This is one of my favorite books! (5223). Redeeming Love By Francine Rivers - FictionDB. Shop now. Shame is a theme that has stood out very clearly! The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. This is not a book I would recommend to YA audiences, as it is deals with mature content for adult readers. Narrated by Kate Forbes If you enjoyed this review, please consider following Reads & Roses. Michael takes her back. At least, that’s how iconic the novel seems to have become in many Christian circles. By the middle of the book, I was tiring. She “flew” with her husband “into the heavens”? California's gold country, 1850. And that the ultimate comes when there are no more layers, no more hiding – Angel’s state when she went back to Michael the last time, never to leave again. By … &(me), http://www.francinerivers.com/blog/sex-trafficking-awareness. Naomi Sterling and John Bancroft are lovers. With Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen, Logan Marshall-Green. Thanks for stopping by Reads & Roses. The novel was re-released by Multnomah Publishers in 1997. Logan Marshall-Green, Abigail Cowen, Nina Dobrev, Famke Janssen & More Star In ‘Redeeming Love’ Adaptation From ‘Eagle Eye’ Helmer D.J. I review books from different genres weekly, so be sure to subscribe and get new ideas for your TBR list! Maybe there wasn’t any more. It had never felt like this, warm and wonderful, exciting and right. There are many people like Angel/Sarah out there and this book, even with all of its flaws, was an incredible tool to bring healing to them. You are clearly a self-gratifying contemporary woman. Reads and Roses is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window). At times I felt like this was less a romance novel and more of a contemporary fable. I’m baffled. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Thank you for signing up for my newsletter! We have new and used copies available, in 12 editions - starting at $1.45. However, after actually reading the book, I personally see the claim as lacking foundation. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Maybe the author os this article needs to study the book of Hosea in the bible. I actually couldn’t put the book down when I first read it and it remains one of the best novels I’ve ever read. But the author didn’t write it for kicks in giggles. Note: I am straying from my typical Young Adult book reviews to review this book. Has reading this novel changed or enlightened you? It's a beautiful love story with themes running through it from the Book of Hosea in the Bible. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel's life to draw her into the Savior's redeeming love. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. ReadingGroupGuides Angel leaves. Directed by William Desmond Taylor. Can she be redeemed? I’ll conclude my review with, what I believe, is the enduring strength of the tale and, perhaps, its primary redemptive quality. Each time he came, he was more determined. And obviously it is well written enough yo sell quite a few books. Because it was released by general market publisher, the book did not hold completely explicit Christian content, such as the baptismal scene in the book and Angel’s Christian conversion; however, when the book went out of print several years later, Rivers got the rights back to her book and made the additions to the novel. Browse our 2 arrangements of "Redeeming Love." I also find it extremely interesting that Redeeming Love was first published in the general market. Reviewing Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love was, for me, a lot like treading on holy ground. REVIEWS: Redeeming Love : Readers Favorite Mike Duran Goodreads Book Companion A story of love that won't let go - no matter what! I suppose that enables you to see loopholes in Francine Rivers’ writing – the short sentences etc – which simply wouldn’t bother the lay reader like me. In the book she was ALSO numb for years and years and severely calluses from any feeling that was depicted beautifully in the book. 12. I took a step in healing and this literally saved my marriage and my life. Wonderful book. Amen and amen. With Kathlyn Williams, Thomas Holding, Wyndham Standing, Herbert Standing. Like this one where the protags finally have, um, sexual relations: When he kissed her, Angel was lost in a wilderness of new sensations. All they saw was her beauty, a flawless veil wrapped around a frozen heart, and they were enthralled. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. To me, it smacks of discomfort with natural, unguarded relaxed language – the true kind that people can relate too when they don’t let their inner editor sneer at them like the meanies in the in-group during high school). The girl loves frivolous things and Bancroft, a divinity student, finally estranges himself from her by his continual efforts to preach to her. The short sentences work in those graphs you cite because they are apropos to the seething the girl feels in one scene (exactly how often do you spew streams multi-clause sentences when you’re livid- unless you’re on Designing Women?). While I sincerely hope this isn’t “the best Christian Romance novel” out there, I believe Ms. Rivers captures something that is essential to good Christian fiction — a portrayal of the hellish depths of human depravity and the vast, unrelenting scope of God’s love. It has taken me YEARS with a lot of Christian support, learning about human behaviour, and God’s inner healing to be in touch with them. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian bestsellers list for nearly a decade. These are just a few questions that went through my mind. Sold into prostitution as a child … So several weeks ago when I took the Romance Challenge and pledged to read one Christian Romance novel, Redeeming Love was, as I expected, one of the most oft-recommended selections. Discover what genre Redeeming Love, 1916, directed by William D. Taylor, with Kathlyn Williams, Thomas Holding, Wyndham Standing, belongs at Turner Classic Movies She was tired of trying to think up lies to make him happy. As far as pronouns are concerned, the big mistake would have been if Rivers felt she needed to use proper nouns all the time. Angel’s finally coming around. Michael believes that Angel, a high-priced prostitute in Pair-a-Dice, is the woman God has called him to marry. I personally thought it is a wonderfully riveting book. How to use redeeming in a sentence. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s amidst California's gold country. None of the old rules applied. I struggled through this book for two main reasons: Mediocre prose and redundancy. She is forced to face her dark past and accept love for the first time, ultimately, the love of a God who never stops pursuing the lost and redeeming the broken – no matter how lost or broken they are. So she runs back to her old life, the life that feels safe, but is really dangerous and deceptive. I just finished this book and loved it. I wouldn’t refer to the book as edgy, though the author definitely doesn’t skirt around issues, but I hardly think her aim was to be edgy… Redeeming Love updates the Old Testament book of Hosea to the American West of the 1850s and tells the story of a prostitute named Angel, who is eventually reformed and converted to Christianity by the stoic patience and love of a frontier farmer … I labored through Redeeming Love, in part, because of this. He waited, for what she didn’t know. At each stage when Angel leaves, there are completely different issues involved, and I think it’s a beautiful picture of the stages of our growth in the Lord until we are able to leave our old selves behind and fully accept His love… I thought it was skillfully portrayed that we have layers and layers which we keep having to take off in order to receive more of Him. Was the book’s ABA success necessary for its CBA acquisition? this book captured the essence of what it is like to be a sinner and saved by Gods grace. Notice the employment (I’d say, overuse) of short, clipped sentences. It's a beautiful love story with themes running through it from the Book of Hosea in the Bible. In the same way a person needn’t be conventional to be beautiful, neither does a book, and it’s silly for any reader or writer – me included – to assign those standards when judging. Just read this book for a book club, and I have to say that I was disappointed for many of the same reasons given in this review. (1238). Yes, Rivers shows flashes of poetry. He wanted her. Another problem I had with the book is the 16 year old moving in with the bitter widower: how ridiculous! It’s hard not to have high expectations going into this book (especially seeing the 760+ 5 star reviews at Amazon) and, try as I might, I couldn’t disentangle this praise from my reading. But when God tells Michael Hosea to marry her, she learns to love---until fear overwhelms her and she returns to her former life. The film is based on Rivers' best-selling 1991 novel of the same name and is set in the … Iam one of them. Could not put it down till I was finished. They looked into her angel eyes and were lost. Angel, the orphaned girl turned prostitute, exemplifies the sinful wreckage of humanity, our wanderlust, our hardness of heart. Frankly, there was a simplicity in the writing of this book that made it exceedingly readable. This is a topic I talk a lot about on my website and, frankly, is one of the reasons I decided to read Redeeming Love. Caruso. Bundle: Please login to view pricing, or register now Redeeming Love. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. After Angel’s third defection and restoration, I wanted to stand up and shout, “I get it already!”. While Masterpiece was good, I can understand why readers fell in love with Redeeming love. You can download your free copy of "The Ghost Box", The New Demographic: Christians Who Don’t Like Christian Fiction. Title: Redeeming Love Author: Francine Rivers Genre: Christian, Historical, Romance Publisher: Multnomah Release Date: 1997 Note: I am straying from my typical Young Adult book reviews to review this book. Rivers considers it to be her statement of faith. In this compelling story inspired by the book of Hosea, we see Michael demonstrate a love for Angel that is too powerful to outrun. It seems like everyone wants any one book to be all things to them, but that simply isn’t possible. Too many of them, however, has the exact opposite effect. To which character in Redeeming Love did you relate the most? She hated the Duchess. Another bent of the author, one you will notice in the above quotes, is starting sentences with a pronoun. Directed by D.J. “She was dry ground soaking in a spring rain”? Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a best-selling inspirational author. He asked questions. This site rocks the Classic Responsive Skin for Thesis. It took me a long time to know that good feelings are relevant to me. More than once I had to stop and ask myself, What do people see in this book? The question I would pose to fans of CBA fiction, particularly CBA Romance, is what this fact says about the book and about the CBA, if anything? I do not seek out books and films on the basis of their “family friendliness.” So this book really didn’t push any of my envelopes. Could a book like Redeeming Love be published today in the CBA by a first-time author? That doesn’t mean I think it was great writing. We fall, again and again, and God’s “redeeming love” finds us. SKU: MN0059646 At least, that’s how iconic the novel seems to have become in many Christian circles. I was “warned” to have tissues handy and was told by numerous people that it was a fabulous book, but the jumpy POV, and unclear timelines made for such frustrating reading, I never had any connection with the characters sufficient enough to warrant even a single tear, and the only emotion I had was when I was finally finished the book. In the novel, God speaks to Michael and teaches him how to love Angel. I of course can say that this book is very sentimental and cheesy however I think that they success of this book and the heart behind it is something to think about before writing it off completely. You should not seek out “family friendly” and/or Christian romance novels to read. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  I am only 15 but this was an amazing novel and it is my favorite book. A skillful retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea. And obviously it is well written enough yo sell quite a few books. This is not a book I would recommend to YA audiences, as it is deals with mature content for adult readers. He offers her more than she bargained for: a home, security, and love. I am speaking from experience. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. What do you think are the main lessons we learn from: a. Michael b. Miriam c. Sarah’s mother d. Paul e. Ruthie f. Angel/Sarah? Redeeming Love: The Companion Study invites you to enter more fully into both the classic novel's eternal message and the biblical story that inspired its writing. Share this: Twitter; Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. it should be 5/5 stars. ISBN-13: 9781590525135 Summary Best-selling author Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea in a tale set against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. Redeeming Love is an upcoming American Christian romantic drama film directed by D. J. Caruso, who co-wrote the screenplay with Francine Rivers. While this works existentially (I can attest to it! But for the most part, I found her prose clunky to the point of distraction. A mainstay novel with Christian audiences, selling 3 million copies worldwide, REDEEMING LOVE has remained on the Christian bestseller list for more than 10 years and has been published in … Redeeming Love Francine Rivers, 1991 Doubleday Religious 480 pp. Next post: When NOT to Take Writing Advice, Previous post: The New Demographic: Christians Who Don’t Like Christian Fiction. In fact, this G-rated axiom leads to some rather awkward moments. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers . Sold into prostitution at a heartbreakingly young age, she has known intense betrayal and cruelty; used and abused countless times, she has long given up all hope in men. I’ve taken a risk in reviewing this book, and I’m sure I’ll incur some wrath for it. I think people need to get over their fear of corniness and the feeling of intimidation they obviously feel when they aren’t reading ‘literature.’ There’s room for all sorts of books. In a nutshell, the story is about a prostitute named Angel who is relentlessly wooed by a god-fearing man named Michael. It’s obvious from the way you write Mike, that you’re more than an ‘average reader’ as you have a great way with words and an impressive command of English. Who has not, upon realization of the Bridegroom’s great grace and mercy, felt like a used up whore? And that didn’t seem to matter to any of the men. Redeeming Love (9781590525135) by Francine Rivers If anyone has any thoughts on the ‘shame’ element I would be grateful of you comments. Instead of accepting Michael’s – and God’s – love, Angel is terrified of it, terrified that this sort of love would be her undoing. Michael knew and gently coaxed her with tender words flowing over her like the sweet balm of Gilead healing her wounds. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Redeeming Love is an allegory about God’s love for each of us. Staccato and repetitive was appropriate at that point. Sold into prostitution in childhood, Angel is a bitter woman who trusts no man. Redeeming definition is - serving to offset or compensate for a defect. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Short sentences are important to a story and can provide necessary punch. My biggest problem with the book is that Angel, having been severely abused, would not have been in touch with any good feelings at all. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers About the Book n/a Discussion Guide n/a Author Bio n/a Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Publication Date: May 9, 1997 Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction Paperback: 479 pages Publisher: Multnomah Books ISBN-10: 1590525132 ISBN-13: 9781590525135. Great review! There is no cursing and all the references are by implication. Confused, but obedient, he eventually convinces Angel to leave behind the only life she has ever known and be his wife. Touted as a retelling of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, it’s pretty obvious from the outset where this is headed. I’d love to hear your opinions and ideas. I was numb for a long time after I left my abusive ‘Christian’ husband. This is a book that I will probably find myself reading over and over again until it simply falls apart at the seams. Could not put it down till I was finished. She hated Magowan. Why didn’t the 16 year old ask her parents to arrange the marriage, if she was so desperate?!! If so, in what way? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! She felt it radiating from his body, but he never did anything about it. Based upon the novel by Francine Rivers. (Note: There are spoilers throughout this review.) Michael is there when she does. And for this, I applaud her. Change ). I also want to take this opportunity to discuss edginess in Christian fiction. 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