24 December 2014

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar


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Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. But God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the 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.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world.

The Book of Ruth is one of my favorite parts of the Bible, so I love when I have the chance to read novelized versions of it - and after reading Harvest of Rubies and Harvest of Gold, I knew that Tessa Afshar would do a fantastic job in bringing the story and its characters to life. In In the Field of Grace, Afshar beautifully tells the familiar story with fresh perspective, highlighting themes and historical details I hadn’t before considered. I loved this retelling and would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys biblical fiction. It is an enjoyable, emotional and entertaining read.

Thanks to Moody Publishers, I received a copy of In the Field of Grace and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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