An epic journey of intimacy, rejection, betrayal . . . and hope
God gives Hosea a difficult command--marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of His love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim the Lord's message, the woman God directs him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only means of escape, Gomer does what she's good at--she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel restore Gomer's broken spirit?
Writing about people from the Old Testament is difficult in that we don't know all that much about their personal lives, but author Mesu Andrews gives her readers an insight on what life might have been like during the days of the Prophets in her new book, "Love In A Broken Vessel."
Andrews gives her story of Hosea and Gomer a sense of warmth and realism through her intricate storytelling, bringing to life the days of old with a tale of a romance that was fraught with difficulties from the beginning. Andrews draws her readers into the action in such a manner that I, for one, felt I was right there - so much so that I wanted to shake Gomer and tell her to shape up and realize what a good thing she had in Hosea. But if she had, then the prophecies that he received about Israel would never have been carried out as they were.
I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction, fiction about Biblical characters, and for those who appreciate a well-written book.
Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love's Sacred Song. Winner of the 2012 ECPA award for Best New Author, she is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. Her website is at www.mesuandrews.com