Tuesday, September 9, 2014
#REVIEW: In The Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
Title: In the Field of Grace
Author: Tessa Afshar
Published Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: River North
Genre: religious fiction
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left--a strong back and a willing heart--to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.
Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love reading the book of Ruth in the Bible, but like most stories in the Bible, it leaves much to be desired in the way of details for the modern reader. This book by Tessa Afshar turns one of the shortest books of the Bible, into a full length novel, filling in blanks in the story which make it more enjoyable to read and understand.
I loved seeing how the relationship grew between Boaz and Ruth, from owner and peasant, to a beautiful married couple that continued on the family line that would lead to Jesus. Reading this book, I was finally able to flesh out Ruth, and see her for a woman, instead of just a name on a book in the Bible. She really has become one of my favorite characters, and with this book, the reader can truly admire her qualities.