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Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task--marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God's message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she's good at--she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel heal Gomer's broken spirit?

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 Love in a Broken Vessel Discussion Questions: by Mesu Andrews


1. What emotions were stirred in Hosea when he experiences Yahweh’s calling in the wind? How are those emotions complicated and/or changed by the command to marry a prostitute?



2. What people and circumstances does Yahweh use in Hosea’s life to prepare him for his calling?



3. When does Hosea realize Gomer is the prostitute Yahweh intends for him to marry, and how does their childhood friendship change his attitude toward the call?



4. When Gomer is arrested in Samaria, Hosea’s determination wanes, and he is ready to return to Tekoa without fulfilling Yahweh’s call. What restores his confidence and giveshim renewed courage to move forward in Yahweh’s direction? How can we look for similar encouragement in our lives?



5. As Hosea, Gomer, Jonah, and Isaiah approach Jerusalem, they pass an Asherah pole, and Gomer asks why Yahweh threatens Israel’s destruction and leaves Judah undisciplined. How does Hosea explain the balance of Yahweh’s mercy and justice, His jealousy and forgiveness? How can we as followers of Christ show that God requires obedience and yet loves unconditionally?



6. Driven by fear after witnessing Yahweh’s judgment on Uzziah, Gomer buys an idol in Jerusalem’s marketplace, returning to a god she knows and trusts. In what ways—both positive and negative—does Uzziah react to his fear? In what ways—both positive and negative—do Hosea, Jonah, and Isaiah react to their fears?



7. There are many forms and expressions of love (giving and receiving) throughout the story—Yahweh’s, Yuval’s, Hosea’s, Gomer’s. How much is love derived from or molded by one’s environment?



8. In what ways does King Uzziah mature in his relationship with Yahweh, and in what ways does he remain flawed?



9. When Hosea can’t find anyone to talk to about Gomer’s unfaithfulness, he is driven to pour out his heart to Yahweh. Why do you think God is sometimes our last resort in times of desperation?




10. Gomer’s discontent in Tekoadrives her to give up everything and everyone who had saved and loved her. What do you think she expects to achieve by leaving? What do we expect to gain when we knowingly do something wrong?



11. After Hosea prophesies Yahweh’s name for Gomer’s daughter—Lo-Ruhamah (“Not Loved”)—he asks the question, “If Yahweh no longer loves Israel and no longer forgives them, can I refuse to love and forgive?” Micah answers, “Can a man’s heart be as pure as Yahweh’s? Can you refuse to love without sinning? Can you refuse to forgive without becoming bitter?” What do you think? Can a human being be released from the responsibility to love and forgive another human being? Why or why not?



12. What makes Gomer willing to sacrifice herself for Hosea in Menahem’s camp when her whole life had been about survival?



13. Hosea is confused when Yahweh’s commands seem to contradict—first calling him to marry Gomer, then release her, and then buy her back. How does Hosea deal with that confusion? How can we see God’s seemingly contradictory commands as shifts in direction rather than changes in ultimate destination?



14. Amoz describes how a broken vessel could be made valuable again: “The residual scarring of the cracks added a new dimension to its beauty.” How does Amoz’s comment describe the restored lives of God’s people today?





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 • Abigail's New Hope: Mary Ellis
 • Against All Odds: Irene Hannon
 • Against the Tide: Elizabeth Camden
 • Almost Forever: Deborah Raney


 • Blue Moon Promise: Colleen Coble
 • Blue Widow Brides: Maggie Brendan
 • Breach of Trust: DiAnn Mills
 • (The) Bridesmaid: Beverly Lewis
 • (The) Bridge: Karen Kingsbury
 • Brigid of Ireland: Cindy Thomson
 • Burn: Ted Dekker


 • (The) Calling: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • (The) Chance: Karen Kingsbury
 • Chasing Mona Lisa: Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
 • Chasing the Sun: Tracie Peterson
 • Choices of the Heart: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: Diana Wallis Taylor
 • Critical Care: Candace Calvert
 • Crossing Oceans: Gina Holmes


 • (The) Dance: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
 • Deadline: Randy Alcorn
 • Deadly Devotion: Sandra Orchard
 • Deadly Ties: Vicki Hinze
 • Deception: Randy Alcorn
 • (The) Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow: Olivia Newport
 • (The) Discovery: Dan Walsh
 •  Dolled Up to Die: Lorena McCourtney
 • Demon: A Memoir: Tosca Lee
 • Digitalis: Ronie Kendig
 • Dogwood: Chris Fabry
 • Double Minds: Terri Blackstock
 • Dying to Read: Lorena McCourtney


 • Fair Is the Rose: Liz Curtis Higgs
 • Freefall: Kristen Heitzmann
 • Frontiersman's Daughter: Laura Frantz


 • Gift of Grace: Amy Clipston
 • Gone South: Meg Mosley
 • Grace: Shelley Shepard Gray


 • Havah; The Story of Eve: Tosca Lee
 • Heart's Safe Passage: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Highland Sanctuary: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
 • Hope of Refuge: Cindy Woodsmall


 • Intervention: Terri Blackstock
 • Into the Whirlwind: Elizabeth Camden
 • Invisible: Ginny Yttrup
 • Iscariot: Tosca Lee


 • (The) Jewel of His Heart: Maggie Brendan
 • June Bug: Chris Fabry


 • Katie's Way: Marta Perry
 • Killer Among Us: Lynette Eason


 • Lady in the Mist: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Lady of Bolton Hill: Elizabeth Camden
 • Lady of Milkweed Manor: Julie Klassen
 • (A) Lasting Impression: Tamera Alexander
 • Leah's Choice: Marta Perry
 • The Lesson: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • Lethal Remedy: Richard Mabry
 • Life in Defiance: MaryLu Tyndall
 • Like Dandelion Dust: Karen Kingsbury
 • Lonestar Sanctuary: Colleen Coble
 • Lonestar Secrets: Colleen Coble
 • Love Amid the Ashes: Mesu Andrews
 • Love at Any Cost: By Julie Lessman
 • Love Calls: Lorna Sielstad
 • Love in a Broken Vessel: Mesu Andrews


 • Making Waves: Lorna Sielstad
 • (A) Memory Between Us: Sarah Sundin
 • Moon in the Mango Tree: Pamela Ewen
 • Moonlight Masquerade: Ruth Axtell
 • (A) Most Peculiar Circumstance: Jen Turano
 • My Heart Remembers: Kim Vogel Sawyer


 • Naomi's Gift: Amy Clipston
 • Never Far From Home: Mary Ellis
 • Nightshade: by Ronie Kendig
 • No Place for a Lady: Maggie Brendan
 • (A) Noble Groom: Jody Hedlund



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 • Plain Jayne, by Hillary Manton Lodge
 • Preacher's Bride: Jody Hedlund
 • Promise of an Angel: Ruth Reid


 • Rebekah: by Jill Eileen Smith
 • Redeeming Love: Francine Rivers
 • Redemption: Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley
 • (A) Reluctant Queen: Joan Wolf
 • Remember to Forget: Deborah Raney
 • Remembered: Tamera Alexander


 • Sarah's Gift: Marta Perry
 • Shadows of the Past: Patricia Bradley
 • Simple Choices: Nancy Mehl
 • Simple Deceit: Nancy Mehl
 • Slow Moon Rising: Eva Marie Everson
 • Someone to Blame: Susanne Lakin
 • A Sound Among the Trees: Susan Meissner
 • The Sweetest Thing: Elizabeth Musser


 • Tailor Made Bride: Karen Witemeyer
 • That Certain Summer: Irene Hannon