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Love in a Broken Vessel (Treasure of His Love)

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Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task--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 God's message, the prostitute God tells 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 ...more
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Published March 1st 2013 by Revell
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Mar 27, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing
As a young prophet-in-training, studying under the likes of Amos and Jonah at the prophets' camp in Judah, Hosea dreamed of the day God would make complete the prophetic call on his life, granting him his first prophetic mission. But when the message comes, it contains a caveat the likes of which Hosea never dreamed. Called to return to Israel, the homeland he'd left twelve years before to study God and His word, Hosea is filled with a mixture of fear and honor when God grants him his first ...more
Lisa Johnson
Mar 15, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Love in a Broken Vessel
Author: Mesu Andrews
Pages: 448
Year: 2013
Publisher: Revell
A couple years back I began to earnestly study the Word at a depth I had never done before. As a result of studying and learning more about the history of real people, nations, places and such, my heart opened up to a deeper level of knowing God. While the New Testament teaches as well as unveils, the Old Testament lays a foundation and reveals. I have been learning recently to remember the Word is not someth
Beautifully researched history, evocative scenery, genuine questions and dilemmas, plus a haunting depiction of God’s interaction with real people, all work together to make Mesu Andrews Love in a Broken Vessel a classic in the vein of Lloyd Douglas’ The Robe, Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, Rosemary Sutcliffe or Taylor Caldwell. The warring worlds of Judah and Israel come to vivid life. Political threats and alliances, military schemes, business and betrayal form a convincing background to the tale of ...more
Margaret Chind
Sep 07, 2014 Margaret Chind is currently reading it
Recommended to Margaret by: Mesu Andrews
My former statement remains true; Mesu uses scripture as a baseline and then adds possible fiction to the storytelling to bring the names to life and gives them form and face in imagination. It causes you to want to go back and delve more. Love in a Broken Vessel is not just a story trying to explain a story, but it’s another layer deep. Yes it is about Hosea showing Gomer what true love is like as an example of of God’s love for the nation of Israel, but through Mesu’s words of putting ink to ...more
Overall, I got a lot out of this book by the time I finished. It really brings the era of the Biblical prophets to life. The more Hosea and Gomer's marriage suffered because of the hardness of her heart, the more the story felt real to me. The details regarding the pain and suffering Gomer was willing to go through because it scared her less than the feeling of being utterly loved is very real with people who have been abused in childhood. The author did a fantastic job showing why hurt people ...more
Janelle Cole
Mar 30, 2013 Janelle Cole rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to tell you about a book I recently finished, and quite honestly I am missing!! I find myself thinking about the characters as I work around the house. Really. It was that good that I still am thinking about what they are doing “in their world” today. I loved it.

Love in a Broken Vessel is a story about a man and a woman. You may know a bit about them. You may have even read another amazing book about this man and woman. Don’t let any of that influence you when it comes to reading
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Love in a Broken Vessel
By Mesu Andrews

What if God told you to marry the last type of person you'd ever think of marrying? Would you do it? Would you marry a woman who had given her body to other men in the worship of false gods? Would you think God was playing a trick on you?

This is the message Hosea received from God. But could he give his heart to a prostitute and love her as God loved the nation of Israel even though their love was rejected for the fleeting love of another?

Love in a Broken V
Mar 11, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
This is truly one of the best Biblical fiction books I have read, and is a book I have already been recommending to people and telling them about. This is what Biblical fiction should be: a great story from Scripture that has a great message and helps the reader better understand and grasp the Bible version of the story.I don't read or review much Christian fiction, but have always been intrigued by the story of Hosea and Gomer. I've always enjoyed the retelling of the story that Francine ...more
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Jun 22, 2013 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
"Love in a Broken Vessel" is a powerful read, one that breathes with historical authenticity and heart-rending emotion, and has left me contemplating the vast love of God. Mesu Andrews does a fantastic job at bringing to life the story of the prophet Hosea, called by God to love a prostitute as a display of God's love for his chosen people of Israel. The characters are richly drawn, with much about them to admire while still definitely showing their human side as well. Gomer is a woman that you ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Mar 17, 2013 Kristi (Books and Needlepoint) rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading biblical fiction. While there is no better source than the Bible itself, reading biblical fiction allows me to retain the story and the message that God was trying to give in an easier fashion.

Love in a Broken Vessel is based off the book of Hosea and helps explain why God had wanted Hosea to marry Gomer. Gomer was representing Israel and the fact that Israel had turned away from God. Gomer was a childhood friend of Hosea, but when he shows up, she turns her back on him
Maureen Timerman
Mar 01, 2013 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This is the first book I have read by Mesu Andrews, but it won't be the last. Even the title has so much meaning, and it will be clear to you once you finish this book.
How could anyone sell their child, and into prostitution. What a hard life Gomer has had, but even with all of her sins God was looking out for her. Hosea, God's Profit, receives a message from God to marry a prostitute. Gomer is there, and she is an old childhood friend...indeed they have been on different paths.
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Jul 21, 2013 Trea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenges-2013
It's really hard for me to describe this book, especially so fresh after finishing it. It's one of those books that grabbed me and didn't let me go, even after finishing it. Gomer, though a Biblical heroine, is easily identified with by modern day readers, for her struggles with God are timeless and relevant to the struggles anyone today could and probably do have with seeking the Lord. The parallels between Hosea's love and God's love are clearly seen, and at each step in this book, the reader ...more
Mandi Ehman
Mar 11, 2013 Mandi Ehman rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I almost feel bad writing a review of this book because I really think the issues I had with it were my own and not Mesu Adams'. Although I loved her storytelling and the emotion and detail she packed into the story, I just cannot seem to get into biblical fiction because I'm constantly evaluating the things that are said or that happen through a lens of, "Hmm, I wonder if that's how it really happened?" Unlike the classic novel from Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love, which also tells the story of ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Barbie rated it it was amazing
I’m so excited for today! I have had the incredible opportunity to interview two of the characters from Mesu Andrews‘ newest novel, Love in a Broken Vessel, published by Revell Publishing House. Mesu is the author of three Biblical fiction novels. Love Amid the Ashes focuses on Job and his second wife, Dinah. Love’s Sacred Song is an exploration of the love of Solomon and his Shulamite maid. Love in a Broken Vessel is the story of the prophet Hosea and his wife, Gomer. I have read all three ...more
Dixie Bousman
Oct 11, 2016 Dixie Bousman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting from first page to the last page!

I enjoyed this book. It gives us insight into how the world may have been in Hosea and Gomers life time. Written very well.
Victor Gentile
Mar 15, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews in her new book, “Love In A Broken Vessel” Book Three in the Treasures of His Love series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of the Prophet, Hosea and his marriage to Gomer.

From the Back Cover: 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
Dawn Kinzer
Mar 11, 2013 Dawn Kinzer rated it it was amazing
Love in a Broken Vessel is the fictionalized story of the biblical characters Hosea and Gomer. Prophet Hosea goes wherever God leads, and he proclaims whatever message God gives him—regardless of the danger. When God tells him that he must marry a harlot and love her as an example of God’s love to His people, Hosea sets out to do just that. While traveling in Israel, he’s shocked to discover that his childhood friend, Gomer, is a prostitute. Convinced she’s the one God intends him to pursue, he ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it
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Baker Publishing Group|March 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2169-5

Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task – marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people that nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God’s message, the prostitute God tells 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 choice, Gom
Jun 18, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
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This review is from: Love in a Broken Vessel: A Novel (Paperback)
I seldom read historical fiction. I love history and within that category, thrive on non-fiction. Mesu Andrews totally surprised me and may have become a new favorite author. Since the day when I first opening the cover of Francine River's "Redeeming Love" I have never been so caught up in a story plot of an unrepentant prostitute. I've identified with her, cried with her, wanted to shake her and d
Tina Rice
Aug 25, 2015 Tina Rice rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

Love In A Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

Choices are made every day, sometimes good ones and sometimes bad ones. Two abbas (fathers) make choices that have far reaching effects on their children and their futures as well as those around them. One abba and his son, Hosea move to Tekoa and Hosea attends the prophet school and becomes a prophet. The other abba sells his daughter, Gomer at age 12 to the temple of the gods in Israel and is abused and eventually sold as a prostitute.

The prophet Hosea is
Mar 13, 2013 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
Hosea the prophet has been given an unthinkable command from God; he is to marry a prostitute to convey the love that God has for Israel. The prostitute God directs him to marry is Gomer, whom he has not seen since they were separated in childhood. Forced into prostitution at an unthinkably young age, Gomer no longer trusts anyone, not even Hosea or his God. When Gomer repeatedly breaks his heart, will Hosea be able to show the forgiveness and mercy of God?

This is one of the Old Testament stori
Abbie Riddle
Mar 25, 2013 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing
Wow! Mesu Andrews has done it again. I love, love, love her biblical fiction. The thought she put into it is so evident on every page.

Hosea has been one of the most fascinating stories in the bible to me. Here in this book Mesu Andrews brings out the passion, love, frustration of this wonderful story of God's unconditional love and grace. A story that people often skip over in the scriptures and brought out to be personal and applicable.

Mesu Andrews is a master story teller when it comes to her
Mar 10, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
In the shadow of silence betrayals of the heart formulate, harboring long kept secrets.

Hosea longs to please Yahweh. His fond remembrances shift frequently to the past and to the friendship he had while a child with Gomer, the girl he protected. Many years have brought change for both, and Gomer plans to escape the rule of Tamir and from the life she has been dealt as a victim of circumstances from a young age. God tells Hosea he must take a wife but one involved in harlotry. In a chance encount
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LOVE IN A BROKEN VESSEL by Mesu Andrews is a compelling Christian Historical Romance(Biblical Characters). #3 in “Treasures of His Love” series,but can be read as a stand alone. What a compelling tale of love,forgiveness,healing,adultery,betrayal,rejection,hope,faith and the power of God’s love. Can a prostitute and a Prophet truly find love? Hosea is commanded by God to marry a prostitute,his childhood friend,Gomer,to show Israel God’s love. What follows their marriage is the ultimate ...more
May 11, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
A beautifully written story that is based on the story of Hosea in the Bible. The author does a fantastic job at capturing the reader through the struggles that Hosea endures while trying to follow God's will.

I absolutely loved this book, especially the quotes from the bible at the beginning of the chapters! I have always loved Hosea and it astonishes me how many times he continues to forgive and love Gomer after all she had done against him and the Lord. I love how this portrayal speaks to all
Mar 02, 2013 Dana rated it it was amazing
Not a story to be read quickly, 'Love in a Broken Vessel' is an intricately researched, masterful retelling of the Old Testament story of the prophet Hosea and the woman Yahweh told him to marry. If you don't know the story, you may imagine he was led to a godly woman, perhaps even the devout daughter of another prophet. But she was a prostitute. Unbelievable, that Yahweh would direct a faithful prophet to a faithless mate. But that's exactly what He did--to illustrate the way He loved Israel, ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Rosie rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic, heartbreaking, fictional account of Hosea and Gomer's story!

Mesu Andrews does it again in Love in a Broken Vessel! Having studied the book of Hosea late last year, I was so excited for Mesu's latest! I just adore how she weaves scripture into the story seamlessly. She does not disappoint and I can honestly say I really liked this book. :-)

Gomer is an emotionally broken girl. Her father sold her to a brothel at the young age of twelve and she has never known a love like Yahweh's for
Mar 09, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: Revell
March 2013
ISBN: 978-0800721695
Genre: Biblical fiction

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 trus
Mar 09, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Hosea is in his house thinking about his next topic for his prophets’ class when the wind blows. Hosea hears a voice in the wind whisper to him that says “Marry a prostitute.” The voice is God. God again tells Hosea “The people of Israel have acted like prostitutes and abandoned Yahweh (God).” Hosea sets out to find his wife.

Gomer works for a brothel. She has since she was a young girl. As you can imagine with time this has made Gomer’s trust in men nonexistent. The only thing that helps some w
Jul 05, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews has a heart for God's Word and a gift for story-telling. This combination is truly God-given and I believe that God will us her talent and bless her skill! I have read all of her books and loved every one. Here are links to my previous reviews: Love Amid the Ashes and Love's Sacred Song. I also had the privilege of interviewing her last week! You can read that, here.

Love in a Broken Vessel is a story of Hosea and Gomer. Hosea is called to marry a prostitute (Gomer) and love her as
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Mesu Andrews is an author and speaker who has devoted herself to passionate study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her audiences.

Mesu and her husband, Roy, have two grown children and (Praise God!) a growing number of grandkids. They live in Washington, where Roy serves as the academic dean at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. They have
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“The messages of a prophet...affect the decisions of kings. The decisions of kings determine not just the course of nations but also the life and death of individuals in those countries. If we become so enamored with our own little world that we disregard the nations, we are no better than those who focus on nations and ruthlessly disregard human life.” 5 likes
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