Francine Rivers has a BA in English and Journalism from the University of Nevada. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. Redeeming Love is the retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush, and is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association's top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade. Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and five grandchildren.