Saturday, March 16, 2013

Love In A Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews ~ review

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721695

This book is also available as an e-book.

March 1, 2013

Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task--marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God's message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she's good at--she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel heal Gomer's broken spirit?

With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

My take on this book:
I have become a fan of Biblical fiction so I was excited to read "Love In A Broken Vessel" to get a fictionalized look at Gomer and Hosea. God commands Hosea, a prophet to marry Gomer, a childhood friend. Thing is Gomer, is a prostitute. What plans does God have for this union, read "Love In A Broken Vessel" and find out!

It was easy to see as I read this book that the author really did her research, allowing me to feel as if I had actually stepped back into history. She easily captured the feelings of both of the characters, I really felt empathy not only for Hosea, because no matter how many times he forgave Gomer she would revert to her old ways, but I also felt sorry for Gomer as well, because the author made me understand why she did some of the things she did. There are several lessons woven into the pages of this story, especially forgiveness, redemption, and God's love. 

Overall, fans of Biblical fiction will enjoy this story, but anyone who enjoys historical fiction will find this book a worthwhile read. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

"Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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