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*

Swept Away

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.


When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

My Thoughts: What I love about Mary Connealy's books is that you are Swept Away. Her books have a sweet romance, with a great hero who is fighting for what he believes in and the woman he loves. This one is no different.
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