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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. The whole thing was very depressing and I only continued to I think the purpose of this book was overshadowed by the very dark subject matter. The whole thing was very depressing and I only continued to read hoping it would get better.
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. View all 29 comments. Jun 15, Amy Foxy Blogs rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-boyfriends , 5-stars , books-i-ve-read , buddy-reads , topwinter-favorites , march Re-reading it now!
March 14th, I finished and this book is still my all time favorite book! Deserves more than 5 stars. 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! There were so many things I wanted to highlight throughout this book. One of my favorite lines was: "Hello, Sarah. I'm very pleased to meet you. 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. View all 47 comments. Dec 30, Arlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , romance , read , top-ten-of-all-time , adult , christian-lit , historical-fiction. 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 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. But before I move on let me explain my reading preferences.
I pick up books for fictional journeys, normally young adult, paranormal, and dystopian. Okay, so keeping that in mind, I still picked up this book and I was wowed… Not in a spiritual sense mind you. I saw it from more of 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.
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.
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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. 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. 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. Noooo, not the Barry Manilow version… more like the Jason Castro rendition.
Absolutely worth it! View all 24 comments. Sep 26, Lexie rated it did not like it. I recieved this as a part of the First Reads program. I was repulsed by this book. It's supposed to be a Christian romance novel. Full disclosure, I'm an atheist, so I wasn't expecting to exactly fall in love with the book. But I found the concept of the story of Hosea being retold during the Gold Rush interesting, or else I wouldn't have picked it up.
So you may ask, why was I so repulsed by this book? Looking past the forced marriage, rape, beatings and child rape described in the book. Also look I recieved this as a part of the First Reads program. Also looking past the flat, one dimensional characters, that are by the way, stunning and physically beautiful how boring is that. Not to mention, looking past the horrible source material that is the Old Testament.
I'm repulsed by the ideas that this book reinforces for women. I'm disgusted that this drivel was written by a woman. And after reading some reviews prior to recieving the book, I'm appaled that some people found this book moving, positive and uplifting. The plot device of using these characters to represent god and his unconditional love that he supposedly has for his children was weak.
This was represented by the two main character's and Angel. So god talks to him I'll leave that one alone and tells him to marry her. He has a priest marry the two of them while she's pretty much unconsious. She runs away after being forced to work for and take care of him. I wonder why she would run away. So she finally meets a family who is willing to take care of her. She's in a good place. And then he comes back for her.
She for some unknown reason, goes back to him. The worst part is the ending, because she wants nothing more than to please him and bear him a son. This book does nothing more than subjugate women. In my own opionion, so do gods and religions, but that's a different story for a differnt time. What positive message is there in this for anyone? Be a good wife and devote all your time to making babies.
I think we all know there is more to life than that. Please don't waste your time reading this book, get something else that will celebrate life and the worth of an individual, or something that you will learn something from. I'll be trading mine in at the local book mine, to get something of more worth. View all 17 comments. Dec 16, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
It had cleansed her, never casting blame. But that had been only the beginning. It was loving him in return that had brought her up out of the darkness. So much to say about this book. The emotions incited were overwhelming. My chest still hurts from the feelings I have. And when I do, it is more often out of sorrow and pain 5 STARS She thought she had been saved by his love for her, and in part she had been.
And when I do, it is more often out of sorrow and pain. But this book made me cry out of sheer joy. It chokes me up still to think about it. Very inspiring read. This story follows the life of a girl who has believed from her earliest memories that she was a mistake. Not meant to be born.
A burden to everyone she encountered. And as she grew up, her beliefs were reinforced time and time again. She lost any hope she had of love and happiness in her life. And she knew deep down to the bottom of her soul that those things were not meant for her. They looked into her angel eyes and were lost. Enduring the ship alone to get there was enough to take her sanity.
The freedom she thought she would find upon her arrival had quickly turned into a fight to survive. Penniless and alone, she was quickly drawn right back into the life she had tried so hard to escape. There was no freedom. There was no happiness. Not for her. Not ever. But then something happened. And his name was Michael Hosea. Now this was a man who was told by God, that he should marry Angel and deliver her from her bondage. The more he tried to convince her, the more convinced she was of his insincerity.
What was it about this man that got to her? She preferred the numbness to this stirring of emotion. Hope was torment. Hope was an enemy. And this man was a thorn in her side. She was the blackest night, and he the starlight piercing it, creating an unfolding pattern in her life.
This book was a struggle for one woman to overcome the power of her own self worth. And in a way, it proved that although food and water are needed to nourish our bodies, they may not be as important to our survival as faith and hope and trust. She stared at those aristocratic hands, hands without calluses, pale and manicured.
Beautifully shaped hands that were capable of unspeakable cruelty. They were callused and rough. His hands had looked so cruel and yet been so gentle. His touch had healed her body and opened her heart. I will say though that this one will go straight to my favorites list. I will leave you with a few quotes, and photos, and my updates photos as well. I cannot recommend this one enough. View all 37 comments. Hm, hard review to write! I appreciate the story of redemption Rivers set out to tell, but I didn't like how she went about it.
The story was riveting at first, drawing me in, so that I read the first pages without even setting it aside. But I had to lay the book down to complete a task, and as I did it, I realized that I was feeling Truly, a great deal of the book is focused on sordid and dirty details. Even after we are away from the subjects of child rape, human trafficking, auct Hm, hard review to write!
Even after we are away from the subjects of child rape, human trafficking, auctioning of women, and seduction, it talks a great deal about nakedness and marital relations. I didn't like what I'd gotten into, frankly. I also didn't like how Michael tried to control her every thought and action in an attempt to hold onto her and not let her go. It wasn't a strict retelling of the story of Hosea, but I felt that choosing to give Michael the name of Hosea was too forced.
Yes, we have him losing her three times. We don't have her doing so because of wanting to return to the life she knew. Her situation is portrayed as very bad, and instead of having Michael a bright light of God still chasing her like the hound of Heaven, we have a very flawed man not fully understanding who she is past her protective walls, a man letting her run back into independence because he labors under a misconception of what she's gone to do.
This isn't an illustration of the redemptive side of marriage, where the man is to show what Christ is willing to do for the church Michael failed her at the end.
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He gave up on her and stayed on his farm in discouragement, instead of chasing after her and making sure she is safe. The real, biblical Hosea kept after his wife, chasing her down and dragging her out of sin even when she made the choice to go back into it. Hosea was a picture of God reaching out to sinning Israel and dragging her back to a clean life. Sarah's story is a powerful one. I felt that it often went too far into the descriptions of what she was feeling We didn't have to go down into the depths to feel how revolting her life was.
We didn't have to spend two chapters on her being sold at the age of eight and raped by a monster, over and over again, over the next number of years. So, in the end, it fails as an allegory; Michael doesn't chase after her quite as the real Hosea did; Sarah isn't wanting to return to a life of sensual fulfillment as Gomer was. Also, it tipped over the edge more than once into sensationalism, ending in being more like a soap opera than like a story focused only on the redemption of a soul and a lifestyle.
I welcome thoughtful comments I'm quite willing to explain my thoughts further, but don't want to spend too much time on the review. View all 43 comments. Mar 24, Eastofoz rated it liked it Recommends it for: Readers looking for frontier inspirational romance or a retelling of the Book of Hosea. Shelves: fiction. There was one very brief disgusting scene but given the situation and the period I thought that was misleading to brand it PG There is virtually no physical intimacy in this book, apart from the odd kiss, and any sex is glossed over leaving you wondering if they had sex or not.
You get these one liners about horrific beatings, great sex on a very spiritual level but no detail. Emotional, spiritual and physical intimacy make for better rounded characters I think and I felt short changed not to get all that. The hero and the heroine are very well-drawn. He gets kicked in the teeth so many times but he still keeps coming back for more.
He reminded me of poor Job at times. She has heaven in hand and she keeps throwing it away. It was difficult to believe all this love at first sight and God speaking to these people in mysterious ways. Angel has been through hell and back why have her leave her haven incessantly? So two stars for romance, four for the retelling of the Book of Hosea for me. FYI: If devout believers who see God in everything as well as true faith being the only way to find happiness in life bother you, you may want to pass on this book. View all 26 comments. I listened to this one on my iPod. I tried so hard not to cry especially toward the end but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended.
So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued. Its a historical romance set in mid 's gold country region of California. Angel is a damaged young woman working a brothel and struggling with many horrors from her past. Michael is a devout Christian who believes God wants him wow, a very powerful story!
Michael is a devout Christian who believes God wants him to marry Angel - a soiled dove. Apparently this is a retelling of a bible story. I think this may be only the second Christian themed novel I've ever read, which means its the first one I ever finished. While it was very inspirational it refrained from being preachy. Its not a light read, and at times was even depressing. But the writing was so spot on and the characters so real I couldn't stop.
And it does end with a great ending. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to crawl into the book to talk with Angel, hug Michael, slap his brother, kill a bad guy, shelter a person down on their luck I can see why it has such high ratings by sooooo many people. But my next book will be a light read. I don't think I could take two books like this in a row! View all 18 comments.
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Instagram Twitter Facebook Amazon Pinterest I am not religious, so my review of this inspirational romance will be coming from the perspective of a secular reader. Francine Rivers is a name that gets bandied around a lot, not just in the christian fiction groups, but also in the historical romance groups in general.
I was curious to s Instagram Twitter Facebook Amazon Pinterest I am not religious, so my review of this inspirational romance will be coming from the perspective of a secular reader. I was curious to see what she was like. As soon as I began reading this book, I literally had two people message me to inform me that this book allegedly takes two forms: the version and the version. I apparently have the version, which was edited to remove swear words and explicit love scenes to make it religion-friendly, which is definitely the case in my version.
All sex scenes are very much fade-to-black, or in the case of one scene, ends with the hero and heroine soaring towards heaven - metaphorically, I'd imagine. Unless I somehow picked up a paranromal romance book without actually catching on. Over the years she has become bitter and cold; it's her only defense against her growing despair at sleeping with men she doesn't like in a prison gilded by the gold dust of the Californian mining town she's settled in.
On one of her walks, Michael Hosea sees Angel and hears God tell him that this is the woman he is destined to marry. When he finds out what she is, he throws a mini-hissy before pulling up his britches and delivering Angel the news. She is not amused, and rebuffs him multiple times. When he marries her, she's actually unconscious from a beating. Much of the book is Angel learning to deal with her guilt and self-hatred. Her bitterness is exceptionally well done, and the pain she feels is warranted.
The epilogue of this book is straight out of a bodice ripper, and the more I found out about her backstory - neglect, abuse, rape, assault, incest, probably PTSD - the more I sympathized with her. No matter how frustrated I felt with her as a character, I always felt that her actions were in line with her character. It takes a long time before she's able to trust Michael, and when she does, it happens in stages. She trusts him with her body and her well-being long before she's willing to let him have her heart. This story is apparently a retelling of a bible story about two people named Gomer and Hosea.
I have not read the original story, so I'm not sure how accurate or true the retelling is. I will say that the story manages to stand on its own fairly well and I was engaged for the majority of the book. It was in the last quarter where I feel it begins to fail a bit, as God appears to drive Angel away from Michael because she views Michael as a god instead of Him Then one of Angel's friends tells her that she has a prayer box to remind her not to be self-sufficient, but to rely on God instead, and that whenever there's something she wants to do something about she just writes a note and puts it in the box I didn't mind the way God's voice was written in this book, however, and I thought it was clever how what I assume was the devil took the voice of Angel's abuser.
What better way to turn her away from the path of self-betterment than to take the voice of the man who made her feel as if she were beyond redemption in the first place? I also thought that the way the religion was written in this book is probably suitable for the time period in which it was written ish , because most people in the 19th century were religious, and it formed the backbone of their social circles in many cases.
Honestly, my two biggest pet peeves were that epilogue and the fact that Paul got an HEA. The epilogue annoyed me because I felt like it wasn't realistic. I get that it was intended to be a miracle, but I really did not like it. I also really did not like Paul. Ooh, I saw red when that happened. I kept thinking to myself, "If this were a bodice ripper, Paul would be killed in a stampede of cows, or in a cave-in while trying to steal someone else's gold.
I'm very glad I finally got around to reading a Francine Rivers book. She is a good writer, with a sense of characterization and pacing, and absolutely beautiful descriptions of nature. Yes, religion is a definite focal point in this book but not to the point where it's utterly preachy, either. Her Mark of the Lion series looks especially interesting, and I'm hoping I'll be able to get a copy of that on the cheap.
I love Ancient Rome. View all 5 comments. Recommended to Stacia the club by: Buddy read with Archaeologists Anonymous. Shelves: historical-romance , adult , spiritual-or-religious. Oh, if she could only be Eve again, a new creature in Paradise. Before the Fall. I had a full review typed out and accidentally closed my window without saving. Take 2 will have a couple of thoughts and a very awesome quote missing.
Michael's prayers have led him to Angel, and when he sees her, he knows that she is the one he has been praying for. However, Michael is having a hard time convincing Angel of this. For Angel is a pr Oh, if she could only be Eve again, a new creature in Paradise. For Angel is a prostitute - a woman who knows nothing of love. She was raised to be an object for men. No man has ever shown her love or respect, which makes Angel wary of Michael's good intentions.
Even though I ended up with the less-descriptive version of this story the intimate scenes were cut back , I didn't mind the lack of sex. What I did mind was the way that the editing was done, in such a manner that I felt like there were pieces missing from the overall connection between the couple.
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If I'd had the original copy, I'm sure this would be a solid 4 star or higher book for me. Will non-inspirational readers like this book? I think in many cases, yes. The message was more about patience and perseverance than anything. Michael had to wait years for his beloved Sarah Angel to let him into her heart.
Fans of stories such as Love Comes Softly will appreciate the love and effort put forth from Michael in his wait for Sarah. I was fine with God speaking to Michael and Sarah, but adding in the "dark" voice only made for a dueling-banjos or classic cartoon with the devil and angel on each shoulder effect. I feel like the story would have had more impact if there had been a few moments of quiet prodding from God, vs. It got a little noisy in the characters heads with the question and answer sessions.
The best part of this story was going on the entire journey with Michael and Sarah, from start to finish. The love might have been inspired, but getting the Happy-Ever-After was no easy feat. This is 's Gold-Rush California, where the times are hard and you have to work to carve out a life for yourself. I love frontier and pioneer stories, and getting to see how people survived in these times. I rooted for these characters and empathized with their struggles.
It made the love story that much sweeter. An extra bonus was seeing the lives of friends and people close to the main characters achieve their own happy-ever-afters. Paul and Miriam's story was lovely and a great tribute to Boaz and Ruth, one of my favorite Bible stories. All in all, I came away from this read content and inspired. I would love to take in something else from this author at another point in time. View all 20 comments. Sarah was the by-product of an affair between her mother and a wealthy married man - a father who was only interested in his mistress and wants nothing to do with his child.
He eventually dumps them, and cut off from funds and family let's just say that life on the docks isn't easy. When she's left on her own, Sarah is sold to a pedophile and eventually into prostitution. The main focus of the story begins years later as Sarah now called Angel is most highly sought after prostitute in the Cali Sarah was the by-product of an affair between her mother and a wealthy married man - a father who was only interested in his mistress and wants nothing to do with his child.
The main focus of the story begins years later as Sarah now called Angel is most highly sought after prostitute in the California gold rush town of Pair-of-Dice. Angel's not only a valuable commodity to the house she works for, but the life she's been forced to lead comes with some serious emotional baggage - does Michael have enough faith and love for both of them? But it's a seriously long road with plenty of ups and downs.
Despite wanting to have to smack Angel a few times I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. River's story is based on the Book of Hosea, and while this is Christian fiction a genre I don't normally read , I didn't find it overly preachy at all. My only quibble is with the epilogue, just skip it and let the story end where it should have. Oh, and have the tissue box handy for the ending, you'll need it. View all 22 comments.
Aug 16, Lilith rated it did not like it. There are many things, good and bad, that could be said about this book, but I have only one thing to say. Forced sex is rape. Every time. When her brother in law drives her through the wilderness and commands her to have sex with him or he will abandon her there, he is using physical and emotional force. That is pure rape. What makes me sick is that she has to "find forgiveness" for this, that he never repents, that the book never recognizes rape for what it is.
Especially after all the rape and There are many things, good and bad, that could be said about this book, but I have only one thing to say. Especially after all the rape and systematic sexual abuse this woman grew up with. This sounds like rape in the real world, where the victim is blamed and the real sin goes unnoticed and unaddressed. It's time to wake up and call it what it is. It also deeply disturbs me that so many people read this book and do not see this sickness. View all 14 comments. Mar 27, Ivan rated it did not like it. DNF page 50 I was supposed to read this to page as punishment for lost bet but I'm gonna be dishonorable scum and just bail out of it because I just can't go on with this.
This book is probably good if you are into this kind of stuff but religious romance about redeeming love for anti-romantic, cynical atheist like me was just torture. View all 13 comments. Sep 19, Lindsay - Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing. Read this years ago and realized I hadn't rated it. Such a beautiful story! I feel like my heart has just been put through the wringer. There are two versions of Redeeming Love : the original version, and the version that was sanitized to remove the coarse language and very mild love scenes to make it fit for the Inspirational market.
I bought the original version, but even with it being the original, the story still has a strong religious bent, and the love scenes are not explicit but more implied. To be honest, I put off reading this for a very lo I feel like my heart has just been put through the wringer. You have only to browse my bookshelves to know I prefer books with a bit more Angel has known nothing but a life of pain from the day she was born.
At a very young age, she was sold into prostitution, and from that point on, lives through unspeakable horrors, at times barely surviving and often asking herself why. Enter Michael Hosea. The one that would be his wife. How is he so certain? God tells him so. Michael is a man of faith, and his faith is what carries him through during the duration of this story and his heartbreaking relationship with Angel. Redeeming Love is a deeply emotional roller coaster. Be prepared for some hard-core angst.
Be prepared to cry. But in the end, my tears of pain turned to tears of joy as Michael and Angel walked through fire and came out strong on the other side. View all 23 comments.
I can safely say that I should have never started this book. I have heard about this book for ages. It pops up from time to time on friends' feeds, and with over 70, Goodreads ratings and over 1, Amazon ratings, I'd say it is a pretty popular book. When I saw this come up on NetGalley, I was hesitant to give this a try. I asked a few GR friends if they thought that this book was app I can safely say that I should have never started this book. I asked a few GR friends if they thought that this book was appropriate for someone who isn't Christian or religious, and they all said yes, that it was more of an uplifting love story than anything else.
I have to respectfully say that they were wrong. This book is very heavy on the religious themes. There is a case of insta-love as dictated by Jesus and God saving a woman from a life of despair and prostitution. The theme of the story is based on the Book of Hosea from the Bible, where God told the prophet, Hosea to marry a prostitute. It is a love and God conquers all type of story. However, religious content aside, this book is just not my speed.