Baker Publishing Group|March 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2169-5
Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task – marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people that nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God’s message, the prostitute God tells 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 choice, Gomer does what she’s good at – she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel heal Gomer’ broken spirit?
With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.
Mesu Andrews has written the most fascinating bible story yet. It is glaringly obvious the amount of research that went into this particular story.
When Hosea is commanded by God to marry a prostitute to prove his love for Israel, little does Hosea know that the very prostitute he wants him to marry is none other than his childhood friend, Gomer. Gomer has been terribly used and abused and trusts no one. Hosea practically commands her to marry him which she eventually does.
Although, Gomer has always been a survivor, she also can’t help but repeat her past, the only life she’s ever know – that of being a prostitute. During their long marriage she prostitutes herself time and time again but, Hosea takes her back each time. She also doesn’t believe in Hosea’s God, another lesson he must teach her.
He ends up raising their children on his own with help of neighbours and eventually leaves their village to go in search of her again. It has been years since the children have seen her and they miss their mother terribly and want her to come home.
Does Hosea find, Gomer? Will she return home? What does she have to do to prove to God that she has learned her lesson this time and gets it that He loves her and He is the only God?
You’ll be riveted to your seat until you’ve turned the last page. This was one of the most interesting bible stories I’ve read in a while. Thank you, Mesu.
I also like to say thank you to Graf-Martin for sending me a copy of this book.