Redeeming Love - A review
So this is my first book review. It reminds me a little of when I was at school and you would write about the books you read during the holidays.
Anyway I have just finished a book that deserves to be talked about. The most beautiful book I have read and I am not ashamed to say that now that I have finished it, I miss it. I miss their lives and the page turning story that I couldn't wait to finish but didn't want to end.
I have always enjoyed reading and have followed a few different authors over the years but never Christian writers. I am not sure why not or what I thought I'd be getting with Christian non fiction but for my birthday I asked my mum to buy me a Christian novel and she gave me Francine Rivers, Redeeming love assuring me I would love it and she was absolutely right.
As a mother of two young children I have in the past picked up books started them and not been able to keep up the momentum to get through them but this was never going to be the case with this book. Not only was it hard to put down but the story was so all consuming and vivid that when I was forced to put it down for a week or so I could jump right back in to it without missing a beat or losing the plot line.
So, Redeeming love, the story of a betrayed child, grown in to a broken woman. Selling herself not only because she needed to but because she knew nothing else. She could see the rest of her life mapped out in front of her and in a way her hardened heart had made peace with it. And then there was Michael. A man so determined to follow God, so determined to love her that they would take each other to braking point.
Make no mistake this is a Christian story, it is based on the story of Hosea in the Bible. God is one of the main characters in the story line and their lives are wrapped around their spiritual struggles, there are biblical references and if you don't like that then you may struggle with this book but for me God's words and the underlining messages in this story jumped off the pages at me in a bold and powerful way.
This book was so griping, and heart wrentching, Sometimes beautiful, sometimes sad. It gave me butterflies and brought me to tears. It sucked me in to their lives so much that I found myself thinking about it all the time as if these were real people in my life. It is natural to try to second guess when reading, to attempt to figure out where the book is going and with this style of book you can be fairly assured of an ending that looks some what happy but that did not change the fact that it was hard to work out what that ending would look like and that it turned so many times I found myself getting frustrated with my own reading speed as I tried to read faster and faster almost skipping words to try to find out what was happening.
"A must read" is a term used all the time when new books are released but it has never been as true as with this book. The only down side is my next book has big boots to fill and I am worried there will never be another book quite like Redeeming love.
And as for Christian non fiction, I'm hooked! My next book sitting by the bed is Francine Rivers, Bridge to Haven and I am sure a review will follow for you