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BOOK REVIEW-Redeeming Love

Hello there beautiful beautiful people of the internet. how have you been? If you’re in Nigeria, how are you dealing with this premium motor spirit(until now, petrol was known as petrol for me o) at 145naira? I trust you’re standing out much better and taller in spite. Hope you still eat stew? Tomatoes are the worst hit guys. Sob face

Oh see I was thinking it’s great to have a journal, it reminds you of your potentials. When you see some of your works in the past, you just want to ride on. So it’s me again coming up here for a book review. Having read previous review of movies and books in my journal, I thought ‘what have you been waiting for, Deborah?’

Two weeks ago I completed “redeeming love”. For the second time. And then i felt like a walking contented-sigh if you get what I mean.

Now the first time I read “redeeming love” was either in 2007 or 2008, clearly in secondary school. I loved loved it. It was the secret telepathy of we skinny teenage girls. We understood it, we understood ourselves also(well, sort of). Something precious was shared. It was my eye-opener to Francine Rivers books which I’ve not been doing justice to. It was pure. For a while, every time I filled a slam book I would write “redeeming love” as my best novel.

Well well well, 2016. having this book again was a delight. This time around though, I have other books that I got along side “redeeming love”. Those other books, I have never read them but you know old love always wins out. It’s a feeling you can always bank on. Something familiar. You don’t know what taste the others will leave in your mouth but you know the direction this one is headed.

Prove me wrong. When I started I thought ‘oh yeah I remember this scene’. Then I became confused, I thought, ‘was it always like this?’

I was open to this book, I let it read me.

The title suggests ‘well another love story’.No, it’s unique.

The book is a Christian romance. It is written from the third person point of view and its written in a semi-formal style. The summary and concluding chapters were convincing but it felt rushed. More like I wanted there to be more of the juicy-ness I had explored.

As I’ve already laid, Francine Rivers is the author. The publisher is Water Brook Multnomah publishing group. Here is something remarked before the story “here at Water Brook Multnomah, we measure the success of our books by whether or not they deliver real life-change to our readers”. The book has 399 pages.

The story is about the blows life deals to a young woman, its effect on her, it’s effect on the people she meets and how she channels it eventually.

It’s life hitting Sarah hard in the face, it’s her trying to get up, it’s life kicking her right in the stomach again, knocking the wind out of her*.

Sarah, Michael Hosea, the Altman family and duke were the major characters. The characters were credible, each was the perfect picture of something specific.

At the beginning we were led into little Sarah’s life. The world seemed too cruel a place for tender vulnerable Sarah. When we’re let back into her life at 18, some people’s world were being branded by Sarah’s life.

My favourite character in the book has to be Michael. I consider him too strong. so strong. The patience he had in times of anger and frustration. Yes I’ve also felt the desperation Sarah sometimes felt when it seemed too much was expected of her. she was brutally honest and accepting of herself. I’ve had close to Michael’s resolute determination in certain things. I admire his faith which propels him to love.

The book dealt with so many themes; trust or lack of it, man’s first experience with the church, unconditional friendship, rejection etc

My favourite part of the book will give the book away. I enjoyed the way a stranger to love slowly discovered love. I don’t think I have a least favourite part of this book neither would I change any part. Every part makes up the metamorphosis in the characters’ life. I would recommend this book to all people. I think just about everyone would love It, it touches on something core in our life. Just how much of our burden are we ready to strip off? Just how much of our love are we ready to lay down?

Now I wasn’t very diligent to highlighting and getting excerpts but I got some.

a glimpse into Sarah’s life at 7:

“Sarah followed, too afraid to be left behind”

“when the other children mocked Sarah and called her mother names, she looked at them and said nothing. What they said was true; you couldn’t argue with what was true”

other excerpts:

“they scrambled, grappled, gambled and grabbed- and everything they had was spent without thought or consideration. They paid to become enslaved”

 

“someone who will get dirt beneath her nails but doesn’t already have it in her blood”

 

“I go up to that room in hope and come out defeated”

 

“she almost laughed but she knew if she did she would give in completely to hysteria”

 

“the night sky was so clear, stars everywhere and a moon so big it seemed to be a single silver eye staring down. Her mind and emotions still boiled. She tried to call up her defenses, but they had dispersed”

 

“she just sat, wordless, back straight, head up, hands clenched in her laps as though she were going into battle instead of going home”

 

She closed her eyes tightly ” ‘you want what I don’t have. I can’t love you. Even if I was able, I wouldn’t.’

he hunkered down, took the damp blanket from her and covered her with the dry quilt ‘why not?’

‘because I spent the first eight years of my life watching my mother do penance for loving a man’ “

 

“I did it to myself . I did it to myself. mea culpa, mea culpa”

 

“God doesn’t condemn he forgives”

 

“She looked at him bleakly: ‘your kind of love can’t feel good’

‘Does your kind feel any better?’ she looked away.

He unlooped the reins. ‘right now love doesn’t have an awful lot to do with feelings‘ he said grimly

‘don’t misunderstand I’m as human as the next man. I feel alright. I feel plenty right now, a lot I wished I didn’t’ “

 

” he[Jesus] was a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised and we did not care is53:3″

*hint gotten from Sarahkay‘s quote.

Feel free to read my previous book reviews here and here.

What do you think? Does the book intrigue you in the slightest? Will you get it? What book are you currently reading? Your experience is not over here until you comment.

See you in a bit.

Cheap tomatoes, books, God’s love,

Debby.

 

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19 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW-Redeeming Love

  1. Love your review! First, thank you for all the support you showed over at my blog:) Second, if you read it twice I have to check the book out;)

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  2. I read this book a couple of years ago and then again recently. I do not read books more than once and the fact that I read this twice meant that it was a fabulous book!
    Francine Rivers is an amazing author with great talent. This story and other books by her have told stories with great meaning behind it.
    Thanks for sharing your review!
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    1. You’re right when you say her books tell stories with great meaning behind.

      I believe books which not only resonates deep within the readers but also goes to change something about them are classics. Francine river’s book the atonement child did that deeply for me. It enlightened me admist other things. I also reviewed that book on this blog.

      Thanks for commenting. Hoping to have you around here more often.

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  3. I’ve read this book and enjoyed it very much! In fact it has inspired me to write my own. I’ve just finished writing my first book called “Twiceborn” in a trilogy called Secrets of Versailles. I have a sample chapter on my website. Would you be able to read it and email me any feedback/suggestions?
    https://www.jprobinsonbooks.com/

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    1. Alright. I’ve already subscribed on your website to get a free chapter. I’ll get back to you once its delivered and I’ve read it.
      Sorry for the late reply. Have a great day!

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      1. Great! I checked my stats and it shows that it was sent at 8:14 p.m. to your email. If it’s not showing up, check your spam folder and if if it’s not there just let me know and I’ll manually email it to you. Thanks for joining!

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