‘Redeeming Love’ film to show what ‘real love looks like’

‘Redeeming Love’ film to show what ‘real love looks like’
‘Redeeming Love’ film to show what ‘real love looks like’
Redeeming Love
Photo of Abigail Cowen as “Angel” in the movement photo “Redeeming Adore.” |

The bestselling reserve Redeeming Like has been adapted into a film and Francine Rivers, the creator of the well-liked romance novel, said she hopes it will display the entire world what authentic enjoy looks like.

Redeeming Appreciate has remained on several fiction bestseller lists for about 15 a long time, sold in excess of 3 million copies, and has been revealed in far more than 30 languages. Bringing her basic e book to existence on the significant display has been a “long journey!” Rivers advised The Christian Post in a modern job interview. Even with a number of provides to adapt Redeeming Really like into a movie, the writer felt the scripts ended up “never reflective of the most important information.”

“They didn’t seize Michael’s Christlike character, and I could not give approval,” she stated of the key character in her e-book, who is meant to provide as an instance of the pursuing like that God displays to His people today. “That’s usually been the most significant factor for me: to make certain the movie shows what God’s really like is like — passionate, patient, persistent — at any time-lasting.”

Not acquiring any script to be very ideal, Rivers made the decision to commence studying books on scriptwriting and produce her very own sample script depicting what she wanted to see on monitor.

The movie is now staying directed by DJ Caruso and developed by Roma Downey (‘The Bible”) and Cindy Bond (“I Can Only Imagine”).

“I did not be expecting them to want my exertion, but they did,” Rivers stated of her script. “When D.J. Caruso came onboard as director, he restructured the script and labored with me to fortify scenes. The collaboration is what helps make the movie distinctive from, but real to the guide.”

The novel is primarily based on the Old Testomony book Hosea and is crammed with scripture verses from commencing to stop. Like the novel, the film is established in the backdrop of the California Gold Rush of 1850. Even though referenced in the course of the movie, the religious things are not noticed as a lot in the cinematic element.

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Francine Rivers marketing shot, 2021 |

“I want people to see that no issue what is been done to us or the sins we commit, God enjoys us and features us new daily life through Jesus,” Rivers advised CP, reflecting on what she wishes viewers to master from the movie. 

“Michael’s obedience to God and individual courtship of his wife softens her coronary heart. She falls in appreciate with him, but it is definitely God who will absolutely free her. We all have to make a alternative. Surrendering to Jesus is the a person determination that alterations us from the inside of out and sets us free of charge to enjoy as God enjoys us. I preferred viewers to see the variance concerning what the environment states love is and what authentic enjoy appears to be like.  Hopefully, they will want to practical experience that sort of adore for themselves, offered only through Jesus Christ,” The New York Occasions bestselling author added. 

“The story centers on Angel (Abigail Cowen of ‘I Still Believe’) who was sold into prostitution as a boy or girl. She has survived as a result of hatred and self-loathing until finally she satisfies Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis of ‘Gentlemen Jack’) and discovers there is no brokenness that like can not recover. The story reflects the redemptive ability of unconditional and sacrificial love with people and circumstances relevant to the contemporary globe,” the movie synopsis reads. 

In the Hollywood telling of the romance novel, both equally of the principal characters tap into prayer at diverse details in the film. 

“Prayer is conversation with God,” Rivers ongoing. “The internal feelings of the two figures can not entirely be observed on screen, but are distinct in the ebook. Angel hears and believes Satan’s lies. Michael listens to God. He is familiar with he is in the center of a non secular struggle more than Angel. Seeing his obedience as he lives a lifestyle of faith is what starts to modify Angel from the inside of out.

“But the greatest stage to liberty entails her producing a alternative. When she cries out to God in prayer, He hears and solutions, and her existence is improved permanently. The exact is real for all of us.  Each individual human becoming on the earth has a option to make. Picking out to feel Jesus Christ delivers flexibility and a appropriate and everlasting enjoy connection with our Creator.”

Although not overly preachy, the motion picture produced an impression on some folks on set.

“I keep in mind one younger lady on the crew who claimed she had under no circumstances been spiritual or a believer, but observing the tale appear to lifetime produced her want to imagine,” Rivers told CP. “That’s what I’m hoping will come about. The tale of Michael and Angel will generate a starvation and thirst for God’s appreciate. It’s out there to all.

“Also, a single of the stars said the set had a pretty distinctive (peaceful, communal) really feel from all some others he’d been on. So quite a few associated in the film had a single target: to glorify God,” she extra. 


The harrowing tale exposes the evil of human trafficking and boy or girl exploitation. When Rivers wrote the novel over 30 several years back, she experienced no thought folks all over the world had been nevertheless currently being purchased, marketed and trafficked into all kinds of slavery. 

“The story is primarily based on the book of Hosea in the Bible, a ebook that experienced a large influence on my very own faith journey,” she ongoing. “It was letters from readers who shared their devastating tales of abuse and disgrace and how Redeeming Adore gave them hope that opened my eyes to God’s love for them. It is important to see the harsh reality of lifetime. We can’t quit trafficking until we admit it is going on. Then we can stand with survivors and fight to quit it.”

An “unexpected” blessing that has appear out of adapting Redeeming Enjoy into a film is the development of the Redeeming Appreciate Sanctuary Basis, headed by Holly Caruso, wife of D.J. Caruso.  

“She and I talked at size, and I shared with her how Rick and I have always viewed Redeeming Adore as my very first fruits as a Christian writer. It has generally belonged to God, together with the proceeds (minus taxes) which have long gone to charity perform. Whatsoever Rick and I make from the movie will go into this foundation,” Rivers discussed. “Our mission is to support in blocking intercourse trafficking and abuse by funding survivor aid products and services, instruction and restoration programs in the United States and overseas.”  

Just after all the book’s success, Rivers shared what she is most thankful to God for carrying out.

“I am most thankful for how God can use just about anything, even a perform of fiction, to get to into the hearts of His beloved little ones,” River testified. 

“When a person is deeply touched by the story of Michael and Angel, it’s God holding out His arms to that individual. He loves us so substantially. All He wishes is for us to adore Him back,” she additional.

Rivers ended the job interview by expressing that her big desire for the movie is that people would depart the theaters “understanding how extensive-struggling, passionate and fantastic God’s like is for each of us.” 

“Redeeming Love” hits theaters on Jan 21.

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Article. Access her at: [email protected] She’s also the author of the ebook, What Is Occurring to Me? How to Defeat Your Unseen Enemy Comply with her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic