Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

First of all, I just wanted to say that I had a very hard time getting into this story. I have a hard time reading books with the abuse of children, or one of devastating sadness and immediately this book posed those characteristics. The beginning of this book literally made me sick with it's content and I had a very hard time even finishing the book just knowing what was at the beginning. I have heard so many good reviews and comments about this book, but it was just not for me. I need something a bit more uplifting.

In the beginning of the book, we learn about Sarah and how she is the product of an affair between her mother and a wealthy married man. Sarah's mother continues to be a mistress in exchange for provisions and a small house to live in. Sarah quickly learns that her father wants nothing to do with her, but even then she would go to the ends of the earth to earn his love. When Sarah is a young girl, her mother becomes ill and passes away. Sarah is left to fend for herself until a friend of her mother's sells her to a wealthy pedophile.

This part of the story was highly disturbing to me and I had a hard time finishing the book. From what I have gathered from the remaining portion of the book, Sarah later becomes a prostitute under the name of Angel. She meets a man named Michael who loves her despite her shortcomings and what she has done in the past. He is very forgiving with her...almost too forgiving in that they really end up having no marriage at all.

Even though this is a Christian romance novel, I would rate it as R. Meaning that I would definitely not want my girls reading this even once they are older and more mature. From other reviews I have read, I have gathered that the story is supposed to symbolize the story of Hosea in the Bible, but even the Bible does not go into such detail as this book. It was just a bit too much for me. Too much inappropriate content that I was not a fan of. I rate this book as 1 star.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing group in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Personally, I think all pedophiles should be sentenced to death. I don't believe they can be "fixed". Once a pedophile...always a pedophile. No one should EVER harm a child! Thanks for the heads up. I won't be reading this book.