Here in the Carolinas, the heat index is above 100 degrees. So this cold-weather-lover is hunkered down inside, with much gratitude for air conditioning and ceiling fans.

In light of the rising sun (and temperatures), my afternoon activities don’t include as much time outside. Therefore – in the spirit of indoors comfort – it’s time to begin my summer reading list!

As I grew up, my parents relentlessly encouraged me to read more. But my attention span was (and is)…well…short. So, when I choose to pour over a book, the storyline must be amazing, educational, convicting, inspiring, or all of the above! This month’s recommendation accomplishes that and more.

I first read Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love in college. At the outset, her writing style captivated my heart. She writes with authenticity, courage, and a deep and abiding love that transcends the pages of her novel.

Set in California during the 1850s, Redeeming Love shares the story of Angel, a woman riddled with tragic pain and abandonment who finds transformative hope in Michael Hosea. Rivers creates a beautiful and poetic love story that leaves the reader speechless and quickly turning the page for more.

Grab a big cup of coffee and a cozy blanket for this one – you’ll be head down and heart open in its pages until the very end.



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