April Book Report: Redeeming Love

March got away from me and I missed my book report, but am happy to bring you April’s book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

The first time I remember hearing about it was back in my BLC small group – so 2006/7 ish maybe? Several friends suggested I read it. I went to Kenya and one of the girls was reading it. I know myself well enough to know that if everyone else likes something, I will question it. So I never read it – or wanted to.

003And then the book crept back into conversations in August of last year. So, I asked around for a copy to read and my friend,  Jill had an extra copy that she gave me. (It smells of her apartment and reminds me of her everytime I open it.) The book sat in a stack of other books I wanted to read in the corner of my room. For whatever reason, I brought it with me to Uganda, still a little reluctant about the story.

I started it on a Thursday night. And finished it Saturday morning. I could NOT put it down. And when I got to the end, I had those hysterical, embarrassing tears that you don’t want anyone to see you cry.

It’s a love story set in the late 1800s, based on the book of Hosea. The words jump off the page and the characters are brought to life – dancing, stumbling, seeking God. And you see a woman who doesn’t feel worthy of love because of her mistakes. And a man who tells her those mistakes aren’t who she is.

Each chapter begins with a note, or verse that goes along with the chapter: “The prince of darkness is a gentleman” by William Shakespeare, or this one in Romans:

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After finishing the story, I couldn’t help but flip to Hosea in the bible and read through again the story of God’s powerful love for sinful people. And just like the incident with the lion – reading the words takes on new meaning for me now. Not only the unfailing love of God when I am wayward, but also for Hosea’s obedience to God in doing something that would bring him pain. Which, seems to be a common theme for me this year.

I think this book would be a good read for anyone, but just understand that bible verses are woven into the story. You don’t have to read into it as much as I did. And to be fair, halfway through the story, the main female character’s name changes to Amanda – so I was probably going to internalize the words anyways. If your name isn’t Amanda, you may not have this problem.  😀

Got any books you would suggest as a good read? Want to borrow this book? Let me know!
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3 Responses to April Book Report: Redeeming Love

  1. lyndseyham@msn.com says:

    Best book ever!

    Lyndsey Ham

    Please excuse any typos sent from my HTC smartphone that’s not always that smart!

  2. Laura says:

    I am impressed with two blog posts in one day… or at least I am just now reading them not sure Thanks for sharing your thought. I love reading your blogs!

  3. carrie says:

    I liked that book too! Read it a long time ago; maybe worth a re-read!

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