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Redeeming Love | [Francine Rivers]

Redeeming Love

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.
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Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a best-selling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

©1997 Francine Rivers; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jo Prince George, VA, USA 06-08-09
    Jo Prince George, VA, USA 06-08-09
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    "Not Just For Girls"

    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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-16-09
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "this is the best book I have ever read......"

    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.
    Heather

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Meaghan Wartrace, TN, United States 08-02-08
    Meaghan Wartrace, TN, United States 08-02-08 Member Since 2006

    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.

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    "really awesome and amazing"

    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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Nelishia Cartersville, GA, USA 01-04-10
    Nelishia Cartersville, GA, USA 01-04-10
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    "POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING"

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie FreelingAustralia 04-06-10
    Natalie FreelingAustralia 04-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Best story of love and forgiveness ever!"

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Saint Louis, MO, USA 12-17-08
    Andrew Saint Louis, MO, USA 12-17-08
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    "fabulous"

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    11-05-08
    11-05-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A Change of Heart"

    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!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Houston, TX, USA 03-05-10
    Elizabeth Houston, TX, USA 03-05-10
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    ""Sarah, my name is Sarah.""

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diann Lubbock, TX, USA 07-17-09
    Diann Lubbock, TX, USA 07-17-09
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    "The Love of God"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Shono QLD, Australia 11-15-08
    Shono QLD, Australia 11-15-08 Listener Since 2008

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    "wow!!! My first audio book expeience"

    Having not being a huge reader myself (mainly not finding the time to with such a digital life these days) I turned my attention to listening to Audio books whilst at work.
    Found a review on the internet of this book and was compelled to try it out. As also being a believer of the Lord Jesus this book was even more inviting.
    Such a beautiful story of how much God really loves and cares for us all, and how he came to save the sinners/lost.
    Recommend this book to all.
    Cheers and Blessings

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • anna
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    4/13/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Hagfoot
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Redeeming Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What three words best describe Kate Forbes’s performance?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    3/31/11
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    This is my favourite book and it was lovely having read to me :) Would thoroughly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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