Love in a Broken Vessel - Mesu Andrews - Reviewed

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


An epic journey of intimacy, rejection, betrayal . . . and hope
God gives Hosea a difficult command-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 the Lord’s message, the woman God directs 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 means of escape, Gomer does what she’s good at-she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel restore Gomer’s broken spirit?
With her powerful combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life one of the most complex and fascinating stories of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

Mesu Andrews

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...

My Thoughts:  

Mesu takes us right into the Kings and Prophets, when Israel was divided and at war. 
Hosea gets a prophecy from God to take a prostitute as his wife. Hosea takes Gomer as his wife, and they go to Tekoa the prophets camp to live. Even though she has been taken as Hosea's wife, she won't stop believing she is a harlot, and some in the camp treat her as one, so what is the point of her acting any different. 
Hosea has to leave on trips to proclaim God's messages and Gomer sees that as him constantly leaving her as others have so she doesn't believe his love for her. If that isn't bad enough she refuses to believe Yahweh loves her either, and she clings to the god of Asherah believing that she will fulfill her dreams. As Hosea continues to love her as God instructs him she finds her way to Yahweh.

This book is absolutely beautiful in that we are all broken vessels longing to be filled. We try on our own to fill our brokenness with things that we believe will fill us up, but the only thing that can fill us is the one that made us in His image. The God that loves us like no other, and calls us His own, and until we allow Him to fill in the broken places, we are just broken pieces.

I highly recommend this book. Don't miss it! You will be missing a huge blessing if you don't read this one!

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


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