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Love In A Broken Vessel
by Mesu Andrews
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Many people have read and loved 'Redeeming Love' by Francine Rivers, which relocates the story of Hosea and Gomer in the American West. Mesu Andrews’ book recounts the same tale, but does so within the context of the Israel and Judah of the time.
I really liked the way that each chapter begins with a quote from Scripture, which helped me to remember that the story we read in the Bible is one that happened to real people. Mesu Andrews obviously did a huge amount of research into what life was like at that time, which comes across in the events she describes and the descriptions she includes.
The book became a little repetitive, but then the book of Hosea is a litany of repeated turning away from the Lord followed by reconciliation and forgiveness. Because large portions of the book are written from Gomer’s point of view the reader gets a real feeling for how she must have felt to be taken from her life as a prostitute to become the wife of a prophet of the LORD.
Mesu Andrews has included several other characters in her story, such as Amoz and Uzziah.
While there is no biblical foundation for this, their presence is historically justifiable and adds to the overall picture of a people who are struggling to remain faithful to God in an increasingly pagan world.
This is one of the best examples of modern Christian fiction written primarily for women.
Reviewer: Paula Hill (09/03/14)