Saturday, November 22, 2014

Insight into the Bible

In the Field of Grace

Tessa Afshar

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 shocked to find one of the wealthiest and 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 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.

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.

     In the Field of Grace is an absolutely enchanting novel about Ruth's struggle in the Bible. The storytelling fits in so well with the facts we are provided in the Bible, that is just flows. Nothing in the book refutes anything written in the Bible, but instead provides insight into the traditions and ways of the time period. 

     If you've ever read anything by Tessa Afshar, you know she also has a book about Rahab. In the Bible the genealogy of Jesus lists Salmone (Rahab's husband) as Boaz's father. However, it isn't certain if they are directly father and son, or if there is a few generations inbetween. A Pearl in the Sand puts Boaz as Rahab's direct descendant, but In the Field of Grace  does not. Although they do make a small connection. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend walking into In the Field of Grace with the expectation that it continues in the same timeline that A Pearl in the Sand left off. 

     I loved all the small little nuances of the book. Tessa Afshar managed to include so many insightful little pieces, from things like the temperament of Ruth's family to the origin of the Book of Ruth. It was absolutely brilliant! It certainly ranks with some of the best books I have read this year. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Happy Reading!

A sample of the book can be found here: 

A video of my favorite scene can be viewed here: 

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