Redeeming Love is the beautiful retelling of the Biblical account of the prophet Hosea and his prostitute wife, Gomer. Rivers chooses the mid-1800s gold rush period as the setting for the novel which lends itself nicely to the events unfolding in the plot. After suffering unspeakable horrors as a child after being sold into prostitution at the tender age of 8, Angel is bitter, hollow, and sees her only worth as what pleasure she can give a man. When Michael Hosea first sees her, he immediately feels the Holy Spirits nudging that he is to make her his wife. Wanting to follow Gods leading but perplexed as to why God would choose this woman, Michael rescues Angel from the brothel where she works and marries her. As they try to carve out a new life, Angel is constantly defying Michael bucking his attempts at creating some semblance of a marriage. She only sees herself as a prostitute, not as a woman deserving love. Michael remains consistent showing her patient, enduring love as he tries to open her eyes to the value she has as a child of God and as his wife. After multiple attempts at leaving Michael- and his repeated rescue of her- Angel finally leaves for good after realizing she has fallen in love with him but feeling he is deserving of a better wife. Brokenhearted at her final abandonment, Michael is left to trust God for her healing, her love, and the hope that she will one day return.
Redeeming Love can be considered one of the classics in Christian fiction because of the richness and depth found between its pages. Rivers does a fine job unfolding not only the love story between Michael and Angel, but also the story of Gods love for us, how He continually pursues us with an unrelenting love, and how only He can make us whole and complete. The novel is disturbing to read in many places as Rivers delves into the dark world of prostitution, rape, and incest (although it is not descriptive). However, as Michael and Angels marriage evolves, she also presents the beauty and purity of sex the way God originally intended it- between a husband and wife. Facing our past, forgiveness, commitment in marriage, and recognizing the boundless extent of Gods love for us grace the pages of this novel making it a must read!
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When I was in high school a friend recommended that I read this book. Years had passed, and I randomly thought of that moment. I bought the book, and I could not put it down! It is now my favorite book of all time. I let a friend borrow it. Who in turn let her friend borrow it. Needless to say, it has been over a year and I have not received my book back. I am definitely going to repurchase this excellent work. I can not express how excellent of a read this is!!!! You will not regret purchasing this book!