A very disappointing book. I expected to read the story of Naomi, Ruth and Orpah. Instead a large portion of the book was about an adopted daughter of Naomi. The protrayal of Naomi and Ruth lacked the dedication, love and support found in the Biblical account: instead it was one of schemeing, trickery and self centeredness . Boaz was a head strong lad who was old when he met Ruth. Naomi was a mean, crochety, controlling old lady and Ruth just did what she was told. Missing were the love, dedication, and support these two women had for each other . This book was such a disappointment I put it in the paper recyling box! I would not give it to anyone to read -not those who know the Biblical account and especially NOT those who do not. The quality and value of the book were excellent the content was very poor
As Christian historical fiction, this is accurate in key details of the book of Ruth. The author weaves extra story in to help you understand the times not mentioned, from perspectives you might not usually think about. Highly recommended.
I found this book refreshing and delightful. I loved the interwoven stories of Naomi, Milcah, Boaz, and Ruth. The Bible characters were quite brought to life and given vivid personalities that personified their circumstances. Of course, Naomi is the central character and I immediately loved her and sympathized with her all through the book.
The title focuses on Naomi's relationships with Milcah and Ruth, both adopted daughters who bring Naomi great comfort and joy. I love the title "Hakamah" meaning "singer" that describes Naomi as a teller of the Bible stories so they were learned and passed down orally through generations.
The liberties the author has taken with the events and characters surrounding Boaz and the other kinsman-redeemer are humorous and add such a humanity to a well-known and beloved Bible story.
It certainly makes one think about how these people would have reacted to the events in their lives. I love how the author portrayed them. Makes a great discussion.
I was disappointed that a Christian novel contained vulgar words; I wondered if anyone had read it prior to publishing, and if so, why allow those words (yes, plural, several time). Since it was a novel, I could overlook all the inconsistansies in the story line. I had to force myself to finish it.
Most Christians are familiar with the story of Naomi, and her famous daughter in law, Ruth. Naomi is one of the few women whose story is told at some length in the pages of the Christian Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible. But as with so many other stories, many a reader has often wondered what it would be like to be there, living in Naomi's day. The story as found in Scripture is evocative and powerful, but it hints at so much more.
Storytellers have long sought to embellish and add life to the stories of the Bible. Walter Wangerin Jr. takes up his pen to weave a rich tale around the life of Naomi. His novel "Naomi and Her Daughters" covers many Biblical accounts and situates the characters in the story firmly in a believing Jewish context. And in his storytelling, Wangerin transports us to life in Palestine circa 1100 B.C.
Without giving away the plotline, I can say he imagines Naomi's life as a spiritual leader in the village of Bethlehem. He sees her adopting another daughter, whose story is recounted in another Old Testament book. He also recounts the tale of Boaz, finding him in other tales of Scripture. As the Biblical book of Ruth is situated before the accounts in Samuel and Kings, the mysterious period of the Judges must be its background. That era had its ups and downs and Wangerin traces the paths of the main characters through that turbulent period.
The book is a story of faith in a covenant keeping God -- and of long periods of doubt. It's a story of redemption and grace, and also the miseries of evil and suffering. War and peace, love and despair, bravery and cowardice, honor and depravity -- the juxtapositions of human experience find their place in this story. The technique the author uses of bouncing back and forth between the past and the present helps the reader experience the story vicariously with all its ups and downs.
Wangerin doesn't shy away from reading in between the lines and drawing out implications from the Scripture accounts. He puts psalms and Scripture promises in the mouths of the characters as well, and succeeds in bringing that day and age to life. In so doing, he runs the risk of interpreting accounts differently than the reader, but we will grant him this privilege. The history most likely didn't play out as he envisions it, and at times the tale is more earthy than some readers will want. But I believe he has captured the heart and spirit of the tale of Naomi most powerfully.
Naomi's tale has much relevance for our own day. Hers wasn't a rosy life free of thorns. Hers wasn't a happy-go-lucky faith detached from the realities of life in a sin-cursed and ever so fallen world. Her story is meant to inspire strong faith in a covenant-keeping God. Christians share Naomi's God and can have Naomi's faith. Sharing Naomi's life story will help us find that faith, and "Naomi and Her Daughters" will help us in this quest.
Disclaimer: A pre-published galley of this book was provided by Zondervan Publishing for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.