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Recently widowed, Ruth is left with a broken heart, a barren womb, and an empty future. Yet she's determined not to let her "chosen mother," Naomi, starve---so accompanies her to Israel. When Ruth meets Boaz---a wealthy landowner---she expects no special treatment. But will Boaz lose his heart to this foreign woman with haunted eyes?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.8 (inches)
ISBN: 0802410979
ISBN-13: 9780802410979

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Two women. All alone. With no provision…Can they find hope in a foreign land?

Ruth leaves her home with a barren womb and an empty future after losing her husband. She forsakes her abusive parents and follows the woman she has grown to love as a true parent, her late husband's mother, Naomi.

Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's love. She is destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God.

But God has great plans for her.

While everyone considers Ruth an unworthy outsider, she is shocked to find the owner of the field—one of the wealthiest and most honored men of Judah—is showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz finds himself 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.

Obstacles. Heartache. Withered dreams. How can God forge love, passion, and new hope between two such different people?

Author Bio

TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, lived there for the first fourteen years of her life, and attended an English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full- and part-time Christian work.

Editorial Reviews

I had a long business trip and planned to scan In the Field of Grace while on the road.  Well, forget that - I was hooked from teh first page! This is an amazing narravtive. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Ruth and Boaz's story. The biblical account came alive as the love story of Ruth and Boaz unfolded. I feel blessed to have read this book. I devoured it, reading late into the night. - Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

Packed with spiritual truth, impeccable research, and well-placed humor, In the Field of Grace takes your heart on a journey of love, loss, and triumph. This powerful retelling of Ruth and Boaz's story is my favorite novel this year.
- Mesu Andrews, author and ECPA Christian Book Award winner

Tessa Afshar is a brilliant writer and a beautiful soul. With a strong, poetic voice, Tessa brings biblical stories to life in a way that makes me want to kneel, pray, shout, and sing, all at the same time. In Tessa's lates novel, In the Field of Grace, she explores the story of Ruth and Boaz, their hardships and their breakthroughs. I finished the book feeling grateful again for God's intimate goodness and grace, and I remembered afresh how He sees us, loves us, and cares about every detail of our lives. Tessa crafts such beautiful books; I never want the stories to end! And the beautiful thing is these stories have the power to shape us and change us when we give God access to our own stories. I can't wait for the next book! - Susie Larson, national radio host, speaker, and author of Your Beautiful Purpose and The Uncommon Woman

Tessa Afshar offers readers one of the most cherished love stories from the Scriptures! Wonderfully researched, In the Field of Grace brings to life the tenderhearted and vulnverable Ruth, who is sure to captivate biblical fiction lovers!
- KacyBarnett-Gramckow, author of The Genesis Trilogy and Dawnlight

The love story between Ruth and Boaz is reimagined with truths as timely today as they were thousands of years ago; reminders of faith, love, and the sovereignty of God. - Tracy L. Higley, author of The Queen's Handmaid

A beautifully told story that will truly capture your heart. A must read for biblical fiction fans! - Ginger Garrett, author of Chosen, Reign, and Desired


"Tessa writes Biblical fiction with a personal and scholarly background that makes her characters and plot convincing. Her novels feel like a cross between The Lineage of Grace series (Francine Rivers) and the Chronicles of the Kings series (Lynn Austin). Tessa's years working in women's ministry has given her valuable insight into a woman's psyche. All three novels demonstrate a true understanding of women's fears, insecurities, doubts, joys, and sorrows. She addresses these with sensitivity and sound advice spoken through other characters. The plots in her novels are biblically based, but they also include political intrigue and romance (not that the Bible is devoid of romance) that makes you stay up far to late reading "just one more page." Despite her MDiv and personal experience living in Iran, she always points the reader back to exploring the Biblical text instead of taking her word for events and traditions. In the Field of Grace is based on the biblical account of Ruth. Afshar adds detail to the intersecting stories of Boaz, a wealthy landowner in Bethlehem, and Ruth, a poor widow from Moab. Their love story is familiar, but I enjoyed the fictional (but plausible) nuances that Afshar draws out of their individual stories. It was intriguing to consider the circumstances of both Ruth and Boaz's lives before they met one another. I especially enjoyed the epilogue - a look at David's reaction to his great-grandmother's heritage.  Like in her other novels, Afshar is an expert at revealing wisdom through her character's dialogue. I underlined many truths about suffering and God's timing."

Reviewed by Emily Gardner, Aug 4, 2014


"Tessa Afshar has taken one of the most beloved stories in the Bible and alighted it on my heart once more. In the Field of Grace exemplifies how God delights in using the most unlikely people to fulfill His divine purposes. Through a series of seemingly unrelated events, Tessa Afshar reveals how the Lord begins to weave Ruth into the lineage of Israel. Ultimately He provides hope for the world through the union of Ruth and Boaz.

The opening chapters lay a strong foundation for the remainder of the story by opening a window into the lives of Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi before their lives begin to intertwine. Over the course of the novel additional characters enrich and endear the story to its readers.

Just as I would envision Ruth of the bible, Tessa portrays her character as a humble servant – kind and compassionate. I was drawn to her light hearted humor that seemed to chase away the grief that she had to bear. She extended grace to those who mistreated her and won their affections through her selfless service to Naomi.

I particularly liked how the author created Boaz to be more than just a rescuer or romantic interest in the story. Written as a strong male character, Boaz is not exempt from fear and insecurities. He took interest in the lives of those who worked for him, acted honorably in his pursuit of Ruth, and personified a cheerful giver.

By virtue of it’s delightful storytelling, biblical truths, and irresistible characters I give In the Field of Grace 4 stars. It will be available for purchase July 1, 2014 from River North Fiction, a division of Moody Publishers."

Reviewed by Amanda Geaney, May 28, 2014

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  1. CafinatedReads2009
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace is sufficient!
    March 23, 2017
    CafinatedReads2009
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was amazing. Absolutely amazing. The message that is woven into this book, that Gods grace is sufficient through all times, good and bad, is powerful and incredible. It is just what I needed to read. Ms. Afshar is superbly talented and knew just what this reader need to read.

    Boaz and Ruth, along with Naomi, are created perfectly. I felt like I had taken a trip right to the heart of the Bible and followed their story. Both suffered tragedies beyond compare, both seeking happiness, both reaching out to each other. The way they were portrayed, the way they interacted and fell in love, made me fall in love with the whole story. It was perfect!

    Ms. Afshars book is high on my recommendations list. From start to finish, I was lost in the pages of this book, and I had it done in less than a day. It was that good. This book is powerful and worth so much more than simple 5 stars. It is worthy of 5 million stars. When it comes to Biblical fiction this is the kind of book I seek and I am so incredibly pleased to have read it.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
  2. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great look into Ruth and Naomi's story
    December 28, 2016
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she has left-a strong back and a willing heart-to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

    Ruth is the youngest daughter in her family and is not favored like her sisters. One day while shopping for her mother, Naomi approaches her and they become friends. Naomi is a widow with 2 grown sons. She invited Ruth over and introduces her to her sons. Mahlon and Ruth get married and after several years they have not had children. Mahlon and his brother get sick and pass away. Naomi is left alone with her 2 daughter-in-laws and decides she wants to go home. She tries to convince her daughter-in-laws to return to their families, but Ruth refuses. She travels with Naomi to Israel. When they get to Israel they have no money and very little food. Ruth goes to glean from the fields that are being harvested. She ends up in Boaz's field. Boaz is a relative of Naomi's husband and takes favor upon Ruth. He feeds her while she is working and tells his workers to leaves extra grain for her to pick up.

    When the harvest season is coming to an end, Naomi convinces Ruth to dress up and go to where Boaz is. When he goes to sleep Ruth is to sleep at his feet. If Boaz responds as Naomi suspects, Ruth and Boaz will marry. If they marry, their first child will be considered Mahlon's child, Naomi's grandchild.

    In the Field of Grace written by Tessa Afshar is a Biblical Historical Fiction based on the Bible accounting of Ruth and Naomi. When reading the story in the Bible I do not think of the conditions of the time and this story brings that to life. It is written so well, it feels like you are there in the field with Ruth. The writing is so realistic it is easy to feel the heat they must have worked in and the pain of the long days work. It is very easy to see how the Israelite could accept Ruth, with her loving and caring personality. It is fun to read a story that tells us how people like Naomi and Ruth were able to care for themselves. The little things that a farmer could do, that would benefit those in need so much. I like that the author has given us some incite into Ruth and Boaz's past as well as a look into their decedents. If you like Biblical Fiction, you will love this story.

    I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing and I have written an honest review.
  3. Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful retelling of Ruth and Boaz
    June 4, 2016
    Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace." (Ruth 2:2 KJV)

    In the Field of Grace, by Tessa Afshar, is a fictional retelling of the story-before-the-story of Ruth and Boaz in the Bible.

    I recently read Tessa Afshars, Land of Silence, which tells a fictional account of the Biblical woman who, in faith, touched the hem of Jesuss garment. I was so enamored by Ms. Afshars writing, that I sought out another of her books. In the Field of Grace, is another account of a Biblical woman, Ruth, and tells a fictional account of what took place prior to the Bible story account we all know and love.

    As I stated in my previous review, Ms. Afshars writing style is wonderful, moving the story forward elegantly and with purpose. I really enjoyed delving into the (fictional) lives of Ruth and Boaz. Through lifes hardships and sufferings, we all (hopefully) learn that those are the times we are drawn closest to God, and Ruth and Boaz are no exception.

    Let go, and let God and We are all part of Gods plan are the basic themes in this novel. I experienced so many emotions while reading this love story and learning about the time long ago that this story took placethe customs, beliefs, etc.

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical retellings. Although the novel is a work of fiction, it doesnt contradict the Bible, or get into muddy waters, but gives the people in the Bible a depth and realness in a respectful and honorable way.

    Publisher: River North

    Pages: 300

    Pace: Steady

    First Lines (prologue): Death squatted at Boazs door, waiting like a vulture, bidding its time. He could sense its presenceinexorable, hungry, patient.

    I received a Review Copy from MPNewsroom.
  4. C. Marcano
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Have Book!
    February 10, 2016
    C. Marcano
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What I Loved...

    Beautifully written!! Although I already knew this story, Tessa's writing told the story in such a beautiful way it felt as if I read the Book of Ruth for the first time. I felt as if I were right there experiencing it with the characters. Simply lovely! I would read anything she writes. She is very talented.

    What I Liked...

    The feelings that she conveys of each character as their story is being told was so perfect. Although these emotions aren't conveyed in the bible's telling, but the up and down emotions Tessa describes for each character is so genuine. I went back and reread the Book of Ruth after finishing this novel and I felt more connected to it. I KNOW that this is a work of fiction and Tessa's imagination but she made these biblical heroes come alive in a way I have never thought of.

    Other...

    In The Field of Grace is a work of fiction and should never replace the bible's version. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book that I can best describe it as simple lovely. I recommend reading the Book of Ruth in bible FIRST before reading this novel, it will help you appreciate both much more.

    The cover is absolutely stunning and a perfect fit.

    This is a must have book!

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The opinion of this book is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.
  5. AddLibrarian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An All-Time Favorite Author
    July 2, 2015
    AddLibrarian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tessa Afshar is probably my all-time favorite Biblical fiction author. Mainly because she doesnt avoid depicting biblical characters and culture honestly. This can be uncomfortable for some of us, especially if you struggle with biblical societys attitudes toward women, or the harsh realities that permeated their lives. She doesnt pull any punches in these areas and her portrayals of women and the ancient societies they lived in are stronger for it. Tessa Afshar reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Francine Rivers. In her Lineage of Grace series, Rivers tells the stories of the women in the lineage of Christ and highlights the theme of redemption that flows through these Old Testament stories. (Great series, I highly recommend it!)Tessa Afshar does this as well, or maybe even better than Francine Rivers. I know thats high praise, but she deserves it. It can be hard to give readers a fresh take on well-known biblical characters, but Tessa Afshar does this spectacularly with Ruth in In the Field of Grace.
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