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For fans of Francine Rivers, Mesu Andrews latest book retells the Hosea & Gomer in this emotionally charged novel
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In Mesu Andrews' third biblical novel, the author applies her dedication to research, compassion for her subject and gift as a storyteller to the Old Testament marriage between the prophet Hosea and his twice redeemed, wayward wife, Gomer. Hosea is told by God not only to preach a message of forgiveness and restoration, but to live it out - no matter what the cost. This retold and heart-rending story helps renew its truth for expereinced Bible readers, and introduce meaningful stories to readers new to faith, the Bible and Christian themed romantic/historical fiction.
Proving the relationship between God and his disobedient people, Hosea marries a known prostitute, giving her a home, children and restoring her to repectability. And when Gomer slides back into her old ways, Hosea demonstrates God's relentless love by pursuing his wife and buying her back - again. To this passionate story, Andrews adds her own historical detail and the complexities of human relationships. 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, and applies it's lessons to our relationships with eachother, and with God, today.
Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews was published by Baker in April 2013 and is our 3591st best seller. The ISBN for Love in a Broken Vessel is 9780800721695.
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.
Love in a Broken Vessel - A New Retelling of Hosea
Posted: Thursday, April 4th
“Andrews’s research shines through on every page as she delves deeply into the cultural, historical, and biblical records to create this fascinating and multilayered tale.” - CBA Retailers + Resources on Love Amid the Ashes.
“Andrews weaves a beautiful tale and takes readers to an ancient Jerusalem rich with history and customs and a culture that struggles to follow the one true God. This novel is well researched and well told.” - RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, on Love’s Sacred Song
“Andrews breathes life into her characters.” - Library Journal on Love’s Sacred Song.
Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love’s Sacred Song. Winner of the 2012 ECPA award for Best New Author, 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.
|Author / Artist||Mesu Andrews|
|Publisher||Baker (April 2013)|
|Number of Pages||432|
|Page last updated||5th January 2018|