing and So Much Love,