First Line Friday — Love in A Broken Vessel

31 Jan

Welcome to First Line Friday! This year I am sharing books that have been on my shelves for a long time. Today I am featuring Love in A Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews. The cover is gorgeous and the story of love, betrayal, and redemption is soul-satisfying. I really need to read this book!

Have you read Love in A Broken Vessel?

Why should I move it to the top of the TBR pile?

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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 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?

With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

Mesu Andrews and her husband Roy have raised two daughters and now enjoy a tribe of grandkids. Mesu’s love for God’s Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in deep historical research.

Mesu writes in their log cabin tucked away in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Her best friend is an American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke, who keeps her company on long writing days. Zeke also enjoys watching movies, long walks in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy days.


9 Responses to “First Line Friday — Love in A Broken Vessel”

  1. MrsDMVH January 31, 2020 at 8:40 am #

    Wow, what a powerful sentence!!!! Happy Friday!

  2. joyofreadingweb January 31, 2020 at 9:12 am #

    I have not yet read Love in a Broken Vessel, but I sure want to!!

  3. Anneliese Dalaba January 31, 2020 at 9:55 am #

    Hosea’s story is one of the most difficult stories to fully understand in the Bible, except to show us just how much God loves His people. Fascinating and humbling. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray. Here, I will share the first line in chapter thirteen of my current read, Give Me Thine Heart, by Andrea Boeshaar. “Three days and three nights.” Have a great weekend!

  4. Kathleen Denly January 31, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

    I am currently reading The Duke’s Refuge by Lorri Dudley. Here’s the first line:
    Nevis, British Leeward Islands
    …Why did you not mention your illness sooner?

  5. bellesmoma16 January 31, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly: I am just getting into the novel, so I will share the first line from chapter 2 here.
    “Daniel thanked the postman and stepped away from the window. Tapping the single envelope against his palm, he strode past the long line of men who, like him, had been waiting hours for news from home.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

  6. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) January 31, 2020 at 8:27 pm #

    Happy Friday! That is one of the few Mesu Andrews books I haven’t read. Today I’m sharing the first line from The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings: “Eighty-eight years of life reduced to a vintage, cracked briefcase sat before Daniel Whiteley.”

  7. Paula Shreckhise January 31, 2020 at 10:36 pm #

    My first line comes from On Wings of Devotion by Rosanna White
    Charing Cross Hospital, London, England 1 February, 1918
    A stranger stalking down the street shouldn’t make her hands tremble in anticipation.

    Roseanna White at her best!

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder February 1, 2020 at 1:45 am #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first lines from The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear on my blog today. This is the first line from Chapter 3:

    “Standing at the top of the porch steps, Pearl clenched her hands inside her wadded-up apron and glared at her cousin, who faced her from beside the wagon holding more wounded soldiers.”

  9. lelandandbecky February 1, 2020 at 5:15 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “This Healing Journey” by Misty Beller:

    “Meeting a stranger shouldn’t make him so nervous.”

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