Redeeming Love

Hardcover | October 16, 2007

byFrancine Rivers

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Can God’s Love Save Anyone?

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. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel’s life to draw her into the Savior’s redeeming love. This remarkable novel has sold over a million copies globally and has been a fixture on the CBA bestsellers list for nearly a decade. A six-part reading guide, suitable for individual use or group discussion, is included in this best-selling novel.

Story Behind the Book

“Writing Redeeming Love was a form of worship for me. Through it, I was able to thank God for loving me even when I was defiant, rebellious, contemptuous of what I thought being a Christian meant, and afraid to give my heart away. I had wanted to be my own god and have control of my life the way Eve did in the Garden of Eden. Now I know to be loved by Christ is the ultimate joy and fulfillment. Everything in Redeeming Love was a gift from the Lord: plot, characters, theme. None of it is mine to claim.”

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Can God’s Love Save Anyone? 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. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel’s life t...

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"The truth that ran through that story [Redeeming Love] absolutely took me to my knees. And I was a changed person when I finished reading that book. "- Amy Grant, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, quote sited from an interview with Ted Koeppel, ABC News"A splendid piece of work exploring both physical love and a love of God...T...

From 1976 to 1985, Francine Rivers 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 nove...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.2 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:October 16, 2007Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1601420617

ISBN - 13:9781601420619

Customer Reviews of Redeeming Love


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love This book brings God's love in contact with the cruelest of realities. A beautiful depiction of God's Redeeming Love. I would recommend it to anyone looking to be blessed- I definitely was!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Love, Real Romance This book answers some of the deep questions Christians may have and brings God's love directly in contact with dark circumstances and broken people. Rivers did an amazing job at capturing God's persistence and redeeming love. This book is a great read and one I will come back to again and again. I recommend it to anyone looking to be blessed!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love This is the best book I have ever read which describes the love of God in action. Francine Rivers reveals how broken people are renewed and made whole by the power of God's love . An amazing book!
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to read! An inspirational read - this book reflects the bible and experiences that people in this life would have - teaches us to always remain faithful ever in times of hopelessness.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeemed by Love I cannot remember when a book brought me to tears. I have been changed by this story.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love Great this book had me crying, to have such a love is to have God
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love - Beautiful! This book was recommended to me. At first, I was a bit discouraged because of the number of pages, but as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is definitely a page turner! I finished the book and all I kept thinking was, WOW! It was so beautiful, powerful and inspiring! Simply amazing! 
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love Such a good book. I can't tell you how many times I cried, gasped in horror-surprise, got angry, and shock my head. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. This is a must read for all women.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love Awesome read. Characters molded beautifully by the author as we are by our Creator the Potter God Himself. Thank you for writing this book. Redemption IS for anyone who wants to receive it. Just believe.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Loved this book! I would recommend it to anybody
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A capturing Read. This book grabed me. I used every spare moment to get back to reading it. It was a book that moved emotions. I have faith in God and it helped me think that I need to get closer
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding River's beautiful writing tells a tale reminiscent of that of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible.  The subject matter could be erotic and explicit but she is able to give you a clear taste of everything down and dirty without crossing that line of decency.  She does a fine balance in this work.  I LOVED it!
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers What an amazing book! If you haven't read it yet, you should!
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! A lengthy story of God's grace and mercy to every sinner, no matter what their past. I cried, I laughed, I sought Him more. Read this now and open your heart to His great forgiveness.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love!!! Redeeming love is an awesome inspiring book. Showing Gods unrelenting love for us in the most beautiful love story I've ever read! Everyone should read this book! The men especially! You need a lesson from Michael on how to love your wives! Hehe! Love it!!
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redeeming Love! Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Having given my life to Christ in my teenage years I have vowed not to read circular books in terms of books that will not enhance my life as a believer. So I began to search for interesting writers that would keep me glued as well as teach me what I needed to enhance my growth as a young Christian. I have read so many books but none can be compared to the “Redeeming Love” written by Francine Rivers, I ran into an old friend who was clutching on to the book, I got curious and wanted to know what type of book she was reading, she said it’s a must read!. Long story short, I borrowed the book from her and it changed my philosophy about forgiveness and the greatest love a human can give to another human. Redeeming love is the kind of love story that will keep you turning page after page, as I read it, the love of God began to run through my mind, I began to see how I would backslide from my faith and His unconditional love will bring me back to Him. The love Michael had for Angel is clearly compared to the kind of love God has for us, God was able to let Jesus die for our sins because of the love He has for us, despite all what Angel did in the story, Michael still took her back (I found that annoying but then I thought about how God must feel whenever I go back to my sins). Francine portrayed what real married love should look like and the contrasts between happiness and sadness, truth and lies, it’s a must read for everyone especially people who are planning on getting married.
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite This is one of my all time favorites, no matter how many times I read the book I'll find new aspects to the love between God and Man and Husband and Wife. Francine Rivers knows how to capture your attention and make you a part of the story. Careful this read will make you laugh and require tissues!
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! Mostly I read mystery but someone gave me this to read and I fell in love with this book. I thought I wouldn't enjoy the book because it had a religious plot, but I was pleasently surprised! In all the years I have been reading, this is my favorite book. My husband came home to find me sobbing over this book. I don't think I talked to anyone for three days until I finished the book. You will not be disappointed. Whether you go to church or will love this book. :)
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a retelling, of sorts, of the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. In the book, a man, Michael Hosea, who lives in the time of the California gold rush, falls in love with a prostitute, named Angel. She had been sold into prostitution as a child. He redeems her, marries her, and begins to show her sacrificial love. She has been used her whole life and takes a long time to learn to trust him and see that he is different from other men. He is an exceptional man. Over time, she begins to fall in love with him, but doesn't feel worthy of his love. She runs away several times, sometimes back to the brothel. It's a beautiful, tender love story. Even the descriptions of the seedy side of the story are not graphic or crude, but you still see the reality of what she endured.
Date published: 2008-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Amazing! I read this book for the first time when I was in grade nine, over eight years ago. Since then, I have read hundreds of books by top authors and recommended by top critics, but I always come back to Redeeming Love. In the past seven years I have read this at least half a dozen times each year and I still cannot put it down. This book has become apart of me. Francine makes me cry and weep, and then I turn the page and smile through my tears and laugh through my sobs. Francine has inspired me to shed my judgments, my pride, my envy, and my hatred in search of understanding and forgiveness for all. This book has not just inspired my faith but has brought me closer to God, and each time I read it, I feel cleansed. I feel renewed. I recommend this book to everyone, whether you have faith or not. Francine Rivers is a timeless author who's work in Christian writing will never be matched.
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of the Best! I usually stick to my beloved Karen Kingsbury books, but my friend had recommended The Atonement Child which I absolutely loved! After reading one of Francine Rivers' books, I decided to try another, so I ordered Redeeming Love. This is by far, the BEST book in history. It is a story of love, between a couple, between friends, and from God. It is a beautiful story, one I will always remember and will probably read again and again. Don't be scared by how long the book is, once you start reading it, you'll want it to go on forever. The story has it's hard parts, ones that will make you cry, but also parts that will make you laugh and parts that you will feel like you're feeling exactly what Angel/Sarah is feeling. I would reccommend this book to ANYONE. I promise you will love it.
Date published: 2008-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This is one of the greatest and most beautiful love stories i have ever read!!!
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an amazing book. although one or two parts are very hard to read about, overall this book is amazing. The parable to the bible's book of Hosea was very amazing, and so close to what the bible says too. I loved the characters and the love that they share in the end. Could not put this it in three days!!
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new way to look at Hosea This book was recommended to me by a close friend who knew that I wasn't the most avid of readers! I took a look at the size of the book (400+ pages) and thought my friend must be crazy. I did decide to sit down and read it, and soon after discovered that I couldn't put it down. I have been a Christian for a long time and have never really understood the book of Hosea until reading about the Love and passion of our saviour though this book.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly reccomended i absolutely loved this book. it was, by far, the best book i've ever read, but she's the author of so many other great books, i might fall in love with ALL of her books...but all i know is, she's my favorite author. i highly reccomend reading this book over and over, again
Date published: 2005-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I have ever read I am a 20 year old University student. My aunt sent me this book. At first I thought that it was going to be very preachy and boring. But I was wrong. In my 20 years of life I have read thousands of books and this was the best. I was stressed out after a hard semester at school and I wanted to feel touched by something. It was the first book that I ever cried while reading. It is definitly a book that everyone should read. It is not just for the faithfull but for the faithless. You may not beleive in god but after reading this book you will belive in yourself. I promise.
Date published: 2005-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! Unbeleivable! I thought at first it would be really boring and girly but when i finished this 400 plus page book in 3 days, I realized it was probably the best book ive read in a very long time. It was well beyond excellant. It was phenomanal. Ill never judge a book by it's cover or title again!
Date published: 2005-06-09

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NEW ENGLAND, 1835Alex Stafford was just like Mama said. He was tall and dark, and Sarah had never seen anyone so beautiful. Even dressed in dusty riding clothes, his hair damp with perspiration, he was like the princes in the stories Mama read. Sarah’s heart beat with wild joy and pride. None of the other fathers she saw at Mass compared to him.He looked at her with his dark eyes, and her heart sang. She was wearing her best blue frock and white pinafore, and Mama had braided her hair with pink and blue ribbons. Did Papa like the way she looked? Mama said blue was his favorite color, but why didn’t he smile? Was she fidgeting? Mama said to stand straight and still and act like a lady. She said he would like that. But he didn’t look pleased at all.“Isn’t she beautiful, Alex?” Mama said. Her voice sounded strange…tight, like she was choking. “Isn’t she the most beautiful little girl you’ve ever seen?”Sarah watched Papa’s dark eyes frown. He didn’t look happy. He looked angry. Like Mama looked sometimes when Sarah talked too much or asked too many questions.Prologue“Just a few minutes,” Mama said quickly. Too quickly. Was she afraid? But why? “That’s all I’m asking, Alex. Please. It would mean so much to her.” Alex Stafford stared down at Sarah. His mouth was pressed tight, and he studied her silently. Sarah stood as still as she could. She’d stared at herself in the mirror so long this morning, she knew what he would see. She had her father’s chin and nose, and her mother’s blonde hair and fair skin. Her eyes were like her mother’s, too, although they were even more blue. Sarah wanted Papa to think she was pretty, and she gazed up at him hopefully. But the look in his eyes was not a nice one.“Did you pick blue on purpose, Mae?” Papa’s words startled Sarah. They were cold and angry. “Because it brings out the color of her eyes?”Sarah couldn’t help it, she glanced at her mother—and her heart fell. Mama’s face was filled with hurt.Alex glanced toward the foyer. “Cleo!”“She’s not here,” Mama said quietly, keeping her head high. “I gave her the day off.”Papa’s eyes seemed to get even darker. “Did you? Well, that leaves you in a fix, doesn’t it, darling?”Mama stiffened, then bit her lip and glanced down at Sarah. What was wrong? Sarah wondered sadly. Wasn’t Papa happy to see her? She had been so excited that she was actually going to be with him at last, even for a littlewhile.…“What would you have me do?” Mama’s words were directed at Papa, so Sarah stayed silent, still hoping.“Send her away. She knows how to find Cleo, I would imagine.”Pink spots appeared on Mama’s cheeks. “Meaning what, Alex? That I entertain others in your absence?”Sarah’s smile fell in confusion. They spoke so coldly to one another. Neither looked at her. Had they forgotten she was there? What was wrong? Mama was distraught. Why was Papa so angry about Cleo not being home? Chewing her lip, Sarah looked between them. Stepping closer, she tugged on her father’s coat. “Papa…”“Don’t call me that.”She blinked, frightened and confused by his manner. He was her papa. Mama said so. He even brought her presents every time he came. Mama gave them to her. Maybe he was angry that she had never thanked him. “I want to thank you for the presents you—”“Hush, Sarah,” her mother said quickly. “Not now, darling.”Papa flashed Mama a thunderous look. “Let her speak. It’s what you wanted, isn’t it? Why are you shushing her now, Mae?”Mama stepped closer and put her hand on Sarah’s shoulder. Sarah could feel Mama’s fingers trembling, but Papa bent toward her now, smiling. “What presents?” he said.He was so handsome, just like Mama said. She was proud to have a father like him.“Tell me, little one.”“I always like the candies you bring me,” Sarah said, feeling warm and proud beneath his attention. “They are very nice. But best of everything, I love the crystal swan.”She smiled again, glowing with joy that Papa listened to her so carefully. He even smiled, though Sarah wasn’t sure she liked his smile. It was small and tight.“Indeed,” he said and straightened. He looked at Mama. “I’m so pleased to know how much my gifts mean.”Sarah looked up at her father, thrilled at his approval. “I put it on my windowsill. The sun shines through it and makes colors dance on the wall. Would you like to come and see?” She took his hand. When he jerked away, she blinked, hurt, not understanding.Mama bit her lip and reached out a hand toward Papa, then stopped suddenly. She looked afraid again. Sarah looked from one parent to the other, struggling to understand. What had she done wrong? Wasn’t Papa pleased that she liked his presents?“So you pass on my gifts to the child,” Papa said. “It’s good to know what they mean to you.”Sarah bit her lip at the coldness in Papa’s voice, but before she could speak, Mama touched her shoulder gently. “Darling, be a good girl and go outside and play now.”Sarah looked up, distressed. Had she done something wrong? “Can’t I stay? I’ll be very quiet.” Mama couldn’t seem to say more. Her eyes were moist and she looked at Papa.Alex bent down to Sarah. “I want you to go outside and play,” he said quietly. “I want to talk to your mother alone.” He smiled and patted her cheek.Sarah smiled, utterly enchanted. Papa had touched her; he wasn’t angry at all. He loved her! Just as Mama said. “Can I come back when you’re done talking?”Papa straightened stiffly. “Your mother will come and get you when she’s ready. Now, run along as you’ve been told.”“Yes, Papa.” Sarah wanted to stay, but she wanted to please her father more. She went out of the parlor, skipping through the kitchen to the back door. She picked a few daisies that grew in the garden patch by the door and then headed for the rose trellis. She plucked the petals. “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not.…” She hushed as she came around the corner. She didn’t want to disturb Mama and Papa. She just wanted to be close to them.Sarah dreamed contentedly. Maybe Papa would put her up on his shoulders. She wondered if he would take her for a ride on his big black horse.She would have to change her dress, of course. He wouldn’t want her to soil it. She wished he had let her sit on his lap while he talked to Mama. She would have liked that very much, and she would have been no bother. The parlor window was open, and she could hear voices. Mama loved the smell of roses to fill the parlor. Sarah wanted to sit and listen to her parents. That way she would know just when Papa wanted her to come back again. If she was very quiet, she wouldn’t disturb them, and all Mama would have to do was lean out and call her name.“What was I to do, Alex? You’ve never spent so much as a minute with her. What was I to tell her? That her father doesn’t care? That he wishes she had never even been born?”Sarah’s lips parted. Deny it, Papa! Deny it!“I brought that swan back from Europe for you, and you throw it away on a child who has no appreciation for its value. Did you give her the pearls as well? What about the music box? I suppose she got that, too!”The daisies fluttered from Sarah’s hand. She sat down on the ground, careless of her pretty dress. Her heart slowed from its wild, happy beat. Everything inside her seemed to spiral downward with each word.“Alex, please. I didn’t see any harm in it. It made it easier. She asked me this morning if she was old enough yet to meet you. She asks me every time she knows you’re coming. How could I say no to her again? I didn’t have theheart. She doesn’t understand your neglect, and neither do I.”“You know how I feel about her.”“How can you say how you feel? You don’t even know her. She’s a beautiful child, Alex. She’s quick and charming and she isn’t afraid of anything. She’s like you in so many ways. She’s someone, Alex. You can’t ignore her existence forever. She’s your daughter.…”“I have enough children by my wife. Legitimate children. I told you I didn’t want another.” “How can you say that? How can you not love your own flesh and blood?”“I told you how I felt from the beginning, but you wouldn’t listen. She should never have been born, Mae, but you insisted on having your own way.”“Do you think I wanted to get pregnant? Do you think I planned to have her?”“I’ve often wondered. Especially when I arranged a way out of the situation for you and you refused. The doctor I sent you to would have taken care of the whole mess. He would’ve gotten rid—”“I couldn’t do it. How could you expect me to kill my unborn child? Don’t you understand? It’s a mortal sin.”“You’ve spent too much time in church,” he said derisively. “Have you ever thought that you wouldn’t have the problems you do now if you had gotten rid of her the way I told you. It would’ve been easy. But you ran out.”“I wanted her!” Mama said brokenly. “She was part of you, Alex, and part of me. I wanted her even if you didn’t.…”“Is that the real reason?”“You’re hurting me, Alex!”Sarah flinched as something shattered. “Is that the real reason, Mae? Or did you have her because you thought bearing my child would give you a hold over me you otherwise lacked?”“You can’t believe that!” Mama was crying now. “You do, don’t you? You’re a fool, Alex. Oh, what have I done? I gave up everything for you! My family, my friends, my self-respect, everything I believed in, every hope I ever had.…”“I bought you this cottage. I give you all the money you could possibly need.”Mama’s voice rose strangely. “Do you know what it’s like for me to walk down the street in this town? You come and go when and as you please. And they know who you are, and they know what I am. No one looks at me. No one speaks to me. Sarah feels it, too. She asked me about it once, and I told her we were different from other people. I didn’t know what else to say.” Her voice broke. “I’ll probably go to hell for what I’ve become.”“I’m sick of your guilt and I’m sick of hearing about that child. She’s ruining everything between us. Do you remember how happy we were? We never argued. I couldn’t wait to come to you, to be with you.”“Don’t—”“And how much time do I have left with you today? Enough? You’ve used it up on her. I told you what would happen, didn’t I? I wish she had never been born!”Mama cried out a terrible name. There was a crash. Terrified, Sarah got up and ran. She raced through Mama’s flowers and across the lawn and onto the pathway to the springhouse. She ran until she couldn’t run anymore. Gasping, her sides burning, she dropped into the tall grass, her shoulders heaving with sobs, her face streaked with tears. She heard a horse galloping toward her. Scrambling for a better hiding place in the vines about the creek, she peered out and saw her father ride by on his great black horse. Ducking down, she huddled there, crying, and waited for Mama to come fetch her.

Bookclub Guide

1. How was Sarah/Angel rejected and betrayed? What were her earliest experiences with God and/or the church?2. What experience did Michael have with rejection or betrayal? Contrast Michael’s and Angel’s examples in coping with life’s circumstances.3. Who else in the story suffered from rejection or betrayal, and how did they cope?4. Which character do you identify with the most and why?5. Describe a time when you were rejected or betrayed. To whom did you turn and why?6. Which scene do you feel best shows how Angel was resigned to relying on no one but herself? What events caused her to do so? Why do you think she never cried out to God?7. Contrast Michael with Angel in regard to authority.8. Describe Miriam’s relationship with God. Why were her attitudes and beliefs so different from Angel’s?9. On whom do you rely and why?10. Who helped Michael escape his past? In what ways was he rescued?11. Angel repeatedly tried to escape her circumstances. Describe the various plans.12. Contrast Hosea, the slave who helped Michael, with the slave dealer Duke.13. Discuss Michael’s rescue of Angel from the hand of Magowan.14. Why do you think Angel returned to her former ways?15. From what or whom are you trying to escape and why?16. What causes you to return to old habits?17. Angel was bought and sold on numerous occasions. What was different about Michael’s redeeming her? Discuss the role of trust (or lack of trust) in Angel.18. When Michael and Angel helped the Altman family, what did Angel learn about Michael? Herself? God?19. Describe the changes in actions and thinking that took place after Angel was rescued a second time by Michael. What do you think caused the changes?20. What trust issues do you have? Who has God placed in your life as positive examples?21. What caused Angel to leave yet again?22. How is this different from before?23. Why was it necessary for Paul to be the one to find Angel?24. What did he learn about himself? How did this help him?25. What did Angel learn through this experience?26. What was Michael learning through this difficult time?27. Is there someone who needs to be reconciled with you? Or, do you need to be the one who does the reconciling, like Paul did? Explain.28. What steps had Angel taken to restore her spirit?29. What were the lasting effects of Angel’s soul search?30. What steps did Angel take to restore her marriage? How did Michael respond?31. In what ways did God reward Sarah and Michael?32. What have you learned about the love of a man for a woman?33. What have you learned about the love of God for all mankind–including you?

Editorial Reviews

"The truth that ran through that story [Redeeming Love] absolutely took me to my knees. And I was a changed person when I finished reading that book. "- Amy Grant, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter"A splendid piece of work exploring both physical love and a love of God...There is not one false note in this wonderful novel." - Library Journal"Simply put, Redeeming Love is the most powerful work of fiction you will ever read."- Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Thorn in My Heart"The timeless biblical themes...are beautifully portrayed and brought to life through her unforgettable characters."- Stephen Arterburn, best-selling author of The Everyman Series"My heart and soul were profoundly shaken as I realized anew the lessons portrayed through the stories of Hosea and Gomer, Michael and Angel. This may be the single most moving book you will read this year - or in your lifetime."- Angela Hunt, author of Magdalene