So I wrote a song a little while ago. I don’t particularly like this home recording of it, but oh well, here it goes.
The reason why this song is meaningful to me is because it’s based on the story of Hosea and Gomer. It goes basically like this:
Hosea was a prophet of God. God spoke to him and told him to take Gomer as wife. She was an unfaithful woman who continued to be unfaithful, even after their marriage. She had children with other men. Somehow (not specified in the book), Gomer ended up back out on the streets prostituting herself. She ended up in a slave market, more than likely being sold as a sex slave. By all standards, but especially by God’s standards, Gomer did not deserve for Hosea to stick by Gomer. But God spoke again to Hosea and told him to go and buy his wife from the slave market (even though he had full rights to her, for free). He did just that. With 15 shekels of silver, he paid the price to redeem his wife from slavery.
Hosea is a picture of Jesus, who was to come years later. The imagery of this book explains how God’s people are unfaithful to their God, but Jesus paid the price to buy us back to himself. He paid the highest price for us, because He loves us and desires an intimate relationship with us, with me. What love! What gift! This is why I will love him forever.
Let me start by saying that this is one of the best books I have ever read.
UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, is #1 in New York Times’s Bestseller list and will soon become a motion picture. It is a biography of Louis Zamperini, an airman who suffered the unimaginable in the hands of the Japanese, as a prisoner of war.
Top 4 reasons why I loved this book:
- This remarkable and well-written story was extensively researched and documented during the course of seven years.
- It enlightened me about the role of Japan in the war, which has been far less written about than Germany. The horrors were equally as devastating.
- One could expect this book to be dreadfully depressing or over-500-pages-of-boring. It’s neither. It kept me fully engaged, and even though there were times when I felt I couldn’t take any more devastation, I persevered because I expected redemption to come (as expressed in the title). Indeed, the book cover reads: “Survival, Resilience, and Redemption”, and that is exactly what shines through the story, in powerful fashion.
- I was rooting for Louie Zamperini from the very beginning of the narrative. During the course of the book, I was rooting for the many others who surrounded him and who made their way into the story. Last night, as I finished the book, I found myself crying out loud and thanking God for the good that can come out of evil.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! So go and buy it, or downloaded, or whatever you do to get a hold of your copy. Hurry!