Book Review: Redeeming Love

This book, like the last two I reviewed, has been taking the Christian community by perpetual storm for a good while now. Daisy suggested that I read it, and I think you readers will surmise that the review I will give you will not be as glowing as hers would have been.

11422Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is the retelling of the biblical account of Hosea and Gomer, which is meant to parallel God’s relationship with Israel (according to the Bible, not Francine Rivers). The author sets the story in 1850.

My problem with this book is not the romance. Believe it or not, I’m a very romantic person. My problem is not even with the fact that Francine Rivers chose to adapt a Bible story, although most, if not all, of the biblical adaptations I’ve read are horribly inaccurate. The original is always better. My problem with Redeeming Love lay solely in the fact that it was theologically unsound. In Redeeming Love God leads people to do what the God of the Bible would never lead people in real life to do. The power of an allegory is not to be underestimated and can be easily used to mislead people. So if you do choose to read Redeeming Love, do not read blindly, which you should not do anyway, with any book. Otherwise, I am not too proud to admit that I found this book entertaining, although instructive in a way I do not wish to be instructed.

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