I was sent a copy of Love In A Broken Vessel to review. My reaction was strong. This is a rewrite of one of those crazy Bible stories - the one where God tells the prophet to marry a prostitute. The story becomes alive in this book, and if you read it, you won't be the same.
I know I'm sensitive. I know that, but the level of pain in this book is almost more than you can bear. I still cannot grasp the horror and abject devastation lived through these words. To think God asked this of someone....it just shakes up my entire notion of life and how to understand God. It shows me that MY ways are not His ways - MY thoughts are certainly NOT His. The sadness breaks your heart twenty times over and more if you have ever been greatly betrayed in a relationship. Can you do this? Will you do this? You find yourself wondering and asking these things. Will you love people when God asks? Do you even consider that God may be asking something of you or are you already choosing the easy out the first chance you get?
You may think that a reaction like that is not good, that I don't want you to read this, but that isn't the case. Whew. It's hard, I know that, but I've never been someone to run from the hard when I know it should be done. And, this book should be read. I feel like I understand God better. I feel like I understand love better. And, sure, you want to cry more, but it is worth it. I would buy this book and read and re-read. I'm looking into Mesu Andrews' other books because of it.
I was given a copy of this book for free from Revell. The review is 100% my opinion. This book is available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.