Another Awesome Biblical Fiction Novel by Tessa Afshar!!
November 15, 2014
I had been anticipating this book ever since I'd heard that Tessa Afshar was in the process of writing it. I'm a pretty big fan of Tessa Afshar's writing so I try to read all of her books as soon as possible! Ruth is also one of my favorite heroines in the Bible so to have a novelization of her story is like so AWESOME!!
I do love,love the book cover. It is absolutely stunning!!
At first, I couldn't really get into the story because it seemed to me that it did have a slow start in my opinion. I was starting to believe that I wouldn't enjoy the story as much as I did because of a sort of the slow beginning. I STRONGLY believe and love to see a gripping first chapter because then I know I will enjoy the book.
The story of Ruth is all about redemption and it's one of the greatest love stories in the Bible. I think that the author did a very good job of portraying the story of Ruth and Naomi's redemption and the love at first sight between Ruth and Boaz. I also love how the author gave Boaz a background story. His story in the novel was so heart wrenching and heart-gripping that it really drew me in. I was really amazed at how the author gave life to Ruth's story from when she came to work in Boaz' field to when she asked Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer. It was perfect!
I'm also a big fan of the 1960's movie,"The Story of Ruth" and this novel was almost a reminisce of the movie in some parts as well.
Aside from the seemly slow start to this novel,I really enjoyed reading this! This is another Biblical fiction novel well done by Tessa Afshar! I also enjoyed reading about the other characters such as Dinah and Adin in this novel as well.
This story was fantastic read! It was a very moving and powerful story. I highly recommend "In the Field of Grace" over all of the novelizations of Ruth's story that I've read. As soon as I had the time to settle down and read this story, I had finished it in about one night. I couldn't put it down! I truly enjoyed it and I'm in high anticipation of Tessa Afshar's next novel.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Moody Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review*
There's nothing like a good biblical fiction that makes you open your bible to read what's really written.
A beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth, (fictionally) filling in the gaps and giving you a better picture of how it may of played out. The author did a wonderful job writing all the characters in this book-they were well thought out.
Tessa did an amazing job writing biblical and historical facts into the book. I was pulled into the story right from the start, though it was a slower read (filled with details), and even though I obviously know how the story ends, this book held my interest to the very last page.
So in summery; this is a beautifully written story, with well rounded characters. I would definitely recommend this book. 5 out of 5.
In the Field of Grace is the retelling of the Old Testament story of Ruth, but it is so much more. It is a tale of hope, faith when all hope is gone, releasing and trusting, and a lovely love story.
Anyone familiar with the Old Testament knows the story of Ruth a Moabite who marries into a Jewish family who has sought refuge in Moab to escape the famine in their land. When he husband dies, Ruth accompanies her widowed and now motherless mother-in-law back to Israel where she eventually finds a home for both herself and her mother-in-law. In the process of this, she finds love, acceptance, and a place in the lineage of Christ. Ruths loyalty and Naomis faith are held up as standards in the Christian faith.
Initially, I was only interested in reading this because it was written by Tessa Afshar. I have read all of her books and she has a unique storytelling ability. Many books have been written using Ruths story even some done in modern settings. But, because of Tessa Afshars Middle Eastern background, she has infused new life in this story. She portrays Ruth as a young woman who never knew love until she met Naomi and her family. Ruth never felt worthy until she accepted Gods view of her. Her loyalty and hard work to take care of Naomi really stand out as does her growing love for God. Naomi becomes so relatable as the grieving mother and wife who in her losses questions Gods care for her. Boaz becomes a very wise and godly man who uses his personal prosperity to minister to and care for many. It is no wonder that they are part of the heritage of Christ.
I received a copy of this from NetGalley for my honest review.
A Historical Romance with Prevalent Spiritual Themes
October 12, 2014
Disregarded by her birth family, Ruth's desire to belong is satisfied in her marriage to Mahlon, a kind man whose mother, Naomi, treats Ruth as her own daughter. When Mahlon and his brother die, Ruth and Naomi journey to Bethlehem, Naomi's former homeland. Desperate for food and income, Ruth gleans, picking up the pieces left behind by the field reapers employed by Boaz. As the camaraderie between Ruth and Boaz transforms into romantic inklings, both are convinced that they can never be together. Will love find a way? Read more in Tessa Afshar's In the Field of Grace.
In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar is a Biblical retelling of the Book of Ruth. The author used plenty of literary license to add story details and character motives, but also inserted quotes from the Book of Ruth. Throughout the story, various characters are taught spiritual lessons which became the themes of the book. At times, I felt like characters learned certain lessons too easily. Without enough internal struggle or tension, the development seemed a bit inauthentic. Still, themes such as surrendering what one wants most into God's care and accepting God's will with joy even when circumstances are hard are primary messages in the book that will resonate with Christian readers. I enjoyed the storyline and interspersed humor. In the Field of Grace is a keeper that I'm likely to re-read.
Those who liked Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar will enjoy In the Field of Grace as there are substantial similarities in characters and plot. I recommend In the Field of Grace to Christian readers looking for a historical romance combined with prevalent spiritual themes.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
If the Bible account is re-written to make us employ our imagination - I wonder what it was like? - then good job, mostly. Ruth being one of my favorite Bible parts, I couldn't quite wrap my mind around Boaz not being a bachelor. Older than the young(er) fields hands? Of course, or he would not be the obviously well-to-do and well-known person in the community.
I have one really serious concern: The cover portrait. I am not a 'scholar' and/or 'expert', but that modern hair cut and the look on the lady's face? And the hands held? Against a backdrop of fields, implying the before-the-wedding time? Ms. Afshar should have vetoed that one and requested as careful research on the illustration as seems to have been done for the writing.
the story had been transposed into modern times, the cover might work. As Ms. Afshar stayed with the Biblical Old Testament era it's not a fit.