Friday, July 4, 2014

In the Field of Grace

Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: River North
July 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8024-1097-9
Genre: Biblical fiction

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?

IN THE FIELDS OF GRACE is the story of Ruth, revisited. It is a great story. It showed what might’ve happened between Ruth and Boaz. Ruth was playing matchmaker Adan and Dinah. Boaz thought she liked Adan and he was a bit upset and jealous. It was a romantic story.

This will make you look at the Biblical account in a different way. While Ms. Afshar’s account may or may not be true in how it really happened, it does bring the story to life for readers. Fans of biblical fiction will love it. The epilogue is about David and his memories of Ruth. $14.99. 304 pages.

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