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My wife wanted me to read this, and I really resisted for a while. Finally, I got the audiobook and started to listen. I didn't tell my wife for a while, because I was afraid to admit that, well, it was really good. I was really moved by the depth and tragedy of the main character, Angel (aka Sarah). I am not a fan of romance novels, westerns, or christian fiction, but this book will stick with me for a very long time. It is a very encouraging story, and will challenge you to rethink your place in life, your values, and the value of the people around you.
This book was hard for me to get into at first because of the pain of the caricatures but once I started I could not put my i pod down.... I found my self crying for angel... I have never cried while reading a book before this is the first for me. I loved this book It is my first by the author and I cant wait to purchase another. I hope you love this book as much as I have. And I loved the ending.
I sat down with the actual book and read it. I wanted my husband to 'know' about it and he doesn't make time to read. This story, based on the Old Testament couple, Hosea and Gomer, is brought into the 19th century during the Gold Rush era in California. Many times during the reading, I'm crying openly and talking to God. I found myself being changed with a permanent awareness of the Love of a heavenly Father that I never knew. This book starts slow but when it builds moves like a runaway train. After it's finished, you continue to think about these people as if they are really someone that you know. I can qualify this as the best, most transforming book I've ever read unequivicably. I strongly suggest this.
I'm a 24-year-old woman who loves to read. The longer the book, the better. The Stand, The Help and The Hunger Games are my favorites.
I will go ahead and admit that I have not read this one yet, because of the fact that audible just put this title up yesterday; however, I bought this book for my mother when we were on vacation. My mother swore up and down that she hated to read. With this book however, she couldn't put it down. She finished it inthree days, and since then, has become a very avid reader. I've heard very similar stories from friends when this book is mentioned. Every person that I've discussed this book with has encouraged me to read it even the ones who say that they aren't big on reading. What I have read so far has been awesome! The narator is good, and I enjoy the story overall. I know without having finished this book that I will love it. If my mom loves it, anyone will.
This is with out a doubt the best book I have ever read! I read my sister in laws copy while I was laid up in hospital with my back and I could not put it down. So when I got home I downloaded it for my husband to listen to in the truck. It is the perfect love story reminding us not only of how commited and forgiving real love should be but most importantly reminds us of how God is so ever patient and forgiving of us though we repeatedly prostitute our selves to the world. Would recomend this bokk to every one!
an uplifting wonderful story, i'm not a christian, but a realigous person and loved it and put me in high spirits. One of best books I've listened to on audio out of 30
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this Audio Book. It didn't take long that I couldn't stop listening! My heart broke as I listened. Sarah's seemingly happy early childhood, the devastation about not being loved and wanted by someone she so much wanted to be loved by. The surrender she felt to a life that could get no better. The every day struggle of surviving the only way she thought she could.
I felt every emotion, stop breath anticipation, and finally joy for the way the Lord Moved in her life to bring her lasting contentment and Love. Though we may not see the purpose of what we are going thru, God has a plan for all that happens to us. Most of the time we have to go thru the deepest valley, to be able to climb to the highest mountain top.
I only found out about Francine Rivers thru a month or two ago thru a bookstore clerk who couldn't say enough good about her writing, which encouraged me to download this book. I am so thankful I did!
The short interview with Francine at the end was very uplifting. I just downloaded the next book "A Voice In The Wind" and can't wait to get started with it.
If you want a heart wrenching, uplifting book this is it!
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 never thought I would enjoy a Christian romance novel (I prefer the steamy romances), but let me tell you that this book was amazingly good and so much passion! Not preachy at all. In a way, God is simply just another character is this heart wrenching tale. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued.
It's not a light 'listen', and at times was even depressing. But the writing was so spot on and the characters so real I couldn't stop. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to crawl into the book to talk with Angel, hug Michael, slap his brother, kill a bad guy, shelter a person down on their luck...etc. I can see why it has such high ratings by so many people. And it does end with a great ending. Highly recommended to all romance fans, not just the Christian set.
By far one of the most romantic love stories I've ever read. The trials that Sarah endures will make you want to jump into the book. But just when you think all hope is lost....here comes God's intervention...that takes Sarah/Angel through the unknowns of what love is truly about. What an awesome journey for many of the characters in this book. This story will touch your heart in so many ways.
"story that won't let go of you"
This is a powerful book about Love, not just our love for each other but God's love for his people. Don't let the thought that this is a christian book put you off though, it tackles some tough issues with the ultimate theme being that you can never do anything bad enough that you are unloved or unforgivable.
"From the Heart"
This book is very dark in places and my prayers go out to anyone whos life shares Angel's story. Couldn't go to bed until I had finished the last 8 hours of this book.
This has to be the best audible I have ever listened to. I originally read this book on kindle a couple of years ago and listening to the audible version confirmed it as one of my favourite novels of all time.
At times the story of Angel's life is heart wrenching. Extremely difficult subjects have been tackled sensitively. This is also a wonderful love story, the love between a man and a woman and the love of God.
When, I first started listening to this I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy the audile version. I found the readers' child voice somewhat irritating, luckily this is only a short section of the book.
This is my favourite book and it was lovely having read to me :) Would thoroughly recommend it.
I enjoy reading this book .
Michael's faith is amazing and his continue effect to pleased god.
"Really moving. Brought me to tears!"
i really loves this book. i struggled in the beginning because I didnt really like the style of the narration but the more i listened to it the more i enjoyed listening to the narration. storywise is very different to all the "christian" books i have read. it was a real "page turner" and put some perspective into real life.
"Moving, heart warming & gripping story."
This is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story of love triumphing over hopelessness. A beautiful modern take on a biblical story.
Very good book, narrated well. Story line struck heart cords and characters makes you analyse yourself.
"A real love story, with extra levels below......"
Gives plenty to think about and ponder after its done.....
Hhmmmmm - what would I have done......
It's well worth a read/listen
The rescue scenes - harrowing yet gentle....
Narrations OK, but a little slow in pace I thought.
Lump in throat several times - makes you think about your own life - and in a good way.
And it's about you too - just read the book of Hosea....
This is a book to listen to, ponder, and apply to yourself - as well as following the characters and plot. The parallels with the book of Hosea in the Bible are there, but not at all overwhelming or intrusive.
"Exciting, inspirational, thrilling"
I would most certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend. The story was gripping, very emotional, well written and well performed.
Well! I had vaguely heard the story of the prophet Hosea but never really thought about in any depth. However this story which was based on the life of the prophet, but based in the American gold rush era, was breathtaking. The story was gripping, I became so absorbed in the characters and I went through all the gamut of emotions possible whilst listening to it. The characters all had distinctive personalities and the way the author wove the religious theme into the storyline was magnetic and revealing in its application of the scripture. I didn't want it to end, even though I was longing to know what happened.
Yes, I believe that this is probably her best performance.
I wanted to know the outcome and could have listen to it in one sitting but I paced myself as I wanted to savour it. In fact, I listened to it twice in a row.
I learnt so much from this book. Thank you Francine Rivers.
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