Thursday, March 14, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: LOVE IN A BROKEN VESSEL by MESU ANDREWS


Love in a Broken Vessel

by

Mesu Andrews

ISBN: 9780800721695
Pub. Date: Mar 2013
 
About the book . . . 
An epic journey of intimacy, rejection, betrayal . . . and hope

God gives Hosea a difficult command-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 the Lord’s message, the woman God directs 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 means of escape, Gomer does what she’s good at-she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel restore Gomer’s broken spirit?

With her powerful combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life one of the most complex and fascinating stories of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.
 

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About the author . . .          

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love's Sacred Song. She is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

 

Reader review . . . 

Hosea the prophet has been given an unthinkable command from God; he is to marry a prostitute to convey the love  that God has for Israel.  The prostitute God directs him to marry is Gomer, whom he has not seen since they were separated in childhood.  Forced into prostitution at an unthinkably young age, Gomer no longer trusts anyone, not even Hosea or his God.  When Gomer repeatedly breaks his heart, will Hosea be able to show the forgiveness and mercy of God?

This is one of the Old Testament stories that has always captured my imagination.  The idea of the prophet of God marrying a prostitute, and then (SPOILER ALERT!) taking her back after she returns to her old ways, goes against the image most of us have of Bible characters.   The forgiveness shown by Hosea never ceases to amaze me.   Although I know that this is a representation of the forgiveness and mercy of God, on a human level I cannot grasp forgiveness of that depth.  

Ms. Andrews has, in my opinion, done an excellent job in the novelization of this Biblical tale.  Although dialogue and back stories have been invented to flesh out the story, it is done in a reverent manner, and as far as I can tell, no major errors were committed.  

Clean novelization of an Old Testament tale.

5 stars


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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

  

  

1 comments:

Rebecca Graf said...

This sounds wonderful! On my to read list.

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