We have a very special guest on Book Review Travels today. Mesu Andrews, author of the book Love in a Broken Vessel has taken time away from her schedule to answer some important questions that are based on the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer.
Jill: Welcome to Book Review Travels, Mesu. We’re glad you’re here!
Mesu: Hi Jill! Thanks so much for inviting me! I loved your questions—some really interesting ones…
Jill: What inspired/intrigued you to write Love in a Broken Vessel, relating to the Biblical account of Hosea and Gomer?
Jill: What is your understanding of why God wanted Hosea to marry Gomer, in spite of her rough background?
I LOVE this question because it’s the same question I asked when I started researching and writing. Why would God ask such a righteous man to marry Gomer, a woman so broken, a prostitute so used up? Even several chapters into writing the manuscript, I wrestled with the question through the characters’ voices. A young Isaiah asks Hosea that very question, and I think I was shocked at the answer I typed for Hosea! ha! Here’s what Hosea said:
“She’s not the symbol of all Yahweh in Israel. She’s all that He seeks to redeem—the brokenness, the confusion, the lost lamb that needs a shepherd.”
Jill: What misconceptions do you think people have the most often about Gomer?
Jill: How does this fictional story about Hosea and Gomer match and/or differ from the real Biblical version?
Mesu: My goal in writing biblical novels is always to stir a reader’s curiosity and send them back to God’s Word to find the Truth. My favorite emails are from readers telling me what they’ve discovered after they’ve read my book and then returned to Scripture to sift through fiction and fact. I love it when they see God’s Word with a fresh perspective! Love in a Broken Vessel carries several themes. Of course, the most evident is God’s unyielding love for His people—no matter how broken we become. I know I needed that message when I was nineteen years old and thought my life was over. Jesus became my hope, and He’s been using the broken places of my life ever since. But there are other messages woven between the lines. Forgiveness. Honesty. Waiting on God. And I think one that snuck in unintentionally may be of great encouragement—everyone can hear God speak…if we learn how to listen. It’s always fun to hear from readers what they gained from the book. Sometimes the author is the last to know! ha!
Jill: It has been such a blessing to have Mesu Andrews come and share her thoughts about her new book Love in a Broken Vessel.
You can purchase the book through…
http://www.mesuandrews.com/books/ (Mesu's website) OR “wherever books are sold” (Mesu's books are available at any bookstore—Christian, Barnes & Noble, CBD, Amazon, etc.)
· Please stop by my website and order free bookmarks, or download group discussion or Bible study questions for all three of Mesu’s books: http://www.mesuandrews.com/
· Or visit me on Facebook: Mesu Andrews
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· Blog posts on Fridays (inside scoop on characters, plots, and new releases!): http://www.mesuandrews.com/blog/
See Also My Book Review for Love in a Broken Vessel Here: