About half-way through Redeeming Love, I had a revelation: This is the greatest story, perhaps in some ways the only story, ever told.
This is the story of running from Love, and of Love Himself pursuing the one who runs.
This story is the story of Scripture and of all human history, told many times through individual men and women at the same time as the grand Story is being told, of Christ and the Church, God Himself and His people.
This is the story of Francis Thompson's poem: The Hound Of Heaven.
This is the story of the songs played on thousands of radio stations every day, telling the story of the one who feels unworthy of love and runs from it, the one who doubts love and fears it, the one who is faithfully loving someone and trying to show them their own value.
It is a story that never grows weary or tired, because only the details of time, place, and name change, not the meaning.
The story tears our hearts and then soothes them whole again because we know it to our cores: we are the runner. We are pursued by the Lover.
That is why this is the most moving story we can ever encounter in the pages of a book or in a film.
So encounter the story of Lover and Beloved in Francine River's book.
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for my review copy of Redeeming Love.
Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.