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Love in a Broken Vessel

(Treasure of His Love)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  947 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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 14, 2013 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 prop ...more
Lisa Johnson
Mar 15, 2013 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
Hailey Rose
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best Biblical fiction books I've read. The Old Testament can seem stiff and impersonal at times, and this author breathes new life into stories we are already familiar with. It brought new awareness to the true sacrifice Hosea gave in his obedience to the Lord's command to marry a prostitute, and how that could have affected him and those around him. And of course, Gomer's journey was an element I hadn't even considered. I cannot wait to read more of Mesu's books!
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 o ...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 r ...more
Margaret Chind
Mar 17, 2012 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 p ...more
Maureen Timerman
Mar 01, 2013 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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Love in a Broken Vessel is a powerful, fictional portrayal of the story of Hosea and Gomer. God's love for His people, who have broken His heart over and over again, hits you full impact in this book. Another great novel by Mesu Andrews!
Janelle Cole
Mar 30, 2013 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 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 River ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
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Jun 22, 2013 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 14, 2013 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
Charity U
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Yay! A new favorite Biblical fiction author for me to enjoy! She’s right up there with Tessa Afshar and Jill Eileen Smith. This mesmerizing book is based on the story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea, who, as you may remember, was commanded by God to marry a harlot to illustrate Israel’s relationship with God. Of course, Mesu had to include quite a bit of fiction to flesh out this book (based on a book of prophecy), but it all seemed accurate and was very well done. I was especially impressed ...more
I truly did enjoy this book!!! There are so many Biblical fiction books out there that don't really use the Bible as their guideline for a Biblical fiction story. I really do appreciate Mesu Andrews for just being a yielded vessel when she wrote this book.
The basis of the story of Hosea and Gomer is redemption. I believe this book did a really good job portraying how redemption was played in the life of Gomer and also how God's redemptive love is renewed everyday in our lives.
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May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love In a Broken Vessel is Biblical fiction at its finest. Mesu Andrews truly brought the story of Hosea and Gomer to life. Her descriptions of life in biblical times, as well as the thoughts and feelings of her characters created such a compelling story of love and heartbreak and finally redemption and hope. Gomer, the harlot, has such a broken heart and feelings of abandonment in her life. Hosea, the prophet, has such a true love for her. Watching Gomer break Hosea's heart again and again as a ...more
Jul 21, 2013 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 04, 2013 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
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love in a Broken Vessel give us a poignant example of God's love for us. An extremely difficult main character, Gomer continually deludes herself, lashes out, and makes the worst of every situation. She turns away from those who are trying to love her and keeps returning to the sin that she could be free from. You are constantly frustrated by her, wondering why someone would ever act in such a manner. And yet. And yet, with the story of Hosea you realize that his story is a perfect example, as i ...more
This is a story of patience and holding onto love in the face of heartache. Hosea and Gomer have an interesting story. Gomer is a harlot and has been wedded to Hosea to fulfill a prophecy. But Gomer can’t seem to l ave her life behind and choose love with Hosea, or his God. She falls in work the other men hoping to feel complete but she ends up more buried as time goes on. Hosea is still prophet and the burden he bears gets harder to carry as time goes on. When his wife runs to other men, he fee ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece

The impeccable research behind this story makes it even more valuable to me, as I could imagine the settings, characters, events and most importantly, the ways God spoke to the prophets and his people.
This amazing novel has stirred and opened my heart more than ever, in understanding His unconditional love, mercy and grace.
It's become No.1 on my best novels of all time list.
Kammie Kaufman
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So amazing to read a book based on Biblical history but made into a historical/fictional love story comparing Gos's love and human love that leads to a beautiful lesson from the Lord!

I have a new author I love, MESU ANDREWS. She is an incredible story teller. I love the pace. I love the characters, and I LOVE BIBLICAL-FICTION, in my opinion, Mesu Andrews is one of the
best! I can't wait to read the 4th book in the series... you'll enjoy reading the series--start it today!
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrewa retold the story of the prophet Hosea and his wife Gomer and she did a splendid job of sticking true to Word of God. It is a story of God's love and mercy for his chosen people who strayed from him, of those who remain faithful to him and how he uses the prophets and their families to give examples and testimony to unlimited love and mercy.
Cara Noyes
I enjoyed reading this book! God certainly does use cracked pots, for we are all flawed. The dialogue was great, and Hosea and Gomer were beautifully written. I wasn't sure about the Merav and Yerav connection for many chapters, however. Yahweh works in mysterious ways!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you

The story had kept me interested .
During parts of reading the chapters I had went online to check the names of the characters who were mentioned in the story.
So I got to do some bible studying
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always love reading Mesu Andrews books and this one was impeccable. When the story has me going to my Bible for clarification I know it has met its mark, and that's exactly what this one did. Wonderful and uplifting reading.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful insight into the life of the (former) prostitute Gomer and her struggle with self worth and growing relationship with Yahweh. I loved the transparency of the prophets as well. Such a powerful message of grace and redemption!
Jean St.Amand
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was ready to give up 110 pages in but I forced myself to read to the end, hoping it would get better. It wasn't the story or the writing that I didn't like, it was the awful unlikable Gomer that spoiled it for me. That bitch needed a slap.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've now read all of Mesu's books to date. This one broke my heart like no other but ends with so many amazing points. This book also gave me a good understanding of something I've wondered since I started reading Mesu's books, an aha moment.
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Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transfor ...more

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Treasure of His Love (4 books)
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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.” 10 likes
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