[[ Reading ]] Redeeming LoveAuthor Francine Rivers – Autowiringdiagram.co

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers has undeniably earned a coveted spot on my top bookshelf of classically flawless stories This is a book that I will probably find myself reading over and over again until it simply falls apart at the seams Such a beautiful love story that I could not separate myself from both mentally and emotionally I read this book while I was traveling, and I truly don t know how I made my connector flights or found my departing gate terminals, or even who sat next to me on the airplane Forget all the flight instructions about cabin pressure, oxygen masks and floating devices, I was lost in my book as I wasconcerned about the turbulence in Michael and Angel s life and their ultimate destination than anything I was experiencing at the moment I think I must have sighed a hundred times from heartbreak and angst for these characters and forget about keeping track of my facial expressions, but I treasured every moment irregardless of what people around me must have witnessed.First off, one thing I must note about this book, and it s probably the one small element that held me off from reading it sooner than I did, or reading it at all for that matter The book is categorized as Contemporary Christian Fiction as it s based on the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer Wait Don t let that turn you off just yet Just give me a fewmoments to share its fabulousness I swear I m not a religious fanatic See I m swearing But before I move on let me explain my reading preferences I pick up books for fictional journeys, normally young adult, paranormal, and dystopian For me to pick up a book with a religious spiritual tone, well let s just say I d never think that would happen, and I m just being honest Secondly, I d be lying if I called myself a devout anything Christian or Catholic Nope, that s not me the devout part that is so when the situation feels preachy, I get uncomfortable I m not saying I have absolutely no faith not the case at all I just wouldn t normally read a book about religion, faith or spirituality And, I m not going to feel guilty about that because God and I have our private convos, and let s just say we re good Okay, so keeping that in mind, I still picked up this book and I was wowed Not in a spiritual sense mind you It waslike it showed me how when you really love someone, you re willing to sacrifice a piece of yourself and forgive your partner s grievances no matter how much it might hurt sometimes I saw it fromof an emotional perspective rather than a spiritual sense So if I missed the mark oh well it was mine to miss Overall, this book does a masterful job of blending love and betrayal, hope and despair, self destruction and ultimate redemption I fell in love with these characters as Michael and Angel experienced a turbulent journey towards trust, hope, love and ultimate faith Michael Hosea was the true angel in this story for the number of times he forgave Angel s transgressions and painful, ongoing betrayal He was such a gentle and trusting soul and just an all around, too good to be true person His faith in God and his belief in his purpose as dictated by a higher being were heartfelt and poignant As for Angel, for all of the mistakes and sins she committed, I still held a soft spot for her and cared for her character deeply, and that never wavered My heart broke when her back story was revealed, and I read about how she was betrayed, destroyed and used No matter how awful her choices were and how badly they hurt Michael, I still wanted to come to her defenses What an emotional ride Another thing I want to share about this book It has one of the most beautiful scenes I ve ever read There is a part in the story, right after Angel betrays and abandons Michael and not for the first or last time that he takes her to an unknown destination She is frightened that he ll hurt her as punishment, and their journey through the dark forest to get where they were going was intense He ultimately leads them to the crest of a mountain and he points to the moon yes, that ball of cheese in the sky, and he holds her tightly After resisting him for some time, she finally stops to look at the beauty around her as the hours pass, the moon descends and the sun begins to set He doesn t say much, but he shows her the hope held in the renewal of a new day and the absolute beauty around you if you just stop to look and listen, rather than destroy it or pretend it doesn t exist and he simply tells her, This is the life I want to give you tearsob Am I a total sap if I admit it reminds me of the song Moonlight Noooo, not the Barry Manilow versionlike the Jason Castro rendition So for me to quote a sappy love song, you know I was moved by this book Gah head desk I ve been pegged as being a sucker for melodramic love stories Well, I m good with that and willing to own it because it s books like Redeeming Love that remind me some of them are just worth it Absolutely worth it There are some books you want to convince everyone to read and then there are some that you want to keep to yourself because you ll be disappointed if someone bashes to pieces something you just absolutely adore I ll tell you right now, I loved this book, but if it doesn t gain traction by many, I ll feel comforted that it s safe and treasured on my bookshelf Now here are the lyrics to Moonlight and I ll just end with that Midnight, not a sound from the pavementHas the moon lost her memory, she is smiling aloneIn the lamplight, the withered leaves, collected my feetAnd the wind begins to moanMemory, all alone in the moonlightI can smile at the old days, it was beautiful thenI remember the time I knew what happiness wasLet the memory live againDaylight, I must wait for the sunriseI must think of a new life, and I mustn t give inWhen the dawn comes, tonight will be a memory, tooAnd a new day will beginBurnt out ends of smoky days, the stale cold smell of morningThe street lamp dies, another night is over, another day is dawningTouch me, it s so easy to leave me, all alone with the memory of my day in the sunIf you touch me, you ll understand what happiness isLook a new day, has begun sniffle sniffle tear tear Please note I read the Kindle version which apparently is the clean Christian version The original paperback is what I should have read Darn.4 Angel StarsThis is a Christian based love story about a prostitute finding redemption and spirituality with her farmer husband This book quotes a lot of scripture and the story itself is based on the Bible story of Hosea and Gomer Set in California in the 1950 s during the gold rush, Sarah is working as a high priced prostitute after years being owned since she was just eight years old She catches the eye of a farmer named Michael God speaks to Michael and tells him that Angel Sarah is to be his wife Michael sets out to wed the closed off Angel and offers her a home and freedomLove cleanses, beloved It doesn t beat you down It doesn t cast blame My love isn t a weapon It s a lifeline Reach out and take hold, and don t let goMichael and Angel Sarah were wonderful characters and their love was epic but somewhere around 78 percent the story went pretty preachy for my tastes Nonetheless the writing was strong and it is a nice story of redemption and spiritual rebirthThough fallen low, God raised her up, an angel. Utterly heart wrenching Gripping Riveting ExtraordinaryI could go on and on and still not justify the magnitude of this story s brilliance what it means, what it stands for, and how deeply it has affected me Reading Redeeming Love was an intensely humbling and inspirational experience It isn t about drama or angst or sexy loves scenesit is a powerful, eye opening story focused on faith and redemption on rising up from the dust of despair and finding yourself worthy It s about the unparalleled ways love and faith can conquer all, and I could not have beenpleased with this loving and fulfilling journey Sarah, aka, Angel is a beautiful, damaged woman who remains a prisoner of a past that heartlessly sold her into prostitution as a child She was abandoned, abused, and alone, and my heart shattered for her Selling her body was all she d ever knownso when Michael attempts to show her an honest life, she is untrusting and feels unworthy to receive it Angel had a quiet strength and I was completely blown away by her transformation Her quest for freedom was relentless and she easily became one of my most beloved heroines Michael, in my opinion, was saint like His patience and love for Angel was astonishing, and his faith in himself and in God inspiring I ve never before felt such a strong sense of love and acceptance through a character Angel and Michael s connection stands as a pure example of love in its most honest and unconditional stateexactly how it s meant to be The writing simply wow d me It was eloquent and its grace brought this story to life I felt every pain and heartache displayed within these broken characters, as well as every rejoice This was my first Christian Fiction novel and I was initially unsure what to expect Although faith in God plays a big role in this story, having faith in oneself is an equally apparent theme one to which anyone can relate The element of religion was heavily pronounced, but I didn t find it to be preachy in fact, I found it comforting and enlightening It wasn t over the top it was delicate and its message seemed to transcend the structures of organized religion Freedom does not come from without, but is instead brought forth from within My song for Sarah Blackbird singing in the dead of nightTake these broken wings and learn to flyAll your lifeYou were only waiting for this moment to arise.Blackbird singing in the dead of nightTake these sunken eyes and learn to seeAll your lifeYou were only waiting for this moment to be free Book Stats Genre Category Christian Fiction Romance Steam Caliber Clean Romance Emotional and heartbreaking Beautifully evolves Characters Expertly composed Patient, kind, loving hero Tragically broken, but lovable heroine Plot Centers largely on redemption, faith, and the healing power of love Substantial depth Writing Accomplished and exquisite execution Inspiring narrative POV Third person perspective Cliffhanger None I didn t get very far into this before realising that it was R rated Luckily I got it free so haven t wasted any money and can happily throw it away One of the most troubling things about this book is that there are a number of reviews from non Christians commenting on the graphic nature of this book and stating that they wouldn t have thought the writer was a Christian That alone explains why Christian authors need to be careful with their content, they are representing Jesus.I am aware that this is meant to be based on the book of Hosea in the Bible However, Rivers presents her main character as a prostitute prior to her marriage What are the moral implications of God s command for Hosea to marry a prostitute It appears best to see Gomer as chaste at the time of marriage to Hosea, only later having become an immoral woman The words take yourself a wife of harlotry are to be understood proleptically, i.e., looking to the future An immoral woman could not serve as a picture of Israel coming out of Egypt 2 15 9 10 , who then later wandered away from God 11 1 Chapter 3 describes Hosea taking back his wife, who had been rejected because of adultery, a rejection that was unjustifiable if Hosea had married a prostitute with full knowledge of her character. The first few chapters dealt with child rape, child trafficking, brothels, drunkenness, adultery, death..that was enough If Rivers was trying to relay events in Hosea, I don t understand why she felt the need to include child rape and trafficking in her narrative It just makes a tragic story evendepraved The point of Hosea is God s love towards unfaithful Israel despite their waywardness It is not focused on the graphic exploits of Gomer.I don t recommend this book which is full of graphic detail for shock value For those who will no doubt comment that the book of Hosea also contains graphic scenes of a similar nature It doesn t The whole focus is on Israel s unfaithfulness and God s pending judgement It is not on the details of Gomer s sin.The popularity of this book and some of the comments are representative of the God as love or some kind of divine romancer beliefs that are prevalent, as if God needs us and is desperate for us, rather than the other way around The author writes that God says, Though you deny me, I love you with an everlasting love That is not in line with Scripture, where God does not love with an everlasting love those who deny Him God hates sin and sinners and demands obedience Yes, God loves us and forgives us when we sin if we approach Him through trust in Jesus, but that doesn t give us a licence to sin or to presume upon His grace Redemption the supposed theme of this book should lead to a complete transformation of heart and life those seeking a cleaner read by Francine Rivers and to prove that I m not just being deliberately controversial try The Atonement Child or And the Shofar Blew or even The Last Sin Eater but avoid Bridge to Haven The Scarlet Thread is mediocre Enjoy Check out my Francine Rivers shelf I think the purpose of this book was overshadowed by the very dark subject matter A lot of people have called this a Christian Romance, I find that very hard to believe The story is about a young girl sold into prostitution at the age of eight who later is rescued by a man named Michael The books goes into shocking, disturbing detail of the sad life she led She run s away from her devoted husband multiple times, which also got old The whole thing was very depressing and I only continued to read hoping it would get better I also didn t like that her husband was suppose to be so understanding yet was still sleeping with her before she even loved him or before they really had a decent relationship If he really had respect for her and what she had been through he would have waited until she was ready The book was way too long and way too gloomy For the subject matter and details given I would have give it at R rating I wish I hadn t bothered reading it. 4.5 stars Redeeming Love is one of those must read romances worth reading at least onceThere are two versions of Redeeming Love. This is a review of the original 1991 version The 1997 version is basically the same as the original, but was edited to remove any descriptions of the love scenes and any coarse language to make it suitable for the Christian market.Based on the Book of Hosea from the Bible, where God told the prophet, Hosea to marry the prostitute, GomerGo marry a prostitute and have children with her. here we have Michael Hosea, a farmer being told by God to marry Angel, a local whore in the 1850s goldfields of California Author Francine Rivers wrote historical romances and historical fiction before she became a Christian Redeeming Love written in 1991, bridges the writing of her original romances and her later Christian fiction, illustrating well the old and new Francine Rivers in the one book The original does contain some coarse language eg son of a bitch, damn, bastard, etc and some descriptive love scenes, not contained in the second version The original holds up better in my opinion as a romance than the revised version, withemphasis on their relationship and the physicality of it Nevertheless, both versions contain the same plot For those who prefer a clean read, then the edited, or Christian version, is preferable.Although it is peppered throughout with Bible verses I don t think they re intrusive It is afterall, a Christian story, based on a book of the Bible and written by a Christian My only real complaint is that often it lends itself to cheesiness, but that s my complaint about most, if not all, romances He felt her loosen and melt in his arms and he sent her up again in to the heavens, joining her there and holding on to the moment as long as he could before the slow descent back to earth.Oh, to You be the glory, Lord, Lord.Um, okay.On my fourth read of this story over the years, I don t view it with the same wide eyed romantic wonder as I first did The prose is average at best, the historical setting adequate The stubbornness of Angel in refusing to accept Michael s love and her consequent running off was overdone and tiresome Michael himself often forces Angel to do his bidding, believing as he does that it s for her best, and so their relationship comes across as patronising and paternalistic at times.Some of his thoughts and reactions are not those of a Godly man Some of the tragedies that beset Angel s wretched life, seem gratuitous Francine Rivers seemingly wanted to heap mankind s collective sin onto the head of this poor woman Some of the scenes are unnecessarily explicit The conclusion is way too neat with its fairy tale ending Yet Redeeming Love still holds up as an allegory of God s love for humankind Love, forgiveness and redemption It is one of those rare novels that though based on a story from the Bible, manages to captivate an audience who may not claim any Christian beliefs It can be at times depressing, heart wrenching, horrifying and preachy Yet it is also uplifting, glorifying, hope filled and romantic.Despite some reservations, Redeeming Love is still a worthy read for lovers of Christian fiction and for lovers of romance Even if you don t end up loving it, it is so popular, so highly rated and reviewed that it s worth reading just the once Because despite its flaws for me it still manages to resonate with the ideal of true love and the romantic notions of love conquers all.Steam 2.5 Read this book about 10 years ago Re reading it now March 14th, 2013 I finished and this book is still my all time favorite book Deservesthan 5 stars This book is based off the love story from the Bible of Hosea and Gomer Gomer is a prostitute and Hosea is a Godly man told to marry her It s their struggle she finds it hard to turn away from the life she has always known and basically born into This is the ultimate love story I loved reading about Michael Angel s love story There were so many things I wanted to highlight throughout this book One of my favorite lines wasHello, Sarah I m very pleased to meet you Finally Also this written on the cross was very touching Though fallen lowGod raised her upAn angel. The song Amazing Grace reminds me of this book Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,That saved a wretch like me.I once was lost but now am found,Was blind, but now I see. Michael is definitely my book husband He isn t someone you just date He is someone you marry Standalone , , . 5 Inspiring Stars I m soooo happy Where s a box of tissues when you need them I have to listen to the end again Oh my, I can t stop crying Michaelhe is the power of love No review I could ever do, would give this book the justice it is so deserving of You have to experience it to understand all the meaning that it holds Thank you to KarLyn who was the first to tell me about this book, and then all my other friends who encouraged me to read it It s an amazing journey I will NEVER forget California S Gold Country,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 Hosea 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 Come 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 Can No Longer Deny Her Final Healing Must Come From The One Who Loves Her Even Than Michael Hosea Does The One Who Will Never Let Her Go A Life Changing Story Of God S Unconditional, Redemptive, All Consuming Love Francinerivers