In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God's unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love
opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this "soiled dove," he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life. Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story, a talent that has propelled her into the spotlight as one of the most popular novelists in the genre of Christian fiction. This is one of her best. --Cindy Crosby
"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, quote sited from an interview with Ted Koeppel, ABC News
"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 and founder of New Life Ministries
"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 MagdaleneFrom the Hardcover edition.