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Publisher's Summary

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.
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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.

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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

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Some moral issues

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***Minor spoilers***

This book has been my all time favorite ever since I first read it almost 10 years ago. Everyone else I know who has read it also says the same thing. However, I just re-read it for the 4th or 5th time and somehow I saw it from a different perspective this time.... and it was not for the better. I actually think the way the relationship with Angel and Michael began was just another (veiled) form of abuse forced on Angel like everything else in her life. She didn't want to have anything to do with him in the beginning, but he just took her while she was too beaten up to even know what was going on and she very clearly didn't want to stay. He had no right to take her like that or even guilt her with their marriage vows that she was practically unconscious for, let alone keep her with him when all she wanted to do was leave. Their whole relationship started off as as yet another thing she was forced into, all under the guise of chivalry, and it was rather disturbing.

I also think that for a Christian book, this book really pushes the limits many times with the strong sexual themes! I get it, she's a prostitute, but even with Michael it was pushing the limits talking about their intimacy, considering many younger girls are reading this book.

Yes, it's a devastating and beautiful story of redemption, but I don't think it should be considered a parallel to our relationship with God because He has never forced Himself on anyone like that or manipulated us.

I also can't stand that this is the narrator for all Francine River's books because she sounds much too old to portray these teenage girls.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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  • anna
  • 04-13-13

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.

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  • Mrs Hagfoot
  • 12-17-13

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.

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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.

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  • Mrs Handsley
  • 04-30-13

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.

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  • Louise
  • 03-31-11

AMAZING!!!

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

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  • Winsome
  • 01-26-18

Truth & Fiction truths & Fiction

“Guilty for being born”
“Because I thing seems difficult for you do not think it impossible...”
“Give sorrow words the grief that does not speak...”
From beginning to end I was gripped by this wonderful book and it’s truths and fiction, its pains and challenges, its hatred and redeeming love!
Thank you Francine for making me laugh, cry, be angry at injustice, compassionate for the poor in spirit and worship God that bit more for his wonderful grace and redeeming love that just keeps giving and giving!

From a new fan, Winsome R-B, UK

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-01-17

Praise Yah for this book.

I was so incredibly touched by this amazing book. It is told in such a heart felt way and Francene has really been able to show the struggles of the lies we tell ourselves on a daily basis. This book is a true testimony about the Fathers unwavering, steadfast and redeeming love.

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  • Miss M. Mey
  • 01-26-20

Wonderful story

I would highly recommend. It is not easy to listen to in the beginning, but carry on listening and it may affect your heart and life as it did mine.

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  • Gentle Me
  • 01-04-20

What an incredible book...

Francine Rivers, a humongous thank you for writing this amazing amazing book! I read it years ago but felt to listen to it again.. I couldn’t stop listening to it.. How our Lord Jesus keeps pursuing us!!!! I could feel His Presence as I listened to it.. Thank you again!

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  • Lydia Harris
  • 11-15-19

Great adaptation of the Hosea story

I loved listening to this book, I found it absolutely riveting.
the only things i didn't like was the sound of the narrator gulping... I.e the sound of drinking, that was a little off putting and feel that the microphone should have been off at that time. I've not heard it on other books and feel it took away from my listening pleasure. Good thing it that it was more noticeable at the beginning of the book so I was completely hooked already.

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  • Jo
  • 07-26-19

Harrowing but Heavenly

Shows perfectly the extravagant love God has for us. Beautifully read. Recommend it to anyone

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  • Joan Pullein
  • 11-15-17

Good listening

I throughly enjoyed having this book read to me ,I have got all of this authors books and enjoyed them so much ,that I hope to have more of her books read tome ,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-21

A beautiful narrative

If you're looking for a story that's wholesome and inspiring, but not boring, you should give this one a crack.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-20

Love conquers all

Loved this story, going to re read Hosea, so grateful for the Lord in my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Excellent!

EXCELLENT! Story, writing, narrator - it was all together just amazing! The narrator really put in the effort to make it enjoyable, kudos!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-21

Raw, Real and Captivating

This is the 3rd book of Francine's that I've read and, again, I was captivated until the end. Redeeming Love spoke to the deepest parts of me. It has given me the courage, I previously lacked, to speak up about some of the most hurtful times in my life. I have also found that my awareness to the internal dialogue of the enemy has been heightened. Angel's self talk so closely reflects mine that by reading this book I was able to commence articulating my own pain to my husband.

I absolutely adored the representation of true love depicted in Redeeming love; God's love for us, a husband's love for his wife, a wife's love for her husband and a parent's love for their children. That, encapsulated in the subtle undertone of the need to speak our hearts truth, made for a very captivating read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-21

Beautiful

A wonderful story that I am sure to listen to again. One of Francine Rivers' best.

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  • Evan
  • 06-02-21

awesome story, great for men and woman

loved the story, felt the narrator could've done more with her voice, between characters

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  • Raquel Clarke
  • 11-16-20

Absolutely amazing!

One to add to my collection of very personal favourites that I’m sure I’ll listen to again and again. Thank you for what you do Francine, please put all of your books on audible :) Raquel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-20

A Story For Every Woman

I have listened to this story twice in a short amount of time. We all need the redeeming love epitomised in this book. Even if we haven't been prostitutes in the literal sense of the word, we all have shame and brokenness that we bare. Some of us have experienced abandonment and rejection as children. Some abuse and trauma. Some have lived in the world and it's ways for many years. Some can raise their hands for the lot. I know I can. And along the journey of this book I found some healing; even if only in the reminder that God offers a constant and faithful love.. a redeeming love. It's up to us in the end if we will accept it and let it transform us from the inside out.

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  • Michelle Bird
  • 08-27-19

WOW it’s riveting

I loved this book and enjoyed every moment. It was great to hear some bible scripture throughout and helped you ponder with yr own thoughts. I see why everyone reviewed this book highly. I’m going to download another Francine Rivers book.