ABOUT AUTHOR: MESU ANDREWS - 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-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.
The desire for God's Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available--children's Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God's Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages.
Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and are now enjoying grandkids, but Mesu's love for God's Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in historical research.
ABOUT BOOK: 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 becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she's good at--she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel heal Gomer's broken spirit?
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#3 - How about Deborah, the only female prophet? She was incredibly brave, and ahead of her time.
Good one, Dee Ann! She showed Israel's General Barak a thing or two, didn't she? The fact that a male-dominated society would place this woman over them in authority tells us she must have been AMAZING!! Definitely an interesting story there!
What I get from the book of Hosea is that God loves us unconditionally, and forgives any and all of our sins. We need to realize that, and take that forgiveness and let go of the past. Always thanking him for His grace.
Oh, Martha--letting go of the past. Good counsel but such a slippery task. I don't know about you, but just when I think I've disentangled myself from guilt, shame, lingering desires--temptation to stumble backward pops up in the most unexpected places. That's when I am, as you say--always thanking Him for grace to resist, repent, and restart.
I love the story of Esther. She was so humble and faithful to God even when it might cost her her life.
Amen! She counted the cost and found the prize well worth it!
Favorite bible hero is Job. He suffered so much yet trusted God.
Oooooh, Amanda, a woman after my own heart! My debut novel,Love Amid the Ashes, was about Job and his struggle with God--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It mirrored the conflict I'd felt, battling several chronic health issues in the early 2000's. Yes, Job is definitely a hero to me as well!
I have always been drawn to the stories of Joshua. He was the one that ultimately led the Israelites into the Promised Land. He saw everything that happened to Moses up close. What amazing things he must have seen!
I love Joshua because in the beginning chapters of his Biblical record, he shows the raw fear he experiences at following God's command. I think any rough, tough, military man that can write down THAT kind of vulnerability for the whole world to see is an awesome leader!
I think that Peter would be my favourite Bible character. Probably because I can identify with him and his inclination to put his foot in his mouth so often.....and to act impulsively.
Oh, Dorothy, Amen!!! I'm so bad about speaking first and thinking second. Argh! Peter has always been a good one to learn from. Poor guy...