Redeeming Love

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Can God’s Love Save Anyone?

Best-selling author Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea in a tale set against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel’s life to draw her into the Savior’s redeeming love. This remarkable novel has sold over a million copies globally and has been a fixture on the CBA ...

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Overview

Can God’s Love Save Anyone?

Best-selling author Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea in a tale set against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel’s life to draw her into the Savior’s redeeming love. This remarkable novel has sold over a million copies globally and has been a fixture on the CBA bestsellers list for nearly a decade. A six-part reading guide, suitable for individual use or group discussion, is included in this best-selling novel.

Story Behind the Book

“Writing Redeeming Love was a form of worship for me. Through it, I was able to thank God for loving me even when I was defiant, rebellious, contemptuous of what I thought being a Christian meant, and afraid to give my heart away. I had wanted to be my own god and have control of my life the way Eve did in the Garden of Eden. Now I know to be loved by Christ is the ultimate joy and fulfillment. Everything in Redeeming Love was a gift from the Lord: plot, characters, theme. None of it is mine to claim.”

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Editorial Reviews

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"The truth that ran through that story [Redeeming Love] absolutely took me to my knees. And I was a changed person when I finished reading that book. "
- Amy Grant, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter

"A splendid piece of work exploring both physical love and a love of God...There is not one false note in this wonderful novel."
- Library Journal

"Simply put, Redeeming Love is the most powerful work of fiction you will ever read."
- Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Thorn in My Heart

"The timeless biblical themes...are beautifully portrayed and brought to life through her unforgettable characters."
- Stephen Arterburn, best-selling author of The Everyman Series

"My heart and soul were profoundly shaken as I realized anew the lessons portrayed through the stories of Hosea and Gomer, Michael and Angel. This may be the single most moving book you will read this year - or in your lifetime."
- Angela Hunt, author of Magdalene

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601420619
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 111,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Francine Rivers

From 1976 to 1985, Francine Rivers had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. This retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian bestsellers list for nearly a decade.

Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes—all bestsellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have also been awarded or nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. In 1997, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Francine’s novels have been translated into over twenty different languages, and she enjoys bestseller status in many foreign countries including Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their four grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life. Visit Francine online at www.francinerivers.com.

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NEW ENGLAND, 1835

Alex Stafford was just like Mama said. He was tall and dark, and Sarah had never seen anyone so beautiful. Even dressed in dusty riding clothes, his hair damp with perspiration, he was like the princes in the stories Mama read. Sarah’s heart beat with wild joy and pride. None of the other fathers she saw at Mass compared to him.

He looked at her with his dark eyes, and her heart sang. She was wearing her best blue frock and white pinafore, and Mama had braided her hair with pink and blue ribbons. Did Papa like the way she looked? Mama said blue was his favorite color, but why didn’t he smile? Was she fidgeting? Mama said to stand straight and still and act like a lady. She said he would like that. But he didn’t look pleased at all.

“Isn’t she beautiful, Alex?” Mama said. Her voice sounded strange…tight, like she was choking. “Isn’t she the most beautiful little girl you’ve ever seen?”

Sarah watched Papa’s dark eyes frown. He didn’t look happy. He looked angry. Like Mama looked sometimes when Sarah talked too much or asked too many questions.

Prologue

“Just a few minutes,” Mama said quickly. Too quickly. Was she afraid? But why? “That’s all I’m asking, Alex. Please. It would mean so much to her.” Alex Stafford stared down at Sarah. His mouth was pressed tight, and he studied her silently. Sarah stood as still as she could. She’d stared at herself in the mirror so long this morning, she knew what he would see. She had her father’s chin and nose, and her mother’s blonde hair and fair skin. Her eyes were like her mother’s, too, although they were even more blue. Sarah wanted Papa to think she was pretty, and she gazed up at him hopefully. But the look in his eyes was not a nice one.

“Did you pick blue on purpose, Mae?” Papa’s words startled Sarah. They were cold and angry. “Because it brings out the color of her eyes?”

Sarah couldn’t help it, she glanced at her mother—and her heart fell. Mama’s face was filled with hurt.

Alex glanced toward the foyer. “Cleo!”

“She’s not here,” Mama said quietly, keeping her head high. “I gave her the day off.”

Papa’s eyes seemed to get even darker. “Did you? Well, that leaves you in a fix, doesn’t it, darling?”

Mama stiffened, then bit her lip and glanced down at Sarah. What was wrong? Sarah wondered sadly. Wasn’t Papa happy to see her? She had been so excited that she was actually going to be with him at last, even for a little while.…

“What would you have me do?” Mama’s words were directed at Papa, so Sarah stayed silent, still hoping.

“Send her away. She knows how to find Cleo, I would imagine.”

Pink spots appeared on Mama’s cheeks. “Meaning what, Alex? That I entertain others in your absence?”

Sarah’s smile fell in confusion. They spoke so coldly to one another. Neither looked at her. Had they forgotten she was there? What was wrong? Mama was distraught. Why was Papa so angry about Cleo not being home? Chewing her lip, Sarah looked between them. Stepping closer, she tugged on her father’s coat. “Papa…”

“Don’t call me that.”

She blinked, frightened and confused by his manner. He was her papa. Mama said so. He even brought her presents every time he came. Mama gave them to her. Maybe he was angry that she had never thanked him. “I want to thank you for the presents you—”

“Hush, Sarah,” her mother said quickly. “Not now, darling.”

Papa flashed Mama a thunderous look. “Let her speak. It’s what you wanted, isn’t it? Why are you shushing her now, Mae?”

Mama stepped closer and put her hand on Sarah’s shoulder. Sarah could feel Mama’s fingers trembling, but Papa bent toward her now, smiling. “What presents?” he said.

He was so handsome, just like Mama said. She was proud to have a father like him.

“Tell me, little one.”

“I always like the candies you bring me,” Sarah said, feeling warm and proud beneath his attention. “They are very nice. But best of everything, I love the crystal swan.”

She smiled again, glowing with joy that Papa listened to her so carefully. He even smiled, though Sarah wasn’t sure she liked his smile. It was small and tight.

“Indeed,” he said and straightened. He looked at Mama. “I’m so pleased to know how much my gifts mean.”

Sarah looked up at her father, thrilled at his approval. “I put it on my windowsill. The sun shines through it and makes colors dance on the wall. Would you like to come and see?” She took his hand. When he jerked away, she blinked, hurt, not understanding.

Mama bit her lip and reached out a hand toward Papa, then stopped suddenly. She looked afraid again. Sarah looked from one parent to the other, struggling to understand. What had she done wrong? Wasn’t Papa pleased that she liked his presents?

“So you pass on my gifts to the child,” Papa said. “It’s good to know what they mean to you.”

Sarah bit her lip at the coldness in Papa’s voice, but before she could speak, Mama touched her shoulder gently. “Darling, be a good girl and go outside and play now.”

Sarah looked up, distressed. Had she done something wrong? “Can’t I stay? I’ll be very quiet.” Mama couldn’t seem to say more. Her eyes were moist and she looked at Papa.

Alex bent down to Sarah. “I want you to go outside and play,” he said quietly. “I want to talk to your mother alone.” He smiled and patted her cheek.

Sarah smiled, utterly enchanted. Papa had touched her; he wasn’t angry at all. He loved her! Just as Mama said. “Can I come back when you’re done talking?”

Papa straightened stiffly. “Your mother will come and get you when she’s ready. Now, run along as you’ve been told.”

“Yes, Papa.” Sarah wanted to stay, but she wanted to please her father more. She went out of the parlor, skipping through the kitchen to the back door. She picked a few daisies that grew in the garden patch by the door and then headed for the rose trellis. She plucked the petals. “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not.…” She hushed as she came around the corner. She didn’t want to disturb Mama and Papa. She just wanted to be close to them.

Sarah dreamed contentedly. Maybe Papa would put her up on his shoulders. She wondered if he would take her for a ride on his big black horse.

She would have to change her dress, of course. He wouldn’t want her to soil it. She wished he had let her sit on his lap while he talked to Mama. She would have liked that very much, and she would have been no bother. The parlor window was open, and she could hear voices. Mama loved the smell of roses to fill the parlor. Sarah wanted to sit and listen to her parents. That way she would know just when Papa wanted her to come back again. If she was very quiet, she wouldn’t disturb them, and all Mama would have to do was lean out and call her name.

“What was I to do, Alex? You’ve never spent so much as a minute with her. What was I to tell her? That her father doesn’t care? That he wishes she had never even been born?”

Sarah’s lips parted. Deny it, Papa! Deny it!

“I brought that swan back from Europe for you, and you throw it away on a child who has no appreciation for its value. Did you give her the pearls as well? What about the music box? I suppose she got that, too!”

The daisies fluttered from Sarah’s hand. She sat down on the ground, careless of her pretty dress. Her heart slowed from its wild, happy beat. Everything inside her seemed to spiral downward with each word.

“Alex, please. I didn’t see any harm in it. It made it easier. She asked me this morning if she was old enough yet to meet you. She asks me every time she knows you’re coming. How could I say no to her again? I didn’t have the heart. She doesn’t understand your neglect, and neither do I.”

“You know how I feel about her.”

“How can you say how you feel? You don’t even know her. She’s a beautiful child, Alex. She’s quick and charming and she isn’t afraid of anything. She’s like you in so many ways. She’s someone, Alex. You can’t ignore her existence forever. She’s your daughter.…”

“I have enough children by my wife. Legitimate children. I told you I didn’t want another.”

“How can you say that? How can you not love your own flesh and blood?”

“I told you how I felt from the beginning, but you wouldn’t listen. She should never have been born, Mae, but you insisted on having your own way.”

“Do you think I wanted to get pregnant? Do you think I planned to have her?”

“I’ve often wondered. Especially when I arranged a way out of the situation for you and you refused. The doctor I sent you to would have taken care of the whole mess. He would’ve gotten rid—”

“I couldn’t do it. How could you expect me to kill my unborn child? Don’t you understand? It’s a mortal sin.”

“You’ve spent too much time in church,” he said derisively. “Have you ever thought that you wouldn’t have the problems you do now if you had gotten rid of her the way I told you. It would’ve been easy. But you ran out.”

“I wanted her!” Mama said brokenly. “She was part of you, Alex, and part of me. I wanted her even if you didn’t.…”

“Is that the real reason?”

“You’re hurting me, Alex!”

Sarah flinched as something shattered. “Is that the real reason, Mae? Or did you have her because you thought bearing my child would give you a hold over me you otherwise lacked?”

“You can’t believe that!” Mama was crying now. “You do, don’t you? You’re a fool, Alex. Oh, what have I done? I gave up everything for you! My family, my friends, my self-respect, everything I believed in, every hope I ever had.…”

“I bought you this cottage. I give you all the money you could possibly need.”

Mama’s voice rose strangely. “Do you know what it’s like for me to walk down the street in this town? You come and go when and as you please. And they know who you are, and they know what I am. No one looks at me. No one speaks to me. Sarah feels it, too. She asked me about it once, and I told her we were different from other people. I didn’t know what else to say.” Her voice broke. “I’ll probably go to hell for what I’ve become.”

“I’m sick of your guilt and I’m sick of hearing about that child. She’s ruining everything between us. Do you remember how happy we were? We never argued. I couldn’t wait to come to you, to be with you.”

“Don’t—”

“And how much time do I have left with you today? Enough? You’ve used it up on her. I told you what would happen, didn’t I? I wish she had never been born!”

Mama cried out a terrible name. There was a crash. Terrified, Sarah got up and ran. She raced through Mama’s flowers and across the lawn and onto the pathway to the springhouse. She ran until she couldn’t run anymore. Gasping, her sides burning, she dropped into the tall grass, her shoulders heaving with sobs, her face streaked with tears. She heard a horse galloping toward her. Scrambling for a better hiding place in the vines about the creek, she peered out and saw her father ride by on his great black horse. Ducking down, she huddled there, crying, and waited for Mama to come fetch her.

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Reading Group Guide

1. How was Sarah/Angel rejected and betrayed? What were her earliest experiences with God and/or the church?

2. What experience did Michael have with rejection or betrayal? Contrast Michael’s and Angel’s examples in coping with life’s circumstances.

3. Who else in the story suffered from rejection or betrayal, and how did they cope?

4. Which character do you identify with the most and why?

5. Describe a time when you were rejected or betrayed. To whom did you turn and why?

6. Which scene do you feel best shows how Angel was resigned to relying on no one but herself? What events caused her to do so? Why do you think she never cried out to God?

7. Contrast Michael with Angel in regard to authority.

8. Describe Miriam’s relationship with God. Why were her attitudes and beliefs so different from Angel’s?

9. On whom do you rely and why?

10. Who helped Michael escape his past? In what ways was he rescued?

11. Angel repeatedly tried to escape her circumstances. Describe the various plans.

12. Contrast Hosea, the slave who helped Michael, with the slave dealer Duke.

13. Discuss Michael’s rescue of Angel from the hand of Magowan.

14. Why do you think Angel returned to her former ways?

15. From what or whom are you trying to escape and why?

16. What causes you to return to old habits?

17. Angel was bought and sold on numerous occasions. What was different about Michael’s redeeming her? Discuss the role of trust (or lack of trust) in Angel.

18. When Michael and Angel helped the Altman family, what did Angel learn about Michael? Herself? God?

19. Describe the changes in actions and thinking that took place after Angel was rescued a second time by Michael. What do you think caused the changes?

20. What trust issues do you have? Who has God placed in your life as positive examples?

21. What caused Angel to leave yet again?

22. How is this different from before?

23. Why was it necessary for Paul to be the one to find Angel?

24. What did he learn about himself? How did this help him?

25. What did Angel learn through this experience?

26. What was Michael learning through this difficult time?

27. Is there someone who needs to be reconciled with you? Or, do you need to be the one who does the reconciling, like Paul did? Explain.

28. What steps had Angel taken to restore her spirit?

29. What were the lasting effects of Angel’s soul search?

30. What steps did Angel take to restore her marriage? How did Michael respond?

31. In what ways did God reward Sarah and Michael?

32. What have you learned about the love of a man for a woman?

33. What have you learned about the love of God for all mankind–including you?

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    best love story of all time

    so I was looking for a love story, blah, I'm a romantic. I went to highest rated books on amazon. this has 777 5 star reviews so I read the overview of the book. it was obviously a christian love story and I was like, nah, God can't be in a romance book, it won't be good. so I kept looking for my newest read...and kept being pulled back to Redeeming Love. I gave in and bought the ebook for my nook. I do not exagerate when I say I was hypnotised by these characters, moved by Angels story and sobbed, not cried, for almost all of this book. I have never been so emotionally involved in a story in all my life and I am an AVID reader. How stupid of me to think that a Love story involving God would be too "clean" and boring. God is Love and he created man and woman to love in the most beautiful way. This story is so much more meaningful then a vampire/werewolf love story. There's purpose and meaning and morals and lessons all wrapped up in a powerful love story that leaves you fulfilled in a way you didn't know a book could leave you. this is now my favorite book of all time.

    43 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

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    A MUST READ FOR ALL!

    This book is a heart-wrenching, beautiful example of what God intended love between a husband and wife to be. Michael and Angel.
    Angel kept running away, feeling unworthy of love, only deserving the so-called love that the world showed her, which was empty and fake.
    Michael's character shows the reader true unconditional love and endless patience.
    This is a beautiful, heartwarming, touching story of love, sacrifice, great heart, and grace. There is no question in my mind that anyone who reads this will not be able to hold back the tears! A MUST READ FOR ALL!

    24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    I loved it!

    God's love for us just pours out in this book. I found myself crying in wonder at how much God really does love us to take us back into His arms after every time we mess up. The book was perfect and it still stands as my favorite. Every single person on earth should read this book!

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    An Exceptionally Inspiring Tale

    Loosely based from the Bible story of Hosea and his relationship with his prostitute wife - This story was such a page-turner from the very beginning. I cried COUNTLESS times by the time I was finished! The storyline is so developed and realistic, you almost feel as if you know the characters in the flesh. It's a thick book, but worth every minute of your time, no matter who you are! Some content is a bit mature for younger ages, so I would recommend ages 13 and up, at least. It's very romantic, heart-felt, and emotional to the max; includes great spiritual lessons, as well.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Amazing book!!!

    This book is one of the best books I¿ve ever read! I recommend this book to woman or teenage girl! When I was reading this book, I couldn¿t put it down I finished it within two days! It¿s a story based on the story of Hosea in the Bible. I read this book about a year ago and it just reminded me of God¿s love for me and everyone else. This book will make you laugh and cry. It¿s a very touching and deep novel. It starts out in the 1950¿s in California. A young girl who goes by the name of Angel was sold into prostitution at a young age by her mother. She grew up absolutely hating men. She thought that they were all the same and that they just wanted her body. Until God told Michael Hosea that this was the women that he marries, she had never experienced any kind of love and care. It¿s an amazing story that I could read over and over again and never get tired of it!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Amazing!

    I pulled this book off of my grandmothers shelf when I was 13 years old. I am 27 now and i can still rememer reading it by the light of my makeup mirror......all night long. I was browsing through the bookstore 10 years later when I found that it had been re-released. Of course i read it again, and it was just as shocking,beautiful and impactful as it was in my teen years! God loves us so much and it is so unconditional. This book makes you ache to spend more time wrapped in His love

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Heartwarming, humbling and uplifting

    I found the book to be excellent reading. It is based on the Old Testament Book Hosea and gives nonBible readers an opportunity to understand God's unconditional love for humanity. It is also an excellent lesson in humility, acceptance, and forgiveness. I so enjoyed the book that I bought another copy to loan to friends and family. The world today concentrates too much on greed, selfishness, condemnation, and judgment. What a refreshing book to read about compassion, overcoming trials, humility and acceptance.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Good read

    Good alternative to the 50 Shades of Crap phenom that is sweeping the nation.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    What a beautiful book. This story made me go through every emoti

    What a beautiful book.
    This story made me go through every emotion. I was heartbroken for Angel's past, I was so distraught that I didn't want to pick up the book but did anyway, I fell in love with Michael and how I long for a godly husband one day, and was intregued by the storyline of a prostitue saved by God's grace. Overall, I was brought to tears as God worked everything out in His timing. The way Ms. Rivers portrayed God in Michael, and even from God's few lines as He spoke to Michael and Angel's hearts was beautiful and gave me a more intimate way to look at my Prince of Peace.
    It is a long read, but I always captured enough to keep going. A satisfying love story of what a little faith in God can amount to for His glory and to find a new purpose for living.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    Amazing romance for the avid and not so avid Inspy fan

    It was awesome because of the romance, because of the inspiration, and because of its scope. This book isn’t in any way new. So my love of this book may not surprise many out there. It’s been beloved by readers since its original publishing date in the fall of 1991. But it’s classified as inspirational, and it’s no shocker that I prefer my romances slightly less strictly moral. And I’m also not a fan of a “preachy” voice in a book…No matter the subject matter being pushed.

    So, as someone who doesn’t read inspirational literature I can whole-heartedly say that I loved this book. This rendition of the story of the prophet Hosea and his wife Gomer was so accessible. Rivers set out to tell a tale of love and also of the struggle of people who try to play God themselves. And by “Playing God” I’m not talking about the people doing crazy movie-villain type things…or of Doctors making life changing calls. Instead it’s talking about that desire in all of us, especially women, to fix it all ourselves and not to give in to a higher will in our lives. One of my favorite meditations is “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans”. When I practice yoga I follow the intention “to be”. I try to focus on being wholly present in the moment. That’s what this novel asks of its character, to give up and enjoy the gifts we’re given, whether it be the simple beauty of fresh summer flowers or the awesome gift of love.

    It was so great to see this mission set forth in a pretty standard romance plot. What would a romance be without a character who thought themselves unworthy? Where would the payoff be if not for the redeeming quality of that love? That’s what pushes this story into the level of lifetime favorite for so many; the compound redeeming grace of both romantic and Godly love.

    The characters are so fully developed. They’re not just archetypes of a saint and a sinner. I loved Michael. He was such a strong good man. Also, seeing his thoughts kept him from being too much of a paragon. That we were privy to his anger and frustration helped. It made the process he was putting Angel through seem less demanding. Without it he would have been a Duke of another extreme.

    Angel’s history is laid out in a heartbreaking, but realistic fashion. When you think of the biblical prostitute Gomer, heck, when you think of any adult woman who chooses to sell herself it’s difficult not to look at that woman without prejudice. Not to think there must have been another way…another path. Thus, Angel’s childhood of hard knocks and forced prostitution helps contextualize her as a fallen dove who really seemed to have no other way. Only through the love of Michael and God does she begin to see another path.

    A few tidbits for those who’ve already read this one. I found Paul to be sooo annoying, wish he would have been slapped with the truth a little earlier or that Miriam had shared the reason Angel left. Also, totally cried when Jonathan Axe brought Angel out of the brothel. Cheered when she took the girls with her as well. Fist pump when they walked out the front door exposing Duke’s sick desire for little girls. And finally, I know it was true to biblical story but wish Angel wouldn’t have run away so much.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Redeeming Love is Heart-wrenching and Incredible

    Francine Rivers took very sensitive issues, rape and prostitution and slavery, and used them to demonstrate how God can take the ugliness that can and does occur in this dark world and use it for good. Ms. Rivers shows that God uses the weak and used and the brokenhearted. She also demonstrates the unfathomable love God has for each of us who are broken and how each of us must humble ourselves to receive His redeeming love. Redeeming Love is an exceptional book that will draw the reader in, stir the emotions, get you to think, and cause you to rejoice when mercy and grace are freely given. A definite read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!!! EVER!!!

    I loved this book! The publishers note made this book sound lifechanging but I was very skeptic, I mean really, it was just a book. After the first page I was hooked. I couldn't put the book down and now, two days after finishing, I still can't quit thinking about it. READ THIS BOOK! It is a beautifully told story of the redemption and love God has for us no matter where we've been or what we've done. I laughed outloud, and cried as well. This book will leave you feeling truly changed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Best Book Ever!

    Wow! Where to start. I was in the bookstore and haphazardly picked it up without even really taking time to read what it was about. But once I started reading it, I was hooked. The plot, the characters-everything in it was so engrossing and captivating. It's at least 300 plus pages and I finished it within 5 days. This book is truly a work of art and has truly made an impact on my life. In my opinion, Francine Rivers wrote a timeless classic, and it will forever remain my favorite book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    True testament of love

    This book was recommended to me by one of my cousins. She said it was her favorite book ever. When I started reading it, I thought she was crazy. However, I kept reading. And reading. And reading. I fell in love with it too. It is now one of my favorites too. I have lent my copy to all my friends and family (books are for sharing) and everyone has given it rave reviews. What a true testament of love and trusting in God.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    A touching love story that gives hope for true love

    This is a wonderful Christian novel. I am not Christian myself but I truly enjoyed the message. It is saying that all is not lost and that anyone can be saved and redeemed. I have bought this book for countless friends as they all enjoyed the book. It has touched my friends, my family and myself greatly because the book is placed in a time era where prostitution was allowed confusing poor women to believe that there is no such thing as true love but in the end love prevailed. Therefore this gives hope for the women in our generation where the idea of monogamous relationships are no longer existing but that maybe just maybe there is a guy out there who will save you from pessismistic ideas of true love.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    A Romance Like No Other

    I am personally not one for romance novels, but this book is the only exception to my dislike. This is because the story goes so much deeper than physical or even emotional. It is also about the love of God and how he will never stop pursuing us. Aside from that, the love story between Noah and Angel is like a soap opera. For the first half of the book, you keep wondering why Angel is so stupid, then you realize, "Oh...I'm doing this to God."

    Read this book. It's worth it. I wouldn't reccomend it for anyone under 14 years. There are a lot of adult issues in it concerning sexuality.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    i highly recomend this book

    this is the best book i have ever read i've had it for the past year and have read it at least 15 times, it speaks of God's love as only he can express it and as he works through us. it will make you cry and laugh, as you see the pain and redemption that only a perfict love can bring!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    I have never read a book this big, and I was a little under-enthusiastic to start on it. But, since my best friend's mom told me it would be a wonderful book (and since I had to give it back to her. I didn't want to keep her waiting), I sat down one day and began with the prologue. Hook, line, and sinker. I could not put down this book. I read it for hours and hours on end. I stayed up until 2 or 3 A.M. reading and reading. The only thing stopping me were my parents. If they caught me, oh boy. Anyways, reading this book would start off my day, as well as end it. I honestly could not put it down. I finished reading it in 3 and half days. It was beyond my expectation. I cried, I was scared, and I experienced all the emotions that were written. I loved all the characters, they were brilliant! I long to read it again, but I had to give it back. Oh well, I'll probably end up buying it online. Anyways, read this book. You'll be fascinated!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Wonderful love story.

    I loved this story. I was hooked from the very first page. I did find myself several times angry with angel. I had every emotion during this book. I found a single tear slide down my face more than once and didnt even realize it. This story makes you fall in love with the characters and thinking about the book long after you have finished it. I will read again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Wonderful book!

    A friend suggested this book to me and i finally purchased it.Not having any expectations, i thoroughly enjoyed the book and finished it in 3 days! I fell in love with Michael Hosea's character and the commitment he has to God and to his wife. There were a few areas of the book that were a little slow, but the ending was very powerful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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