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Redeeming Love. Californias 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 meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Fathers heart in everything, Michael obeys Gods call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angels every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husbands pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does the One who will never let her go.
A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of Gods unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Associations top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.
Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life. For more information visit Francine’s website, www.FrancineRivers.com.
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Reader Response to Redeeming Love
August 31, 2011
When Im asked what responses Ive received from readers, I am always cautious in answering. For one thing, many of the letters Ive received are extremely personal and come from wells of pain and suffering.
Ive had letters from men and women who have experienced all manner of abuse. Some events happened during childhood, others continue to experience suffering in their marriages and relationships. Some readers identify with Michael, suffering over the infidelity of a beloved spouse. Others identify with Angel and her horrifying childhood.
Ive received letters from prostitutes, incest survivors, rape victims, battered wives, faithful, loving husbands married to an Angel, men and women in prison where theyre facing their past and crying out to God for answers. Ive also received letters from counselors and facilities that offer help or a place of safety and healing.
In every case, I know that God has made…[Read On]
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Ever wonder how Redeeming Love came to be? See below for answers from Francine:
How did you get started as a writer?
From the time I was a child, I knew I would be a writer. Because I didnt know what I would write, I majored in English (emphasis in literary writing) and minored in journalism (emphasis on who-what-when-where-why). My parents had always been non-fiction readers. Ricks family loved all kinds of books and lots of fiction. Mom Edith loaned me novels and I loved them. On a dare (from Rick) I decided to write a combination of my favorite genres and wrote a western-gothic-romance. Romance novels were booming in the general market, publishers were on the look-out for new writers. My first manuscript sold and was published. I was hooked! I followed with eight or nine more (of what I call my B.C. (before Christ) books). They are all now out of print, are never to be reprinted, and are not recommended.
When I turned my life over to Jesus, I couldnt write for three years. I tried, but nothing worked. I struggled against God over that because writing was my identity. It took that period of suffering writers block to bring me to my senses. God was trying to open my eyes to how writing had become an idol in my life. It was the place I ran to escape, the one area of my life where I thought I was in complete control. (Hardly!) My priorities were all wrong and needed to be put right. God first, husband and children second (we had three children by then) and third– work. I prayed God would change my heart. My love for writing and reading novels waned and my passion for reading and studying Gods Word grew.
Rick and I began hosting a home Bible study. I began working with Rick in his business. The children came along and played in the office, hiding in the shipping popcorn. Writing ceased to matter. I was in love with Jesus and my husband and children. God never stops with the transformation process. We began studying the book of Hosea, and I sensed God calling me to write again this time a romance about Jesus love for each of us. Redeeming Love was the result. It is the retelling of the Hosea story, set in Gold Rush-era California. After I turned it in, I wasnt sure whether I would write anything more. I had so many questions about what it means to be a Christian, how to live for God, different issues that still haunted me. I felt God nudging me toward using my writing as a tool to draw closer to Him. I would ask my question, create characters that would play out the different viewpoints and seek Gods perspective. I began work on A Voice in the Wind. Writing has become a way to worship the Lord through story to show how intimately He wants to be involved in our lives.
Which is your favorite book of those youve written?
My favorite book is Redeeming Love. It was my first as a born-again Christian, my statement of faith, and the most exciting year Ive spent writing anything. I felt Gods presence throughout the months of work, as though He were telling me His story through thousands of Scriptures as well as explaining the inner heart-ache and quest of each my characters.
Which character is your favorite?
My favorite character is Michael Hosea from Redeeming Love. He is like Jesus the lover of my soul.
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