Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Jill Kelly

5 Stars

January 21, 2014

This is my first review from Blogging for Books. I am very happy to do this!

This book was actually something that had been a favorite of my two older daughters. In fact for many years (yes, I do mean literally years), my oldest begged me to read it. But to be honest, I thought her description of it sounded quite awful!! She unfortunately told me the summary of the book and when you just ‘hear’ it – rather than reading it without any information – it does sound too tragic to read.

I am not usually a big reader of fiction, especially what would be considered ‘romance fiction’. But I can honestly say, now that I have finally read it, I absolutely loved it.

It was sad in the sense that you hurt for the main character and all that she had to deal with. But you realized that you have to know what she dealt with, to understand her and why she was the way she was. (Which also is a lesson in empathy towards every person we come across).

It was beautifully written. It taught me so much. The way she brought the pain and abuse that the main girl suffered, to God and how He can heal even the worst in us, was beautifully done.

I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone over the age of…. well, at least 17, unless they happen to be scarred from childhood, in which case this would help them. But the reason I say 17 is that if a young person has grown up in a modest, loving household and hasn’t dealt too much with worldly things, this might be too much to deal with for a younger than 16 year old. It does talk about the marriage bed and does allude to the atrocities of an abused childhood. But please don’t let that keep you from reading this. It helps everyone understand what too many have had to cope with. It makes you empathize and have compassion on every one of God’s children. And most importantly, it makes us all learn the lesson that God is there with us at all times, even when we think He hasn’t been. And all we have to do to be healed of our many scars is to call on Him, seek Him, and ask Him. He is our healer.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5.