This book deserves a 10/5. It is unbelievably good. In fact, I think this might be my favorite book...ever. And I read a lot of books. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is so beautifully written it moved me to tears. I have never before had the privilege of reading such a well thought out, well executed piece of historical fiction. That fact that it deals with hard weight issues like prostitution, abuse and forgiveness, make it a most special piece of Christian fiction.
Redeeming Love is the story of Sarah, a little girl with an unfortunate childhood, who at the age of 8 is sold into prostitution. Michael, a strong Christian who happens to see Angel from the street while selling produce hears God tells him, "she's the one". From that point on begins a beautiful and emotional journey for Michael and Angel as they learn how to love and be loved unconditionally, despite past hurts, scars and sins.
Francine Rivers has modeled the story after the book of Hosea in the Bible. The truth of God's unconditional love is beautifully portrayed in the way that Rivers explores the relationship between Angel and Michael. She touches often on how hard it is to let go of sin, even when Jesus has wiped it away for us and we are loved beyond measure. It is not until we recognize and accept the gift that we can truly be free from the chains of our past. Angel's journey to this realization is written with brilliant sensitivity and honesty.
I could not recommend this book more if I had written it myself- and how I wish I had! It is a nearly perfect read.