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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Utterly heart wrenching. Gripping. Riveting. Extraordinary…I could go on and on and still not justify the magnitude of this story’s brilliance— what it means, what it stands for, and how deeply it has affected me.
Reading Redeeming Love was an intensely humbling and inspirational experience. It isn’t about drama or angst or sexy loves scenes…it is a powerful, eye-opening story focused on faith and redemption; on rising up from the dust of despair and finding yourself worthy. It’s about the unparalleled ways love and faith can conquer all, and I could not have been more pleased with this loving and fulfilling journey.

 

Sarah, aka, Angel is a beautiful, damaged woman who remains a prisoner of a past that heartlessly sold her into prostitution as a child. She was abandoned, abused, and alone, and my heart shattered for her. Selling her body was all she’d ever known…so when Michael attempts to show her an honest life, she is untrusting and feels unworthy to receive it. Angel had a quiet strength and I was completely blown away by her transformation. Her quest for freedom was relentless and she easily became one of my most beloved heroines.

 

Michael, in my opinion, was saint-like. His patience and love for Angel was astonishing, and his faith in himself and in God–inspiring. I’ve never before felt such a strong sense of love and acceptance through a character. Angel and Michael’s connection stands as a pure example of love in its most honest and unconditional state…exactly how it’s meant to be.

 

The writing simply wow’d me. It was eloquent and its grace brought this story to life. I felt every pain and heartache displayed within these broken characters, as well as every rejoice.

 

This was my first Christian Fiction novel and I was initially unsure what to expect. Although faith in God plays a big role in this story, having faith in oneself is an equally apparent theme—one to which anyone can relate. The element of religion was heavily pronounced, but I didn’t find it to be preachy — in fact, I found it comforting and enlightening. It wasn’t over-the-top; it was delicate and its message seemed to transcend the structures of organized religion. Freedom does not come from without, but is instead brought forth from within.

 

My song for Sarah

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free…


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Book Stats:

▪ Genre/Category: Christian Fiction/Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Clean
▪ Romance: Emotional and heartbreaking. Beautifully evolves.
▪ Characters: Expertly composed. Patient, kind, loving hero. Tragically broken, but lovable heroine.
▪ Plot: Centers largely on redemption, faith, and the healing power of love. Substantial depth.
▪ Writing: Accomplished and exquisite execution. Inspiring narrative.
▪ POV: Third person perspective.
▪ Cliffhanger: None

 

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