Redeeming Grace

Redeeming Grace

Ruth's Story

Book - 2017
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When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI :, Published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780800720360
Branch Call Number: FICTION Smith Jill 02/2017
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,22 cm.


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bibliosara Jun 13, 2018

Since this is my second reading of a Ruth retelling, I expected the story to, perhaps, be overly familiar. I've read the book of Ruth many times in the Bible, and Tessa Afshar's In the Field of Grace was a beautiful retelling of such a profound story, so I wasn't sure how much new information Smith could provide. Surprisingly, a lot. She immerses the reader in the context of the story. Ruth's background and experiences, as well as historic cultural norms that most of us aren't aware of, are explored in such depth that the reader can really understand why Ruth did what she did. I loved exploring her story in such detail, and love Smith's way of bringing Biblical characters and events to life. This book was no better or worse than In the Field of Grace; they are written with such different style that I could read both within a few months of one another and not feel as though I had just read the same story.


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