I want you to love me. I want you to trust me enough to let me love you, and I want you to stay here with me so we can build a life together. That’s what I want. – Michael Hosea
Redeeming Love has just wrecked my whole heart with an incredible story about redemption and forgiveness. I am truly kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Although Redeeming Love is a faith-based book with mentions of God, I recommend it to anyone old enough to understand its weight.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a story about a woman who was sold into prostitution at a young age and has known no other life. She is ready to die when a man enters her life who full of love, compassion, and faith. Michael shows her a love through grace that Angel has trouble accepting. Although Angel finally has a life she could never imagine, she continues to run away and seek redemption in all the wrong places. Redeeming Love is a loose retelling of the biblical story of Hosea.
What I Thought
This remarkable romance has been sitting on my shelf since 2011. Yep, 2011! I have been told by numerous women over and over that this is their favorite book and a must-read, but I just never thought I would like it. Although I am a Christian, sometimes religious books put me off, so I just wasn’t sure what to. In an effort to spend less money on books, I picked Redeeming Love off my shelf. I read the first 50 pages or so on an airplane and was anxious to continue the story!
Redeeming Love starts out very dark and a little slow. I’m not going to lie that the prologue took me a good bit to get into, but once you begin Angel’s story, it will haunt you until the end.
So let’s just get a few things out of the way: this story deals with some very mature topics – sex trafficking, rape, child abuse, and prostitution. It cuts right to the core, but I thought Rivers did an excellent job at not being too descriptive and keeping it classy.
I love a good love story, but Redeeming Love goes far beyond just love. The way Michael pursues Angel is an example as to how we should pursue our husbands and wives. The story mirrors how God loves us, pursues us, and never gives up on us. It magnifies how there is absolutely nothing we can do to make God give up on us. We are his children and he has a plan for our lives.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Redeeming Love is a story that should be reread and shared! I would encourage everyone to read it and dig deep into the stories of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.
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