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Monday, July 7, 2014

In The Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

ISBN: 9780802410979
Net Galley Synopsis:
Two women. Alone. With no provision.
 Can a woman who has lost everything, except her beloved mother, find hope in a foreign land?
Ruth leaves her home with a barren womb and an empty future, after losing her husband. She forsakes her abusive parents and follows the woman she has grown to love as a true parent, her husband's mother, Naomi.
Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. She is destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. She is reduced to gathering leftovers once the harvesters have finished collecting grain from the field. A job only for the lowest of the low.
But God has other plans for her life.
While everyone considers Ruth an unworthy outsider, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field-one of the wealthiest and most honored men of Judah-is showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz finds himself irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the dark, haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.
Obstacles. Heartache. Withered dreams.
 How can God forge love, passion, and new hope between two such different people?

MrsK's Review
The book of Ruth is one of my favorite biblical truths.  Naomi is such a strong woman of God.  She is kindhearted, wise, loving, compassionate, and such a positive role model.  Ruth is a young woman and wife whose mother-in-law provides such love and acceptance that she wishes to follow her home to Bethlehem.  Ruth is a dedicated daughter to Naomi, she is committed... with a servants heart... to live with, provide for, and walk with Naomi and her God forever.  Today, those qualities are so rare.  Consider this, in our past... when our daughters married... their life became focused on their husband, children, and being the helping hands for their mother-in-law.  I was blessed with a mother-in-law in which I loved so dearly that I willingly did what I could for her.  Unfortunately, I missed the biblical truth in being her "helping hands" on a daily basis.

The book of Ruth and Esther witness faithfulness, wisdom, love, and devotion.  Tessa Afshar has presented Ruth's life with grace and enduring strength.  Her re-telling is gentle, inspiring, and worthy of discussing with all women.  Her characterization of Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi brings to light the depth of walking in faith.  The settings are beautifully detailed.  The conversations have such smooth transitions, that as a reader, you are included in their daily life as if you were in the scenes vs. being an outsider looking in.

"Ruth held the callused hand of her mother-in-law, withered before its time, withered with loss. "Let's go home, Mother. Where your husband took you as a bride and you birthed your sons. You will feel better once we are settled there."

With those loving and compassionate words, Ruth begins her new life.  Their travels are difficult.  Their return to Naomi's homeland has meagerly beginnings until... from their determination and faith begins paving the way for a new season of blessings, joy, and eternal truth.

Read, enjoy, and share...

Inspiring read, one meant for sharing, discussing, and pondering.
Meet the Author:
     Dear Reader,
I was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first fourteen years of my life. When my parents divorced, I moved to England where I survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. I've always enjoyed reading, but in my teen years in England I became a true lover of fiction.
I decided to go to college in the United States, where I have lived most of my life, and have the privilege of calling this country my earthly home. My conversion to Christianity in my twenties changed the course of my life forever. But that's a story for another time...
Through all these losses and changes, God has taught me some precious truths, and this, in part, is why I write.

"I received this ebook for free from Net Galley for this review."
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