This is a Biblical fiction novel that supposes how the lives of Hosea and Gomer may have gone. From God’s command to Hosea to take a harlot as his wife, to the coming home and healing of Gomer’s heart, this book is a beautiful story of God’s unconditional love for Israel… and for us.
I love to read Biblical fiction! It’s exactly what we do when we teach Sunday School, teach the truths given in the Bible, and also suppose how that person may have felt. How did Jonah feel when he was inside the whale? How did Abraham feel when he was ready to sacrifice his precious son? The author does a wonderful job in Love in a Broken Vessel, in describing how Gomer’s life may have been. Horrible. Lonely. Vile.
Hosea was hand-picked to show Israel how God still loved them. Because God gave him a special love for Gomer, although she continued to live in her old ways. The Bible doesn’t give a lot of detail of Hosea’s home, and his children. But it is an amazingly beautiful story! Tears streamed down my face at the precious ending!
We are all broken vessels, but God chose to love us anyway! A great read!
Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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I cannot believe we have been married 8 years! Time surely has flown, just like everyone said it would. We have grown closer each year, and I can’t believe what a friend my husband has become. It’s so wonderful when you feel completely safe to tell whatever secrets you need to, and your husband will understand. Because he knows you.
Jamin is my forever Love. I am still so happy to be his wife. As we grow together, it’s amazing to much closer we become. The more I know him, the more I love him.
It’s so unreal how so many are getting divorced these days. I am so thankful for a husband who makes our marriage a priority, and who has chosen to work on it… together with me. After all, didn’t we promised God we would?
I love you, Jamin! I’m so glad you’re mine!
Wednesday afternoon, we ate lunch on the river. It was SO good! I’ve never had such good Mexican food! Yummy!
Sadly, I forgot the name of our restaurant, 😦 but this is it:
There were strolling mariachis all along that side of the river. So, we thought we maybe wanted them to sing and play for us… it would be so romantic. But, they CHARGE you $12 per song! We thought they worked off tips. Oh well, we could hear them sing to other people. 🙂
The ducks and pigeons stayed close by. If you got up from your table, the pigeons would move right in on your food. Yuck! But they left us alone… I was protective of my food! 🙂
Wednesday morning, we hopped the river taxi and took it as far as we could go…
Then we hopped a bus, had one transfer and arrived at the Japanese Tea Gardens. They were beautiful. They’re called “sunken gardens” because it was an old rock quarry, so everything is in a huge basin. It was a free attraction :D, and didn’t take long to walk through.
The river has a taxi service called the “Rio Taxi.” It is very expensive per ride (like almost $10). But for $15 per person, you can hop on and off for 24 hours! So, while still expensive, it is so fun and relaxing, plus you can get to a lot of different places without walking! So Tuesday evening we bought tickets and rode most of the day Wednesday, too. 🙂
Some of the sites:
At each underpass, a local “artist” was given the privilege of decorating it. So each one was totally different. Some were really beautiful, some were weird and some were…
One section of the river has just been renovated in the past few years, and it I think 8 or 9 feet higher, so they have locks for the rio taxi to pass through:
Tuesday afternoon we tried to get to the Witte Museum. We finally caught a bus and they directed us to another bus, which took us there. 🙂 It was free after 2 p.m. 🙂 Altogether I was disappointed in it. If we had paid $8 a piece I think I would’ve been mad… or maybe I would have appreciated it more!
These are the highlights:
This was my favorite part: All these trains designed and worn by royal women throughout history.