Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

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About this book

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?

With her powerful combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life one of the most complex and fascinating stories of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, what a story that I love and thoroughly enjoyed! I usually read a book in a day or so, but this was definitely not a quick read for me because I kept going back and re-reading it. Love in a Broken Vessel is Mesu Andrews’ retelling of the Old Testament Hosea and Gomer. Ms. Andrews takes readers back to cultures and history of Old Testament times with expert storytelling and very well research of Biblical history during the time of the prophet Hosea. If you’ve never heard of Gomer and Hosea’s story and the reason Yahweh told Hosea to marry a prostitute, I encourage you to read the book of Hosea in the Bible, and then read this book by Mesu Andrews. You will be in awe of this story!

I know Biblical fiction is just that, fiction, but I love experiencing the story come to life in the pages of a book like reading about the prophet Hosea in Love in a Broken Vessel. I really enjoy being able to imagine what their life back then may have really been like because after all, they went about their day to day life just as we do today, just in a different setting. This is why I read Biblical fiction, and this is why I love reading anything Mesu Andrews writes! I just couldn’t get enough of this book, so I kept reading and re-reading over and over until I finished!

I highly recommend this book to everyone, and especially those who enjoy historical and/or Biblical fiction. This is a story you will read over and over, and definitely a book that will stay on my bookshelf for many years!

A copy of this book was provided by Revel for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mesu AndrewsPhoto Credit: © Nic White Photography

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love’s Sacred Song. 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.

Praise for Mesu Andrews

“Andrews’s research shines through on every page as she delves deeply into the cultural, historical, and biblical records to create this fascinating and multilayered tale.”-CBA Retailers + Resources on Love Amid the Ashes

“Andrews weaves a beautiful tale and takes readers to an ancient Jerusalem rich with history and customs and a culture that struggles to follow the one true God. This novel is well researched and well told.”-RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, on Love’s Sacred Song

“Andrews breathes life into her characters.”-Library Journal on Love’s Sacred Song

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.

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