31 Books: Redeeming Love (book #14)

on October 15, 2014 in 31 Books Every Young Woman Needs with 2 comments by


redeemingloveTitle: Redeeming Love

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Francine Rivers

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What the book is about:

California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.

A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
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Why I like it:

All things Francine Rivers. That is my bookshelf. I have yet to meet a novel of hers that doesn’t move me to tears and nearer to Jesus. No kidding. And when I posted on instagram about what books MUST be on this list, Redeeming Love was the overwhelming favorite. There is so much truth to be gleaned from this story- healing, restoration, joy, love – it’s all there in spades. No matter what mistakes you have made in your life, this book will speak to you and will particularly speak to the part of your heart that feels that sin always entangles. You will not be the same when you finish this book. That’s all there is to it.

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Buy it here.



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  1. Olivia
    posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM  |  reply

    Yes yes yesss!! I first read Redeeming Love probably two years ago. I not only couldn’t put it down and got incredibly emotionally attached to each and every character, but it taught me a lot about my relationship with Christ. Redeeming Love serves as an incredible analogy to our love relationship with Christ. I think every girl can easily relate to Angel, maybe not to her physical prostitution, but we all, in one way or the other, prostitute ourselves out in search of love that satisfies and a sense of belonging and purpose. This is definitely a worthwhile read and will, if you read it right, change your view of God and his incredible forgiving love.

  2. posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM  |  reply

    Yes! This book is worth reading over and over again.

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