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FREE DOWNLOAD â Redeeming Love ✓ 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 emptyHiness and fear And so Angel runs Back to the darkness away from her husband’s pursuing love terrified of the truth she can no longer deny Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even than Michael Hosea doesthe One who will never let her go A life changing story of God’s unconditional redemptive all consuming love back cove. 45 stars Redeeming Love is one of those must read romances worth reading at least once There are two versions of Redeeming Love This is a review of the original 1991 version The 1997 version is basically the same as the original but was edited to remove any descriptions of the love scenes and any coarse language to make it suitable for the Christian marketBased on the Book of Hosea from the Bible where God told the prophet Hosea to marry the prostitute Gomer Go marry a prostitute and have children with her here we have Michael Hosea a farmer being told by God to marry Angel a local whore in the 1850s goldfields of California Author Francine Rivers wrote historical romances and historical fiction before she became a Christian Redeeming Love written in 1991 bridges the writing of her original romances and her later Christian fiction illustrating well the old and new Francine Rivers in the one book The original does contain some coarse language eg son of a bitch damn bastard etc and some descriptive love scenes not contained in the second version The original holds up better in my opinion as a romance than the revised version with emphasis on their relationship and the physicality of it Nevertheless both versions contain the same plot For those who prefer a clean read then the edited or Christian version is preferableAlthough it is peppered throughout with Bible verses I don't think they're intrusive It is afterall a Christian story based on a book of the Bible and written by a Christian My only real complaint is that often it lends itself to cheesiness but that's my complaint about most if not all romances He felt her loosen and melt in his arms and he sent her up again in to the heavens joining her there and holding on to the moment as long as he could before the slow descent back to earthOh to You be the glory Lord LordUm okayOn my fourth read of this story over the years I don't view it with the same wide eyed romantic wonder as I first did The prose is average at best the historical setting adeuate The stubbornness of Angel in refusing to accept Michael's love and her conseuent running off was overdone and tiresome Michael himself often forces Angel to do his bidding believing as he does that it's for her best and so their relationship comes across as patronising and paternalistic at timesSome of his thoughts and reactions are not those of a Godly man Some of the tragedies that beset Angel's wretched life seem gratuitous Francine Rivers seemingly wanted to heap mankind's collective sin onto the head of this poor woman Some of the scenes are unnecessarily explicit The conclusion is way too neat with its fairy tale ending Yet Redeeming Love still holds up as an allegory of God's love for humankind Love forgiveness and redemption It is one of those rare novels that though based on a story from the Bible manages to captivate an audience who may not claim any Christian beliefs It can be at times depressing heart wrenching horrifying and preachy Yet it is also uplifting glorifying hope filled and romanticDespite some reservations Redeeming Love is still a worthy read for lovers of Christian fiction and for lovers of romance Even if you don't end up loving it it is so popular so highly rated and reviewed that it's worth reading just the once Because despite its flaws for me it still manages to resonate with the ideal of true love and the romantic notions of love conuers allSteam 25

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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 m. I'm not even going to attempt to review this one because I doubt that I could do it justice Besides there's over a thousand reviews of this book on GR hard to believe I must have been one of the few people who haven't read this book Anyway it was definitely the best book I've read all year and probably one of the best books I've EVER read It was easy to read the story flowed very smoothly yet emotionally it was very difficult to read Parts of the book just tore me up inside and I had to take freuent breaks to wipe my tears I loved the broken and bitter prostitute heroine Angel and the saintly patient too good to be true farmer hero Michael But to categorize them that way seems so unfair because they were so much than thatI guess this book could be called religious fiction or inspirational romance but don't let that scare you It's based on the bible story of Hosea and Gomer but you don't have to be up on your bible studies to enjoy this one And it gets just slightly preachy at the end but you won't care because you'll be too wrapped up in Angel and Michael The book deals with some really horrible and heartbreaking stuff child rape prostitution incestbut not in real explicit terms and just when you think you've read the worst something else is revealed that will break your heart all over again But please try to get through those moments because there is a beautifully written romance too about unconditional love faith and hope I must have cried buckets while reading the last 100 pages but it was worth it I don't think I'll forget this story for uite a while 5 stars

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Redeeming LoveEets Michael Hosea A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything Michael Hosea 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 unwort. I didn't get very far into this before realising that it was R rated Luckily I got it free so haven't wasted any money and can happily throw it away One of the most troubling things about this book is that there are a number of reviews from non Christians commenting on the graphic nature of this book and stating that they wouldn't have thought the writer was a Christian That alone explains why Christian authors need to be careful with their content they are representing JesusI am aware that this is meant to be based on the book of Hosea in the Bible However Rivers presents her main character as a prostitute prior to her marriage What are the moral implications of God’s command for Hosea to marry a prostitute It appears best to see Gomer as chaste at the time of marriage to Hosea only later having become an immoral woman The words “take yourself a wife of harlotry” are to be understood proleptically ie looking to the future An immoral woman could not serve as a picture of Israel coming out of Egypt 215; 910 who then later wandered away from God 111 Chapter 3 describes Hosea taking back his wife who had been rejected because of adultery a rejection that was unjustifiable if Hosea had married a prostitute with full knowledge of her characterThe first few chapters dealt with child rape child trafficking brothels drunkenness adultery deaththat was enough If Rivers was trying to relay events in Hosea I don't understand why she felt the need to include child rape and trafficking in her narrative It just makes a tragic story even depraved The point of Hosea is God's love towards unfaithful Israel despite their waywardness It is not focused on the graphic exploits of GomerI don't recommend this book which is full of graphic detail for shock value For those who will no doubt comment that the book of Hosea also contains graphic scenes of a similar nature It doesn't The whole focus is on Israel's unfaithfulness and God's pending judgement It is not on the details of Gomer's sinThe popularity of this book and some of the comments are representative of the God as love or some kind of divine romancer beliefs that are prevalent as if God needs us and is desperate for us rather than the other way around The author writes that God says Though you deny me I love you with an everlasting love That is not in line with Scripture where God does not love with an everlasting love those who deny Him God hates sin and sinners and demands obedience Yes God loves us and forgives us when we sin if we approach Him through trust in Jesus but that doesn't give us a licence to sin or to presume upon His grace Redemption the supposed theme of this book should lead to a complete transformation of heart and life those seeking a cleaner read by Francine Rivers and to prove that I'm not just being deliberately controversial try The Atonement Child or And the Shofar Blew or even The Last Sin Eater but avoid Bridge to Haven The Scarlet Thread is mediocre EnjoyCheck out my Francine Rivers shelf