I am not in the habit of crying over books. I am a big boy.
But this one did inspire a bit of moisture when I read it. Just a little bit.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is an awesome book. It is a re-telling of the story of Hosea, which in turn is an allegory for the Redeeming Love shown by God in reaching out to his church. Farmer Michael Hosea hears the voice of God telling him to take a wife. (As did Hosea the prophet) In both instances they are told to take an unfaithful prostitute as their wife. Michael hears and obeys, however his chosen wife, the prostitute known only as Angel, is less convinced of his intentions. So begins a long journey of discovery for both of them.
It is beautiful, and beautifully written. I many have teared up a little on occasion.
I remember reading an interview with Francine Rivers about how her publishers tried to get her to publish this book under a pseudonym. It was her first book published after becoming a Christian, and they were afraid of it being tainted by association with her secular romances. (Which were a little more… explicit.)
She said however that the story was about redemption, and the power of a changed life, and so it was published as the first of many Christian novels under her name, a testimony to how her writing had been redeemed as she had been.