Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Finding Redeeming Love

A friend from church recently recommended Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers as a must-read. Her recommendation came at the perfect time -- just as our family was heading to the beach for an extended holiday weekend. I was immediately swept up by this California Gold-Rush era love story, which is based on the biblical account of the prophet Hosea and his wife, Gomer, a prostitute. The book was so engrossing, I found it difficult to put down -- even to dip my toes in the ocean! It has also piqued my interest in reading the Old Testament book of Hosea. Although Hosea has been referenced in Bible studies I have participated in, I don't believe I have ever read the book straight through or studied it in-depth. If you are hoping to settle in with a good book when the weather turns cooler this fall, I would suggest Redeeming Love. Find it here.

And stay tuned for ideas on hosting a book-club style dinner and discussion sometime this fall!

18 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

This is my favorite fiction book of all times!!!

VERY interested in a follow along book club!

Sandy Toes said...

Never heard of it..sounds intriguing!
sandy toe

Laura said...

Great series of books by an outstanding author. There a couple more books that she has authored that are just as riveting.

Jennifer said...

Melissa,
I read this book start to finish in one day. I stayed up till 4 in the morning to finish and cried like a baby through a lot of it. It is one of my favorite books of all time. You say it's based on the book of Hosea - but you can also look at it as how God loves us - even though we sin and have sinned. Love love love this book.

Queen Pea said...

i will look for this book. thank you for the suggestion. the biblical account of Hosea is exactly that. it forshadows how God dealt with the Isrealites. that is why Hosea was told to marry Gomer. and so too, with us, we sin many many times and God continues to forgive us and accept us as his children. i love the book of Hosea. again thank you.

tonie said...

IF YOU LOVE THIS BOOK READ HER BOOK ATONEMENT CHILD OR THE SCARLET THREAD. THEY ARE BOTH GREAT READS!

Mrs. Sensibility said...

I read this book a few years ago also. It certainly leaves one with a better understanding of redemption.

Laura said...

OMGoodness!! This is the best book evah!!

tina foster said...

Hi Melissa!
I have truly enjoyed reading the "Mark of the Lion" trilogy also by Francine Rivers. If you can just get past the first 100 pages, you will fall in love with the characters and never read the NT epistles the same way again. Such historical insight. Be warned, not a light read. I have the set if you'd like to borrow them.

Mrs. C... said...

Absolutely love this book, and loved reading Hosea with it. What stands out to me, is how much Hosea is like God, in the fact that he kept seeking Gomer out, even though she could have been cast out for her actions. Amazing Grace is what we have in HIM.

Ginny said...

Yes, Yes, and Yes...read that book!!! All time my favorite!!!

T. Brodie said...

I will be honest- I was not extremely interested when she suggested it, but LOVED it! Chris hates when I get a new book because I go straight through it!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

interesting - i'll have to look into it. i need a good nonfiction book that i'll enjoy and not feel like it's drudgery. (does that make sense?! who thinks reading is WORK, anyway?? - i guess with four kids, sometimes i do!) the reviews here in the comments were all positively glowing, so i'll give it a look-see!

thanks for the recommendation!
k

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Oh my, our Mom loovves this book!
We have not read it yet... but she keeps reminding us that we need too!
Karla & Karrie

sweeter and the bubbas said...

Oh dear, I have been putting off reading it and I don't know why!!!
:-) I am starting it tomorrow...

We are going to the movies tomorrow after church. Can you come???

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I have wanted to read it and just have not gotten around to it...

odomfamilyfun said...

This is such a wonderful book! Francine Rivers is an excellent author and I have read just about all of her books. Our library has them all and one of my favorites (besides Redeeming Love) was Leota's Garden. This is an easy, quick read and such a wonderful story!

Wanda said...

http://mellettemoments.blogspot.com/2009/05/redeeming-love-take-my-challenge.html

Check out my post from May! I adore that same book! What a read! My hubby and I just listened to The Scarlet Thread - another good one!

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