The word Redeemer is my favorite name for Christ. I love the fact that he lifts us out of our shame, redeems us, and calls us his. So when I saw that the title of this book was Redeeming Love, it struck a chord.
Angel has lived as a prostitute almost all her life, through circumstances that are heartbreaking. She is bought out of that bondage by Michael Hosea, a farmer who is answering the Lord's call that she is the one. The story mirrors the Biblical tale of Hosea and Gomer. It is a picture of Christ calling us back every time we stray.
I will say I enjoyed reading Redeeming Love. I cannot say it was life-changing. Perhaps I knew too much about the story going into it, so there were very few surprises. Perhaps I had difficulty putting myself in Angel's shoes, which I tend to do when I am reading a book. Allow me to clarify that statement, though. When I look at this story as an allegory, in which Angel is me and Hosea is Christ, I can completely relate. I often have difficulty believing the overwhelming, unfailing, constant love of Christ. Many times I have turned away from that love because I didn't feel I deserved it. I have tried at times to earn it by works. I have tried to close my heart because that much love hurt. So in that regard, yes, I am Angel. But when I looked at the story simply at face value, I didn't feel the same way as she did towards Michael. I wanted her to welcome him more quickly. I wanted her to stay. I wanted the happily ever after much sooner.
All that being said, I would recommend this book without reservation to any adult. If you haven't read Francine Rivers's, Redeeming Love, you should give it a try!