Saturday, November 11, 2006

My Favorite, What's Yours?

My absolute favorite book, written in the last 20 years or so, is (drum roll, please) Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
To be honest, I had trouble getting into it at first. It was sort of depressing. So many sad things happen to the poor girl! But if you can hang in there until page 53, when the hero enters the story, you will be well rewarded! Oh, my, I was so impressed with the way Francine Rivers made me totally understand the things the heroine was going through, why she did what she did, which, if you didn't "know" her, would seem wacky and unjustifiable. But Rivers makes us "know" the character intimately.
This book is actually the story of Gomer and the prophet Hosea from the Old Testament. She transfers the characters to the 19th century and the gold rush days of the wild west. The way she weaves the story, you totally believe it. Nothing sounds hokey, and it makes you think about yourself, how much God loves and forgives each one of us. And the love story is just plain exciting. I love a good romance. It's just so seldom you find one that is believable and not contrived and predictable, without any sex scenes.
And it has a happy ending. That's a must for me, I'm sorry. And it made me want to go out and start a ministry to prostitutes! Oh wow, this book is powerful. You gotta read it.
Now it's your turn to leave a comment and tell me your favorite novel that has been published in the last twenty years or so. I would love to know everyone else's favorite, so please don't hesitate to leave a comment!