Monday, March 25, 2013

Love in a Broken Vessel,, Mesu Andrews

Wow! Mesu Andrews has done it again. I love, love, love her biblical fiction. The thought she put into it is so evident on every page. Hosea has been one of the most fascinating stories in the bible to me. Here in this book Mesu Andrews brings out the passion, love, frustration of this wonderful story of God's unconditional love and grace. A story that people often skip over in the scriptures and brought out to be personal and applicable. Mesu Andrews is a master story teller when it comes to her biblical fiction. She is able to bring to life stories contained in the bible in a way that the reader walks away feeling as if they knew the characters. In this masterful re-telling of the story of Hosea, a faithful prophet of God the reader can not help but see the unconditional and long-suffering love of the Lord. Hosea is called to take a prostitute as his wife (a picture of the Nation of Isreal who had turned away from God). He deeply loves Gomer in a way that she can not yet accept or understand. His love is put to the ultimate test as she time and time again turns away from Hosea to other men. The question that must be answered is how deep will Hosea's love for Gomer go? Will he continue to redeem her from prostitution or will there be a point that his love runs out and he walks away. Often we test the Lord just as Gomer did Hosea - turning our back on his love because it is too great for us to accept. Returning back to our old lives because the cloak of shame is more comfortable to bear than the look of grace and deep love in our Saviour's eyes. In the end love must triumph and one must surrender. I recieved this as a review copy from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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