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After fleeing a painful and compromising past, Emma Rose Howard settled eagerly into the role of a pastor's wife. She and her husband, Abel, dedicated themselves to parenting a mega-church and influenced thousands of lives through its related ministries.

But when Emma Rose receives a phone call from a living, breathing remnant of her troubled past, she finds herself wonderi
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2004)
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Aug 21, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic inspiring book. Emma Rose is the wife of a tv preacher, thinking they are doing all they can to reach people from their tv's in their homes about the gospel of Jesus Christ. This tv ministry keeps them busy, meetings and such. When a message comes one day about a certain date in Emma's history, this will rock Emma's world. Considering she never told her husband about her past.

Her past that includes drugs, prostitution and a pregnancy resulting in adoption. When her son wants to meet E
Jul 20, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Wow, Angela Hunt has written an amazing fiction book that truly made me think deeply about how Christians should serve Christ. It has changed my perspective on some things, and I feel I will look at other people I encounter differently now, and more through the eyes of Christ. The plot is interesting, and avoids the stereotypes of a Christian TV preacher and his wife for the most part; they seem very real, make mistakes, etc. Their reactions seem very typical when things from the past present ch ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration, fiction
First book I've read of Angela Hunt... Easy read - but some big lessons... I enjoyed the journey... Pg. 272 "I've been a Christian Super Woman for so long... If I could take all the energy I invest in maintaining my virtuous image and transfer it to simple trust and obedience... maybe then I could leave my reputation and other peoples expectations in the Lord's hands while I walked through each day with an ear cocked for His voice..."
Carol Bailey
May 21, 2012 Carol Bailey rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! is all that I can say. God really brought a lot of things into focus with this book. We as Christians forget that there are people in this world that are hurting and they live next door to us and some are homeless. WE need to get out of our little hedged fortresses and find those people and share the love of Jesus with them.
Randy Alcorn
May 02, 2012 Randy Alcorn added it
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The Debt is a powerful story, captivating and superbly written. I couldn’t put it down. Angela Hunt touched my heart. When I finished, I thanked Jesus for speaking to me. That’s the highest compliment I can pay any book.
This is a wonderfully powerful story of transformed ministry.
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
The Debt not only invites readers to embrace the painful heartache and incomparable joy that accompany a soul's redemption, but it challenges us to follow Christ to new and unexpected places.
This book is a powerful story captivating, and superbly written. I couldn't put it down. Angel Hunt deeply touched my heart. This is an amazing read and one you’ll be telling your friends about. It would make a great book club pick as well. It’s a rich and powerful story. I highly recommend it. It’s a keeper
Jul 04, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This book was great. A novel written by a Christian author with definitely a Christian theme to it! It really made me think. Do you feel "called" as a Christian? Does God call you to do something for Him or for you? Do you work within your comfort zone or outside of it? What is a Christians responsibility? These are some of the ideas that were provoked in my head after I read this book. You could probably read it as a novel and not think as deeply about it. But it could also be a catalyst for ch ...more
Ginny Jaques
Mar 07, 2014 Ginny Jaques rated it really liked it
I'm on a roll, reading and recommending books that challenge the shallowness of my faith. This is one of them. I think every North American Christian should read this book. Another that would go on my list of top 10 important books for Christians, or at least close to it. Interesting plot and premise. Challenging.
Jun 12, 2010 Greta rated it liked it
As a woman and more importantly a Christian I loved the message of redemption in this story. It called for Christians to step out of their shells and see the world for what it is. It emphasized that the worship experience extends well beyond the brick and mortar that we as Christians have held dear for years. The real walk is in the streets where the people are. Angela Hunt did a good job bringing this point forward through the story of the reuniting of a mother and the son that she gave up at b ...more
Sebrina Combs
Mar 29, 2015 Sebrina Combs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book touched my spirit in a profound way. I was encouraged. Ms. Hunt has written a simple book with a powerful, eye opening message. I have sincerely recommended this book and I encourage others to read it. This book shows how we can get confused in what ministering to others really is. It encourages us to seek what God has specifically ordained us to do to build up His kingdom. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you.
Jul 28, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it
I liked the book. The writing & the characters, at times, felt "simple", predictable. But I loved the message, and more than once, I found a line worth applying to my own I would in a non-fiction book. I will be reading at least one more to develop a more accurate view of what I really think of her, as an author.
Jun 06, 2015 Sondra rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book. I found myself questioning my own supposed truths about how I define the Christian life and my calling to Christ.

Angela Hunt weaves a parable that will resonate with those who have ears to listen and a soul to did through the many layers she presents while writing a very wonderful Christian page-turner.
Jun 01, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This was the second book by Angela Hunt (the other was The Pearl) that I have read. Both books have made me think, this one more so.
How do we inside the church minister to those outside the church? How do we reach those that don't know they are lost?
Feb 11, 2015 Becki added it
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I think that I am really liking Angela Hunt as an author. \nHer books are well written - engaging and edgy.\nShe tackles some serious issues. Can't wait to read more.
Mar 01, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
This book gives you a lot to think about! Is the "ministry" that we do all that we are called to? The story of Emma Rose will leave you pondering that!
Sep 20, 2009 Teanne rated it it was amazing
This was a great book with not just a good story line but an important life lesson. There is a man in this book who is so Christ-like and giving. Reading this book really made me think about how I can give more of myself. He gave of his time, money, energy and most important his love. If we could all get rid of judgement and just show love, then the world would be a better place. As I was reading it I wanted to do more, and be a better person.. I started thinking of little ways I could show love ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Bpatoosk rated it liked it
Not in Hunt's typical vein of work; its more of a very-direct-and-obvious allegory than something that just makes you think. But a fun read.
Amy Roelant
Jan 18, 2016 Amy Roelant rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book about minister's wife who meets the son she gave away who ministers to others in a way new to her. Love this author.
Edith Kurie
Apr 28, 2016 Edith Kurie rated it it was amazing
Some debts can never be paid. Some debts are paid only with the heart. An enigmatic life becomes crystal clear through tragedy.
Jul 31, 2010 JoAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, favorites
As a rule I don't like books that are written in the first person and wife of a televangelist is not a character that would draw me in, but I have read a couple of other books by the author and thought they were quite good so I kept going with this one.
Wow! This book illustrates some wonderful spiritual truths in a story that is captivating. I don't want to give anything away, but once I got past the first dozen pages, I could not put it down and ended up finishing it about 24 hours after I star
Apr 09, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Don't think anyone who isn't a Christian would actually read this book. But...if you are a believer at any stage, this would be a good read. The good pastor and his wife have so immersed themselves in their ministry for the Lord that they have lost their first love of the Lord Himself. When the wife's past walks back into her life as the child she gave up for adoption, the world as they have known it disappears and they are faced with choices. Filled with lots of scripture references, this story ...more
May 23, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it
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Sedoo Ashivor
Apr 29, 2015 Sedoo Ashivor rated it it was amazing
Powerful and inspiring. It sure modified my Christian outlook. I learnt a lot. Very enjoyable read.
Tanya Brunnelson
Jul 26, 2015 Tanya Brunnelson rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, great story to show established Christians parallels between real life and what it means to follow Jesus.
Cheri Rasmussen
Feb 03, 2015 Cheri Rasmussen rated it really liked it
I really liked it. I thought it would be too predictable, but was pleasantly surprised.
Jul 11, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very eye opening as to the fact that just attending church and doing things for people in the church does not make you a christian. I once went to a church that would look down on you if you did anything with anyone that did not attend that church. I did not feel that that was right at the time, and changed churches. The Bible says we are to be a light in the world and to let it shine. Light shines in the darkness not in a room that is already lit. It m ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! I found myself on the same spiritual journey as Emma Rose.And while she was questioning herself I started looking into myself and asked the same things, like am I listening to the voice of God or am I just pretending to be religious?Her husband Abel reminds me of a lot of Christians today,ready to give out advice about how to follow God but is unable to take his own advice.The character Chris stood out throughout the whole book and was the perfect example of showing Christ's l ...more
Deborah Tate
Jul 24, 2012 Deborah Tate rated it it was amazing
Due to time constraints, I don't read a lot of Christian fiction. But after reading Randy Alcorn rave about this book, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Finished it in two marathon reading sessions. It's a thought-provoking, convicting look at who we really are as Christians. Do we simply go through the motions and live life trying to avoid every appearance of evil or do we allow ourselves to get down in the trenches and meet hurting people face to face? Beautifully written. The cha ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two days because I couldn't put it down. A great story of christ's love and how it is never to late to change your ways. Also, I feel like this book is so relatable to a variety of people. No matter what your background you will find not only christ's love but his guiding hand in this story. I felt moved by this book and it gave me places to reflect on my own life and my walk with the Lord. A great read for pleasure and spiritual health. Loved this book and would recommend it ...more
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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

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