Love in a Broken Vessel

March 16th, 2013. Filed under: This & That.

Love in a Broken Vessel


By Mesu Andrews

Combining 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.

Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task–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 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’s broken spirit?


She certainly is broken and it appears that she’s never going to be put back together.

Hosea forgives Gomer over and over, but she just won’t let him into her heart. I honestly find it difficult to see how he manages to put up with all her nonsense. Even a prophet of God has to feel despair over a marriage like his.

Sometimes it appears that Gomer just might straighten up after all only to disappoint us. Have that box of tissues handy.

You can read Hosea and Gomer’s story in Scripture, but it will never have the same impact as this book. Thank you, Mesu Andrews for bringing this story to life. I’m looking forward to your next book.

***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***

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.

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Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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