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4.00001593447743 out of 54.00001593447743 out of 54.00001593447743 out of 54.00001593447743 out of 54.00001593447743 out of 5 4.00 (62,757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francine Rivers Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436153775
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California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the one who loves her even more than Michael does … the one who will never let her go.

A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 2/19/2014

    " Fantastic... very powerful story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille Shrader garland | 2/16/2014

    " A must read for any teenage girl, a wonderful life lesson about Gods faithfulness! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2014

    " Amazing must read for everyone! (adults) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo-ann Russell | 2/8/2014

    " A timeless story of love with a different twist. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Zaky | 2/1/2014

    " I agree, who can do this book justice? This was recommended to me by two different people. It's about Hosea & Gomer set during the California Gold Rush. It is a reminder of how His boundless love pursues us. At the end of the story, Francine Rivers weighs in and is followed by a study guide. It is the best book for me this year as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca Pretorius | 1/28/2014

    " If you have never understood the concept of Unconditional Love, this book gives a pretty good idea! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 1/27/2014

    " It was AMAZing.I read it really fast, I couldn't get enough of these characters with their hopes and dreams and broken hearts.I was truly moved to the the love of God play in these people's lives and that everything truly does work out for good for those that belive in him. Sarah(Angel,Tirzah,Amanda)was a coourageous and strong woman whose past that haunts her breaks your heart and you're rooting for her the whole way.She and Michael's love is so strong,but that's because God is in Michael and God's love is even stronger.I love how Sarah has to leave to realize that God is not Michael. God was with her through it all. I love Miriam and Paul and how he tries to resist her but she takes charge and he was too weak to send her away. I love little Ruthie and Lucky and Suanna who prayed for a friend and got one. I love how Sarah sings Rock of Ages in the middle of a brothel and gets rescued by a rich banker that felt led to walk in and see what was goin on.Great Read, love this author and her personal testimony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Novicke | 1/22/2014

    " One of the best books I have read in a while. Actually, I read it twice. It is a beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niki | 1/12/2014

    " Love, love, love it! Have read it more times than I can count. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/12/2014

    " A story you will never forget "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It lagged it some spots but was overall a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricsys Toribio | 1/7/2014

    " I love this story it really made me feel how important forgiveness is. Forgiving your self and others. Until you learn to forgive just like god does you won't be at peace. Micheal showed Sarah to forgive he never gave up on her. The message in this story really touch my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Miller | 1/7/2014

    " Amazing... I adore this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Sensenig | 1/2/2014

    " did not finish it. Started out good, then got boring and a bit unbelievable to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 11/30/2013

    " Amazing. Hands down. Everybody should read this book but especially young Christian girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan W. | 11/22/2013

    " Hands down!! One of the best books I have ever read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/3/2013

    " Incredible book! A MUST read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 9/22/2013

    " Awesome book! I could read it over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/18/2013

    " This was definitely one of a kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Lewis | 1/29/2013

    " I LOVED this book. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Otwell | 12/4/2012

    " Excellent book on forgiveness 70X7!!! Really places you in the shoes of both parties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Ezinga | 11/15/2012

    " This book touched my heart. It was such an amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Allison | 11/15/2012

    " thank you for sharing this with me:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 10/7/2012

    " Life changing book!!! Don't waste one more second and start reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Martin | 9/8/2012

    " This book remains at the top of my list of my favorite book ever. Rivers tells.this Biblical story with detail and a modern twist ( well not "modern") but more so than Biblical times. This kind of love is incomprehensible. I gave my book away but I want to read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Grantham | 3/6/2012

    " I absolutely love this book. I can't wait to read it again. I cry every time I do. The Father's love is poured out onto every page. Such a powerful message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsy Whittaker | 2/18/2012

    " loved it!! Every woman should read this book in high school!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 1/22/2012

    " Excellent book based on the story of Hosea and Gomer's relationship. Wonderful adaptation of a harlot married to a godly man, doing God's will, and how God's love can transform us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa T | 12/31/2011

    " Love, love, love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kersti | 9/25/2011

    " Worth reading.. It gave so much to me and probably to every other person who reads this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel Royal | 9/13/2011

    " Usually books that everyone loves, I don't. There was a lot of hype surrounding this one but it lived up to it. Such a great picture of Gods plan of redemption for us "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 7/7/2011

    " I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Everyone should read it. Give yourself a few days of down time because it will be so hard to put down you won't have time for work or sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie Anderson | 7/6/2011

    " One of the best books ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/24/2011

    " LOVED this book. It will make any woman fall in love with being in love. Definatly encourages those who are single to hold out for their Prince Charming. Beautifully depicts God's pursuit of his children and relentless love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/24/2011

    " This was awesome up until the middle. Then not so awesome. I was bored, however the end was awesome. So maybe you should read the beginning skip the whole middle then get to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 5/23/2011

    " Very good book. I heard about Francine Rivers from someone that was on Facebook. I went and got the book from the library. I read it within 1 day! It was that good! It is hard to put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/21/2011

    " Beautiful, beautiful story portraying characteristics of God's love! But while reading it, it's important to remember it's about God's love (not just a man's love). And it's important to also read the book of Hosea with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/21/2011

    " One of the best books I have ever read - an amazing love story - between God and man, and between a man and a woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kremena | 5/20/2011

    " Vivid and fascinating especially if the reader shares similar values as the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/18/2011

    " Have never been a huge Francine Rivers fan. That being said...this book is AMAZING. READ IT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma | 5/18/2011

    " Beautiful love story about unconditional love and its transforming power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/17/2011

    " Each to his own I guess. :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/15/2011

    " I certainly enjoyed reading this awesome book that so greatly painted the picture of Gods love, redemption, hope and restoration towards us. I must say I cried, and myself recieved healing within my own heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/14/2011

    " Book club selection for June...hard to put down...highly recommend it. Historical fiction set during the California Gold Rush and inspired by the Book of Hosea. The title of the book says it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/13/2011

    " A little cheesy for my taste, but it gave some clarity to God's love for us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keshia | 5/13/2011

    " I'm not usually one for romance novels, but this one made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juanita | 5/12/2011

    " This book is the book that changed my taste in literature. Prior, I thought "Christian Lit" was dull. River's book is a work of art. It's no surprise it has the highest book rating I've seen on here! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/12/2011

    " This book is one of my all time favorites. I have read it over 4 times!
    It is such a great reminder of God's love for us. No matter how many times we let him down he always comes back for us! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T | 5/12/2011

    " All I can say is this is a must read book! It will grab your attention frim the beginning & keep you reading to the end. This book is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanna | 5/11/2011

    " Still finishing this one. It can be a little intense. I usually read a chaper or two and then have to put it down for a couple days to soak it all in. "

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About the Author
Author Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers published a number of novels in the general romance market until 1993, when she released her first book in the Christian book market. The Mark of the Lion series has sold half a million copies, and her total book sales are over one million. Since then all of her books including her newest series, Lineage of Grace, have all been bestsellers. She has won numerous awards and was named to the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1997. She and her husband Rick live in Northern California.

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.