Having enjoyed other books by Liz Curtis Higgs, I was excited to give this book a try.
From the moment I picked the book up I was in aw! Not only does Liz break down the bible verses, explaining was they mean, but she gives such a great look at the culture of that time! I felt like I was reading a history book at times, amazing! The book presents like a bible study, with a study guide in the back. It could be read as a devotional, with wonderfully written chapters. The book offers information on Ruth and Naomi's cultures, traditions, and the what nots of that day.
After the contents list, there's a map, there are also discussion questions in the back as well.
As usual, Liz Curtis Higgs, offers her, often amusing, narrative of through the story. Liz really makes the story come to life!
Though written for women, I would recommend this book for any gender and any age. In fact, my dad loves the story of Ruth and is planning on reading this book. As personal use or as a group study, this book is a mush read!
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.
Moabite, Gentile, widow, childless, idol worshiper becomes Israelite, Jewess, mother, God worshiper. Reads like a juicy tabloid headline_. Meet Ruth, great grandmother of King David. The glorious story of her redemption is written in just 4 short chapters of the Bible, but has remained for ages to foretell our salvation through Jesus.
I loved getting to know the characters in the book of Ruth and I gained a better understanding of all the "goings ons" in this short Old Testament. The writing style mixes fact with what-probably-happened-in-the-meantime fiction. This book made the Biblical account much more real to me. I can now see the emotion and the subtleties of Ruth's story that before I had always missed. I'm so glad the author included multiple Biblical translations of phrases throughout the book to help me gain a greater understanding of the text. Liz Curtis Higgs also includes the stories of modern day ladies who mirror the characters in the book of Ruth. I'll admit that I'm definitely challenged to better love my mother-in-law by Ruth's shining example!!! This would be a great book for several friends to read, study, and discuss. It has both a "light" version and an "in depth" version of study questions at the back to fit the study needs of one or many. I give this book an A - great read alone or with friends.
PS - New favorite phrase: "Kinsman-Redeemer." Just gives me the tingles. Read the book to find out more!!
I was given a free eBook version of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.