Redeeming Love author speaks at Gathering

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Best-selling Christian author to share her stories with Lipscomb community

Popular Christian author Francine Rivers will speak to the Lipscomb University student body on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Lipscomb Academy Gymnasium. Rivers will be speaking at The Gathering, the student body’s weekly chapel service. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Rivers is author of the best-selling novel “Redeeming Love,” a romance novel set in the 1850s gold rush in California and a retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, a metaphor for God’s redeeming love for sinners. “Redeeming Love” continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling novels and has had a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. The novel has also received the ECPA Gold Book Award and the ECPA Platinum Book Award.

Rivers graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in English and journalism. She had a successful writing career in the general market from 1976 to 1985 and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. However, it was not until after she was married with three children that she truly found Christ, and wrote “Redeeming Love.”

Since “Redeeming Love,” Rivers has published more than 20 best-seller novels with Christian themes. Rivers officially became a New York Times bestselling author in 2010 when “Her Mother’s Hope” debuted at No. 12 on the hardcover fiction best-sellers list. After winning her third RITA Award in 1997, Rivers was inducted into the Romance Writers’ of America Hall of Fame. In 2007, Fox Faith released a feature-length film version of her novel “The Last Sin Eater.”

Her novels have been awarded and nominated for several awards including the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent.