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Review: In the Field of Grace

18 Feb Posted by in Reviews | 1 comment
Review: In the Field of Grace

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afsharinthefieldofgrace
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: River North
Publication Date: June 14, 2014

I confess I have always loved the biblical story of Ruth. I love the whole “poor girl – rich guy” theme of the story. Tessa Afshar’s “In the Field of Grace” brings the story to life and fills in so many blanks in the biblical account that readers will think she was there to see them.

Dirt poor and without hope in her home country, the widowed Ruth chooses to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, to the land of Naomi’s birth. Naomi does everything she can to discourage Ruth but relents after Ruth gives her, “Don’t ask me to leave you!” speech. Difficulties after hardship after danger dog their steps. They arrive in Bethlehem to a house that has been trashed by animals and a roof that gives glimpses of the sky above through the many holes that have developed in it. In spite of everything, Ruth does what she does best: persevere and trust the Lord. She learned early in her marriage to Naomi’s son, Mahlon, that the gods of the Moabites were ineffective and that the God of Israel was worthy of her trust.

Ruth takes the responsibility of providing for her little family. She chooses a field to glean in where the workers seem happy and comes under the watchful eye of the field’s owner, Boaz. Ruth captures his interest and a friendship develops. When they fall in love, neither can believe that the other could possibly be interested.

Why was Ruth willing to leave the country of her birth and walk into the unknown with Naomi? What was it about Ruth that drew Boaz to her in the first place? How did this hated Moabite woman become one of the most loved in all of Judah?

I love how the biblical story peeks through in this book. It’s almost like the Bible is the “Reader’s Digest Condensed” version and “In the Field of Grace” is the unabridged version. It fills in and explains parts of the story that were always left to the imagination.

This is a fairly quick read but well worth the time. I think I’ll see if my library has her book on Rahab now. This one was fantastic!

Rated G: No problems with this one!

Reviewer’s personal copy.

 

One comment

  • Kim Stokely says:

    I’ve read all of Tessa Ashfar’s books and although this one was very good, her novel about Rahab, “Pearls in the Sand,” is my favorite. I hope your library has a copy!

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