Wednesday, March 30, 2011
On My Nightstand - Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Then Michael Hosea comes to town. His patient, unselfish love chips away at her walls, but will there be anything left once he succeeds?
After Angel sees Michael is genuine, she cannot fathom how this wonderful, godly man could ever love her. Unworthiness sends her hurtling back into the abyss of her old life.
Michael can love her, but he can't repair the damage to her soul. Will she turn to the only One, who can heal her deepest wounds?
I'm probably one of the last people in the Christian writing community to read this book. When my mother said it was the best book (other than the Bible) that she'd ever read, I sat up and took notice. I'm glad I did. This volume will remain on my bookshelf and treated as a treasured classic.
Francine Rivers' sensitive treatment of abuse issues and how they affect the human spirit could only come from the Lord. It's also one thing to understand and another thing to communicate all the nuances on the printed page. She succeeded in writing a timeless masterpiece, picturing the love of the Savior for His people in story form.
In the unlikely event you've never read this novel, pick it up. You'll find not only a love story, but also a glimpse into the heart of the Lord.
Have you read this book? If so, did it affect your view of the grace of God? As writers, how can we give our characters this kind of depth?