Sunday, January 15, 2017
I read lots of books and most rank in the middle in that they are an enjoyable break from whatever I ought to be working on but rarely earth shattering or memorable in the long-term. Today I finished a book that fits the memorable in the long-term category. Mesu Andrews writes fictional accounts of Bible stories. I had previously read another of her books which I had enjoyed so when I found Love in a Broken Vessel in the depths of my Kindle, I decided it was my weekend pleasure. This book retells the story of Hosea and Gomer. Andrews does a wonderful job of researching and setting her books in the Bible time period. The addition of flesh, blood, conversation, and feelings to the Biblical accounts are so enjoyable. As one would suspect, this style of writing requires much artistic license. Andrews does a marvelous job of combining research of life in Bible times as well as theological research and creating an engaging story. Particularly in this story, Andrews emphasizes the love and emotions behind the story of Hosea and Gomer and how their story mirrors the story of God's love for Israel and likewise for us.