Thursday, March 14, 2013

Love in a Broken Vessel

Title:  Love in a Broken Vessel
Author:  Mesu Andrews
Pages:  448
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
                A couple years back I began to earnestly study the Word at a depth I had never done before.  As a result of studying and learning more about the history of real people, nations, places and such, my heart opened up to a deeper level of knowing God.  While the New Testament teaches as well as unveils, the Old Testament lays a foundation and reveals.  I have been learning recently to remember the Word is not something to be read with a western mindset for much is missed when we forget the origin as well as depth of its birth.  When I read through the Word, I see God as Someone way beyond our understanding let alone our language.  The book of Hosea has such distinct writing that fits into the overall making of the larger story, a real, true and living story.
                Basically, the prophet Hosea was commanded to marry a harlot or prostitute.  Then, God begins to share a tiny piece of His reason why He commanded such.  I call it a “tiny piece” because were He to reveal Himself in totality what flesh could stand?  Not only is that one book of the Old Testament to read, but also 2 Kings and others the author shares to help us see and know the reality behind the fiction.  Francine Rivers wrote a book called Redeeming Love that tells some of Hosea and Gomer’s story, but in a modern setting.  Here, Mesu Andrews tells the story with the setting at the time it occurred in Ancient Israel. 
                Mesu shares how Francine’s story touched her heart and why she wrote this novel.  Mesu did a lot of reading and research in an attempt to portray a historical event accurately.  I must say I think this is another novel to have on the shelf right next to Francine’s novel.  Why?  Regardless of our past or present, marital status, race, denomination or whatever, we all long for love that will not let us go no matter how hard we might try to run from it.  Gomer ran back to her previous lifestyle more than once, and the last time she had to be bought back.  Gomer had to choose to relinquish her attempts to fill the void in her heart her way.  Gomer also had to choose whether to remain faithful to Hosea or not.  Does this not sound like each one of us?  Don’t we all attempt in our own way to fill the desire for love with a thousand different other things?  Then, when we stop our vain attempts, don’t we all hear the shout of insecurity, wondering if anyone would ever love us regardless of our individual pasts?
                For me, reading Love in a Broken Vessel was more than just enjoyment; it was also reminding me of God’s love that fills this broken vessel.  He chooses to fill me with Himself and the Holy Spirit, and it still takes my breath away when I think about that day thirty plus years ago.  He does it anew every day in my life, today and all my tomorrows, if I open my heart to Him.  The novel is more than a fictional story with a Biblical basis; it touches the soul deeply.  I hope you not only get a copy for yourself, but also one for anyone else you know who needs to know for the first time or to be reminded of His unending love for each one of us.  The author has a website with additional material for those who want to know Him more.
My rating is 5+ stars.
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