In my search for the excellent and literary Christian novel, I decided to give this one a try. There are a number of lists which rated Redeeming Love the tops in Christian fiction, and a few of my Goodreads friends have also given favorable reviews to this book.
A retelling of the Hosea and Gomer story from the bible, Redeeming Love is a about a man, Michael Hosea, who is told by God he should marry a prostitute. The year is 1850 and the California Gold Rush is on. Women are scarce and the brothels do a brisk business. Angel was forced into selling her body from the time her mother died, when she was 8 years old. Feeling demeaned and unworthy of love, Michael Hosea has a hard time proving to her that she is loved by him and by God.
I was really hoping that this novel would rise above other works of Christian fiction, but frankly, it doesn’t. It’s just okay. The historical setting doesn’t help as the author is more concerned with feelings than with historical accuracy. That said, if you enjoy Christian fiction or romance novels, you will probably love this one. I’m still waiting for that novel that can take God and literature to the level of Michelangelo’s art.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1997