Sunday, February 19, 2012

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers


I have read this book for the fourth time now and I have to say I love it even more now. I can’t seem to get enough of it, and every time I read it I discover how much of a masterpiece this book is.

It is a beautiful story of redemption. Michael Hosea, a simple farmer and a godly man, understands the redeeming power of love, and he obeys and accepts God’s will for his life by taking Angel, a popular stunningly beautiful prostitute, as his wife. 
What I absolutely loved about him was his patience and love, love that poured out of him with everything he did. He loved, that’s what he did, and he did it fully and with no regrets.

Angel on the other hand, was a weary soul. She never knew kindness; she didn’t recognized love, because life had been tough, too tough on her. She didn’t believe in anything, her only safe option was the defending walls that she learned to put on, as a defense to more pain. She hated her life and had no hope.

When these two meet, something miraculous happens – love reveals its healing powers. And slowly, step by step, the miracle unfolds. 

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Even though my book is heavy highlighted {which proves how much I love this book :)}, I have some passages that I absolutely love and I wanted to share them:

"I’ve loved watching you grow and change. You’re never the same. I love the way you take on new things, your drive to learn. I love how you work, how you have this little-girl look on your face when you finish something you’ve never tried before. I loved watching you skip across the meadow with Ruth. I love seeing you laugh with Miriam and hang on Elizabeth’s wisdom. I love the whole idea of growing old with you and waking up to you every morning for the rest of my life."
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"Love cleanses, beloved. It doesn't beat you down. It doesn't cast blame. My love isn't a weapon. It's a lifeline. Reach out and take hold, and don't let go."
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“I promise to love and cherish you, to honor and sustain you, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, in the bad that may darken our days, in the good that may light our way. Tirzah, beloved, I promise to be true to you in all things until I die. And even beyond that, God willing."
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Love the Lord your God, and love one another. Love one another as he loves. Love with strength and purpose and passion and no matter what comes against you. Don’t weaken. Stand against the darkness, and love. That’s the way back into Eden. That’s the way back to life.