Mar 31, 2010

hunker down and read this

A few years ago my cousin Lizzy sent me this book, Redeeming Love. I read it because I love her, not because I actually enjoyed the book. I was, apparently, a literary scholar at that time as was evidenced by my profuse criticism of the book...which continued throughout the years [just ask Erica.] The actual MESSAGE of the book completely missed me. Either that or I was too scared to pay attention. [Cough! Too scared. Cough, cough!]

It is a retelling of the book of Hosea, set in the midst of the California gold rush. I'm not saying you'll find it, 20 years from now, on some snooty best book of the decade list. What I am saying is that I'm reading the book a second time. It's been on my heart to pick it up again for a while, so I have. And it is beautiful. It is exactly what the title says it is, a story of redeeming love. It is the story of God's love for me. Love I can't earn. Love that is never-ending. Love I was created for. Love I yearn for. Love that is so pure it is only satisfied by Love itself.I get trying to avoid that kind of love, not wanting to be drawn into that story. But I am made for that story. I am living that story. I can run all I want, but Love goes before me. Love is behind me. Love runs beside me. Love is waiting for me when I finally stop, exhausted from avoidance, arms open wide, rejoicing at my return.

5 comments:

erica said...

YAY! yay yay yay! oh, i love you.

Haley said...

Seriously, I can't put it down. I read it WHILE I was walking to the bus stop today.

Erquiaga Family said...

:) Gotta love a little Angel! Just hard to get past the cover, the author and the title ;) I'm glad that you are enjoying it.

Sarah Asay said...

so someone bought me that book four years ago and i really liked the message but i too was embarrassed about it. but there was something super healing about that book... i love hosea. that kind of love just seems unreal. thanks for the reminder!

Haley said...

@Sarah I could barely read it the first time I opened it. The second time through was so amazing. The redemption and God's ferocious love got through the second time around though.