Tessa Afshar has done it again! She has taken a timeless story and given us a great picture as to what might have been in the life and time of Ruth and Boaz. I laughed and I cried. Truly a treasure to read!!
Ruth has always been one of favorite books in the Old
Testament, and now after reading In the Field of Grace, I have a deeper understanding of the spiritual signficance of this Biblical treasure. From Ruth's deep love and abiding faith I learned about acceptance of God's will with joy, even in the midst of pain and grief. And through Boaz I came to a deeper understanding of surrendering our lives and loved ones to God.
I have read all of Tessa's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them and this new one is no exception. It grabs your attention at the beginnning and never lets go even at the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read historical fiction based on Bible characters and rooted in Biblical truth.
Reading In the Field of Grace brings a hush to my soulâ€”like standing on holy ground as Tessa Afshar brings one of my favorite Biblical stories to life. I find I need to stop and bask in the Lord's presence because the story ushers me there.
As I travel the road from Moab to Bethlehem with Ruth and Naomi, I discover a deeper message for my own heart. I connect with these two women in a powerful way; Tessa has woven a masterful story with a message that will touch and transform.
If you love the story of Ruthâ€”you will love it more after reading In the Field of Grace!
"In the Field of Grace" is a wonderful book written about the Bible character, Ruth. Tessa Afshar did an amazing job portraying the story of Ruth. The story is how I always imagined it would be. The book lets you get into the minds and inner thoughts and struggles of Ruth, Boaz and Naomi. It really helps bring their characters to life. I feel like I learned so much more about all of these characters through this book. When I finished the book, I found myself wishing that the story would continue. I wanted to know more about what happened to Ruth and Boaz later in their lives. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good story. I don't think this book will disappoint you! If you try this book and love it, I would also recommend that you look into reading Tessa's other three books. Tessa is a very gifted story teller. I personally own all of her books, and I have read them more than once. Whenever she writes a new book, I always plan on buying it because I know I will love it!
The Biblical story of Ruth and Boaz is beloved because it is a concise detailed description of the lineage of Christ that we can see clearly in history. The title of this book is descriptive of the grace that Ruth benefits from in the fields of Boaz, born of God's love for her and personified in Boaz's heart for God. In the Field of Grace relates that story and is a transporting novel. It takes you right to the heart of that history and the story and even to the heart of Judah. It brings tears of joy that you share with Ruth when she is enveloped by delight from the realization that God loves her and does have provision over her, as well as sympathy for her sorrow when her despair of ever belonging or having a life of consequence washes over her; which comes as a result of her rejection in Bethlehem because she was a Moabitess. I could have done without Ruth's vision while she was in a death-like sleep (coma) after the birth of Obed, as it hearkens to the current fascination with stories about visiting heaven and God during a death experience, then returning to earth. None the less, this does not detract from the beauty of the story and Ms. Afshar's ability to relate to us the account of Ruth and Boaz. The author is a natural story-teller and the ease with which she drew me in to the heart of the characters is a clear indication of that. She uses just enough poetic license to bring everyday reality to the story which was certainly present in Bible times, via a glimpse of the culture, daily routine, and clear picture she paints of God's law being followed, or not. I was absorbed into this era from the beginning of the novel with the author's descriptive narrative of the times, the place and the people. It reads very easily and kept me turning the pages to see what beauty was in store next. It is a comforting, reassuring account of God's unfailing love for His people. This is a book to be best savored sitting outside on a summer day with a tall glass of iced tea and an uninterrupted afternoon. I give In the Field of Grace five stars and I think I will be reading Ms. Afshar's other works, as well. I was given an e-reader copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion.