Sunday, July 21, 2013

Redeeming Love By Francine Rivers Book Review

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Title: Redeeming Love
Author: Francine Rivers
Source: Review Book
Number Of Pages: 479
ISBN: 978-1-59052-513-5
Publisher: Multnomah
Publication Date: 1997
Madi's Rating: 2 Out Of 5 Stars
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California's gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father's heart in everything, Michael obeys God's call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel's every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband's pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does ... the One who will never let her go.
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 I don't even know where to begin with this book. I loved how the plot was based on the Bible story "Hosea", and that it showed me that there is absolutely no one beyond God's reach. But that's about the only thing I liked about it. This book was INTENSE. I realize the main girl was a former prostitute, but MUST you go into such vivid detail? I had to skip several pages just to get to a part that I was comfortable reading. I figured that since this book was in the Christian/Fiction genre that it would be just as clean as the other books that I read. Wrong. There should be an age recommendation on this thing. RATED R. INAPPROPRIATE DIALOG. NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18. Any of these would have been helpful. This is the third Francine Rivers book that I have read, and you can be absolutely sure that I won't be reading any more novels by her.
Now, just because I wasn't a fan of this book, doesn't mean that you wouldn't be. If you are older, maybe married with a family or something, then I think that you would find this book encouraging. It's just not something that I personally was comfortable with. It just depends on you personal convictions. 
 ~The Literary Maidens

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Madi! I was reading your month in review post and had to look up this review - seeing 2 stars next to a Francine Rivers novel surprised me!

    I completely understand how you feel. I think that is why the publisher put the disclaimer at the beginning of the book (maybe your copy didn't have it?) - however, I would recommend you giving her a second chance. It's true her novels are "intense" but, they are definitely NOT this sexually graphic.

    I haven't read all her books, but I did read the Mark of the Lion series, and enjoyed it very much.

    I know you have a full "book bag!" But you may consider reading her again in the future.



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