It's amazing to read an allegory that speaks so deeply of the love of God in life. What brought tears to my eyes was not the way the author worded her lines, but rather the truth that stood behind them.
If you want to see how much God loves in a parable, this is a beautiful one. If you want to see His grace and forgiveness in a story, listen here.
This book touched my soul. Not because it is a story that has never been told before, but because it is the oldest story ever told in a new way.
It is gospel written in the life of a young woman who needed Him.
This book was recommended to me by several people, so obviously, my opinion is simply another opinion. Most people seem to love the book. I found the heroine deeply irritating throughout the first half of the book--maybe even longer. It is a sad story and ultimately a story of redemption and I gave it two stars (rather than one) because I did manage to finish it--after quitting several times. And I did manage to care about the characters. But it was with effort on my part. I found it unbelievable on many levels and also very repetitive. It could have been half the length. I just didn't find the writing very compelling. Many others have, so it is just a matter of taste. This one is not my cup of tea.
I'm not a fan of Christian fiction generally. I think most of it is insipid - poorly written, trite, and weak on the spiritual aspects.
There is a reason that Francine Rivers is a beloved author and a bestseller in Christian fiction. She was a successful write of historical romances - the steamy stuff. And then she met Jesus Christ, who transformed her life and her writing. After 3 years away from writing anything, the Lord gave her a vision for her first Christian novel - an adaptation of the book of Hosea, set in 1850s gold rush California with a Godly man who is seeking God's will and the prostitute that God put in his life as his wife.
Rivers does a good job on the adaptation. Her characters are well drawn, fully human, people who are real and flawed. The truth about love, forgiveness, grace and mercy, judgment, and redemption are all present.
My only complaint is that the book seemed long. It seemed that with some editing it could have been more concise, less repetitive. But maybe that's just me.
I listening to Redeeming Love very much. Narrator, Kate Forbes, did a good job.
The story is entertaining/heartbreaking but the pace is a little slow. The author talks slowly and the writing is a bit fluffy, so it takes awhile to move the plot forward. (We listened to it at an accelerated speed and it didn't feel rushed at all) However, once my fiance and I got into the heart of the story, we were hooked. It was a very powerful message that left us both feeling convicted and encouraged. The ending is so perfect that it made every exaggerated pause was well worth it!! We all need to hear this story.
This is not a book I would read over and over again, but not because of how it was written (it's excellently written). Throughout the story Francine Rivers' description of the characters makes them come alive and so I found myself enraged, frustrated, saddened, and anxious to hear what was coming. I didn't want to put the book down, and it's 17 hours long! I found myself listening when I was making dinner or sitting in front of the television with my husband in the evenings.
The situations in the book made me feel intense emotions and I am grateful that Rivers wrote a book with this content. I will definitely recommend it to others, with a warning to be prepared to have their lives changed.
The reader was okay for me. Not the best. She generally had one tone through the whole book, which didn't always work with the storyline.
This book helped me remember that God Loves me regardless of my past. And how to accept love from others even though I might not think I deserve it. Wow! Moving, emotional, confirming and rejoiceful. Well crafted to bring out the true emotion of the relationship between us and the Father. Awesome and again thank you.
This book is so incredible. The writing is good, narration is good, but the story itself is just so powerful. I think it speaks to women of all backgrounds. I've listened to it four times now, and this time will probably not be the last.
The story; what an incredible story!
The closing chapter when Sarah walks to Michael across the field....wow, what a description written by this talented author....you could just see it in your mind!
A voice that matches the character so well!
I love listening to books:)
Loving you is Easy, Misty Eyez
YES very much - this is a tale of Timeless Love - This story takes place in the gold rush era, yet it is easily translates into the lives of the post Millennium reader today. Love is Pure - and Love is True - or at least in the case of Michael Jose. We follow the amazing story of Angel a young girl sold into slavery prostitution and watch/enjoy as her surprising life unfolds.
Angel - for I relate to her the most, but I fell in love with Michael and pray for him to be in my life one day. However, I must say my favorite character is Paul for he accurately portrays 99% of Christians and they way they cannot look at you without judgement. Judgement is the opposite of love.
no but she was brilliant at the different tones and voices for each character.
The End - but I wont spoil it for you.
I really loved this book and Im so glad I listened to it.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I have had 'Redeeming Love' sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Years, in fact. I had heard from so many friends about how wonderfully beautiful the book was, how I must read it, how my life would change after reading it. I tried several times to delve into the large book's pages but never really got very far. I thought that listening to it might be a good idea.
The story is set in the middle 1800s, and Sara is a happy young child living with her mother. Once in awhile, her biological father would visit but it was very apparent that he was jealous of Sara. He had a wife and children of his own, and he wanted Sara's mother to pay attention to just him and not her child. He cast her out of her 'kept woman' status and ended up dying in an old shack, leaving Sara to child molesters and criminals.
Cut to about 10 years later and Sara, now known as 'Angel,' is a high priced prostitute in a brothel. She is angry and bitter at the world, but her beauty knows no bounds. She meets Michael, who is told by God that he is supposed to marry Sara and bring her home.
Michael does just this, and a tumultuous relationship begins as Michael tries to tear down the walls that Angel has bitterly built over the years of abuse and abandonment. Michael takes his instruction from God and the scriptures, and seemingly will not give up on his new wife. Sara has a very hard time accepting that she is worthy of love, and trusting any man.
The book 'Redeeming Love' is a wonderful story, if you like Christian Fiction. The problem I had with it, was the writing was too simplistic and the story was very repetitive. It was also so very predictable. I think younger readers might find the book more appealing, especially those younger readers who may enjoy Christian Fiction. The narration was very good, but the story itself was much too long. I am not the greatest fan of romance, so it may be that I am just jaded, however; although I am glad I finally listened to 'Redeeming Love,' I wouldn't want to read it again or ready anything else similar to the story.